Author(s): GuevaraRiba A, Sahuquillo A, LpezSnchez JF, Rubio R
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Abstract In the present paper, three approaches are compared for the evaluation of the combined uncertainty in the determination of mercury in aquatic sediments by an aqua regia extraction procedure. For this, the data obtained in validation studies from five certified reference materials (CRMs), covering a range of concentrations from 0.8 to 130 mg kg(-1) of mercury and analysed by three atomic spectroscopic techniques (cold vapour generation atomic fluorescence spectrometry, CV-AFS, cold vapour generation atomic absorption spectroscopy, and inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy), were considered. The combined uncertainty was firstly assessed by considering separately the data obtained for each CRM analysed (approach A). Moreover, this assessment was also performed with two other calculation approaches (B and C) based on the pooled data obtained from the validation step. The comparison of the results obtained for the different techniques showed a clear bias effect when using CV-AFS with nitric acid as a diluent. In relation to the strategies tested for the combined uncertainty assessment, approach C proved to be the easiest and friendliest method for uncertainty assessment.
This article was published in Anal Bioanal Chem
and referenced in Immunochemistry & Immunopathology