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A simple method for the precise determination of boron, zirconium, niobium, hafnium and tantalum using ICP-MS and new results for rock reference samples

KAZUYA NAGAISHI, TSUYOSHI ISHIKAWA
Geochemical Journal, Vol. 43, No. 2, P. 133-141, 2009

ABSTRACT

An analytical technique for determining boron, zirconium, niobium, hafnium and tantalum contents in rock samples by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) is described. The rock samples (<30 mg) were decomposed with mannitol-added HF, and dissolved in a 0.015 M HF/0.12 M HNO3 acid mixture for ICP-MS analysis. Boron, zirconium, niobium, hafnium and tantalum concentrations were measured by the internal calibration curve method using three internal standard elements, beryllium for boron, indium for zirconium and niobium, and rhenium for hafnium and tantalum. Seventeen rock reference samples from the Geological Survey of Japan and the U.S. Geological Survey were analyzed, and the determined concentrations showed good agreement with the reported values obtained by isotope dilution method, as well as with the recommended values. This technique is a simple method for the precise determination of boron, zirconium, niobium, hafnium and tantalum concentrations, and it has wide potential for geochemical application, particularly for the determination of boron.

KEYWORDS

ICP-MS, analytical method, rock reference samples, boron, high field strength elements

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