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Intercomparison exercise for heavy metals in PM10

Funded under: FP7-JRC

Abstract

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) has carried out an Intercomparison Exercise (IE) for the determination of heavy metals in particulate matter (PM10). The IE focussed on lead (Pb), arsenic (As), nickel (Ni) and cadmium (Cd), the heavy metals regulated by the 1st and 4th Daughter Directives for Air Pollution. Copper (Cu), chromium (Cr) and zinc (Zn), the elements included in the EMEP programme together with aluminium (Al), cobalt (Co), iron (Fe), manganese (Mn) and vanadium (V) were also tested. Fourteen laboratories, generally members of the Network of Air Quality Reference Laboratories (AQUILA), participated in the IE. The participants mainly used microwave digestion with nitric acid and hydrogen peroxide and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS) or Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (GF-AAS) for analysis as recommended in the reference method (EN 14902). However, a few participants used other methods: Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), Atomic Emission Spectrometry (ICP-AES) and Voltammetry for analysis and vaporisation on hot plate before microwave digestion, Soxhlet extraction, high pressure or cold Hydrogen Fluoride methods for digestion.

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Authors: GERBOLES M, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BUZICA, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);D., European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 23219 EN (2008), 76 pp. Free of Charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=LBNA23219 (Catalogue Number: LB-NA-23219-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 978-92-79-08206-1
Record Number: 200819938 / Last updated on: 2008-07-28
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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