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  • Main Title Field analysis of mercury in water, sediment and soil using static headspace analysis


  • Author: Kriger, A.A.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Lockwood Greene Technologies, Oak Ridge, TN (United States)
  • Author: Turner, R.R.
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


  • Sponsor: United States. Department of Energy.
    Contributor Type: Organization
    Contributor Info: USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)


  • Name: Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Place of Publication: Tennessee
    Additional Info: Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States)


  • Creation: 1994-12-31


  • English


  • Content Description: We developed a field screening method for rapid analysis of Hg in water, soil, and sediment, which can be applied cost-effectively at Hg-contaminated sites. Samples are chemically pretreated in ordinary containers, followed by analysis of the sample headspace Hg vapor using a portable commercial analyzer. Hg in water samples is reduced directly by the addition of stannous chloride, while solids are first digested with aqua regia or piranha solution to liberate the Hg from the solids. Aided by vigorous agitation after adding the reductant, the elemental Hg partitions between solution and headspace according to Henry`s Law. The method requires about 2 and 15 minutes to complete for water and solids, respectively. The method provides very useful detection limits for water (0.1 {mu}g/L) and solids (2-3{mu}g/g). Intercomparisons with laboratory-analyzed environmental samples show good agreement.
  • Physical Description: 10 p.


  • Keyword: Environmental Materials
  • Keyword: Mercury
  • Keyword: Quantitative Chemical Analysis
  • Keyword: Detection
  • STI Subject Categories: 54 Environmental Sciences
  • STI Subject Categories: 40 Chemistry
  • Keyword: Portable Equipment


  • Conference: International conference on mercury as a global pollutant, Whistler (Canada), 10-14 Jul 1994


  • Name: Office of Scientific & Technical Information Technical Reports
    Code: OSTI


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Article


  • Text


  • Other: DE96009631
  • Report No.: CONF-940729--2
  • Grant Number: AC05-84OR21400
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 228520
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc673250


  • Display Note: OSTI as DE96009631
  • Display Note: Medium: P; Size: 10 p.