A simple two-stage column chromatographic separation scheme for strontium, lead, neodymium and hafnium isotope analyses in geological samples by thermal ionization mass spectrometry or multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.

Author(s) Lei, H.L.; Yang, T.; Jiang, S.Y.; Pu, W.
Journal J Sep Sci
Date Published 2019 Aug 19
Abstract

Here, a two-stage column separation scheme is developed for the concomitant isolation of Sr, Pb, Nd, and Hf from geological samples. The first column, which consists of three resin layers (AG50W-X8 ion exchange resin + Ln specific resin + Sr specific resin), separates the high field strength element + rare earth element, Sr and Pb from the matrices. Subsequently, Nd and Hf are further separated from the high field strength element + rare earth element fraction on the second column using 1 mL of Ln specific resin. The two-stage column process can be completed within about seven and a half hours for a batch of samples (20-30). The separated Sr fraction was ready for isotope ratio measurements by thermal ionization mass spectrometry. The Pb, Nd, and Hf fractions were converted to nitrate prior to isotopic analyses by multi-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The feasibility of this new procedure is confirmed by the analyses of four international rock standards (BCR-2, AGV-2, BHVO-2, and JB-3), which yielded isotope ratios that were in good agreement with other published data.

DOI 10.1002/jssc.201900579
ISSN 1615-9314
Citation J Sep Sci. 2019.

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