Application of Chemcatcher passive sampler for monitoring levels of mercury in contaminated river water



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Aguilar Martínez, Rocío and Gómez Gómez, M.Milagros and Greenwood, Richard and Mills, Graham A. and Vrana, Branislav and Palacios Corvillo, María A. (2009) Application of Chemcatcher passive sampler for monitoring levels of mercury in contaminated river water. Talanta, 77 (4). pp. 1483-1489. ISSN 0039-9140

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A passive sampler (Chemcatcher) consisting of a 47 mm EmporeTM chelating disk (CHE) with iminodiacetic groups as the receiving phase overlaid with a diffusion membrane was developed and calibrated for the monitoring of Hg in water. Three different diffusion membranes including cellulose acetate (CA),polyethersulphone (PS) and cellulose dialysis membrane (D) were tested. The best performance was obtained with the CHE-PS tandem. The effective sampling rate of the device (Rs, L day−1) is defined as the equivalent volume of water extracted per unit time, and is analyte specific and can be determined experimentally in a flow-through tank. Effects of water temperature and turbulence on the uptake rate of Hg were assessed under controlled laboratory conditions. Sampling rates were in the range of 0.029–0.091 L day−1. An increase in sampling rate with turbulence was demonstrated. The detection limit of the sampler obtained in flowing waters ranged between 2.2 and 2.9 ng L−1 Hg. The performance of Chemcatcher was tested alongside spot water sampling in a 14-day field deployment at two locations on the Valdeazogues River, Almadén, Spain. In general, the Hg concentration estimated by the Chemcatcher was lower than that found in spot water samples collected over the same period. This may be explained by the behaviour of this sampler that measures only the labile fraction of Hg in water, and this will exclude some species. However, Chemcatcher preconcentrates Hg allowing its determination in some places where its concentration is below the detection limit of spot sampling.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Mercury; Chemcatcher passive sampler; River water; Contamination monitoring
Subjects:Sciences > Chemistry > Analytic chemistry
ID Code:42112
Deposited On:06 Apr 2017 07:28
Last Modified:06 Apr 2017 07:40

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