Determination of boron content and isotopic composition in gypsum by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and positive thermal ionization mass spectrometry using phase transformation.

Author(s) Ma, Y.Q.; Peng, Z.K.; Yang, J.; Xiao, Y.K.; Zhang, Y.L.
Journal Talanta
Date Published 2017 Dec 01
Abstract

As a stable isotope, boron plays an important role in hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, ore deposit geochemistry and marine paleoclimatology. However, there is no report of boron isotopic composition in gypsum. This is mainly confined to complete dissolution of Gypsum by water or acid. In this study, gypsum was converted to calcium carbonate (CaCO3) with ammonium bicarbonate(NH4HCO3) by two steps at 50°C. In every step, the mass ratio of NH4HCO3/CaSO4·2H2O was twice, and conversion rate reached more than 98%. Converted CaCO3 was totally dissolved with hydrochloric acid (the dissolution rate was over 99%). In order to overcome the difficulties of the matrix interference and the detection limit of Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), we use Amberlite IRA 743 resin to purify and enrichment the boron at first, then eluting boron from the resin with 10mL 0.1mol/L hydrochloric acid at 75°C. The boron isotopic composition of natural gypsum samples was determined using positive thermal ionization mass spectrometry (P-TIMS). The boron isotopic composition of gypsum may be an excellent indicator for the formation environment.

DOI 10.1016/j.talanta.2017.07.006
ISSN 1873-3573
Citation Ma Y-, Peng Z-, Yang J, Xiao Y-, Zhang Y-. Determination of boron content and isotopic composition in gypsum by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy and positive thermal ionization mass spectrometry using phase transformation. Talanta. 2017;175:250-255.

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