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Title: Determination of fluorine in tea using highresolution molecular absorption spectrometry with electrothermal vaporization of the calcium monofluoride CaF
Other Titles: Talanta
Authors: Morés, Silvane
Monteiro, Gustavo C.
Santos, Flaviane da Silva
Carasek, Eduardo
Welz, Bernhard
Keywords: molecular absorption spectrometry;Fluorine determination;Highresolution;continuum source;CaF molecular absorption;Electrothermal vaporization;Tea analysis
Issue Date: 2011
Abstract: Highresolution continuum source molecular absorption of the calcium monofluoride molecule CaF in a graphite furnace has been used to determine fluorine in tea after acid digestion, alkaline solubilization and preparation of a conventional aqueous infusion. The strongest absorption ‘line’ of the CaF molecule is at 606.440 nm, which is part of the rotational fine structure of the X 26+ − A 25 electronic transition; it has a bond dissociation energy of 529 kJ mol−1, which is comparable with other molecules used for fluorine determination. One advantage of using Ca as the moleculeforming reagent is that spectral interferences are extremely unlikely in the spectral range of its strongest absorption. Another advantage is that Ca acts both as molecule forming reagent and chemical modifier, so that no other reagent has to be added, making the method very simple. The only disadvantage is that Ca has a somewhat negative influence on the graphite tube lifetime. The limit of detection was found to be 0.16 mg L−1 F, corresponding to 1.6 ng F absolute, and the calibration curve was linear in the range between 0.5 and 25 mg L−1 with a correlation coefficient of R = 0.9994. The results obtained for a certified tea reference material were in agreement with the certified value on a 95% confidence level. There was also no difference between the results obtained after an acid digestion and an alkaline solubilization for 10 tea samples, based on a paired ttest. The values found in the 10 samples ranged between 42 mg g−1 and 87 mg g−1 F; the tea infusions contained between 21 mg g−1 and 56 mg g−1 F, with an extraction rate between 48% and 74%.
Description: texto completo: acesso restrito. p. 2681– 2685.
URI: http://www.repositorio.ufba.br/ri/handle/ri/5315
ISSN: 1873-3573
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