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Micelle-mediated extraction and neutron activation determination of nanogram levels of vanadium in seaweeds

  • Y. Serfor-Armah
  • D. Carboo
  • R. K. Akuamoah
  • A. Chatt
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Abstract

A simple one-step micelle-mediated extraction, commonly called cloud point extraction, method was developed for the preconcentration of vanadium in red, brown and green seaweeds. The recovery of vanadium under the optimized conditions of pH 3.7, [PAN/TAN] = 1×10−4 M, [PONPE-20] = 0.1% (m/v), ionic strength = 0.05 M KNO3, and a temperature of 41 °C was > 99%. Vanadium was assayed by neutron activation analysis using the Dalhousie University SLOWPOKE-2 reactor facility. The detection limits for vanadium varied from 0.6 to 3.9 µg kg−1 depending on the sample. The method was validated using certified reference materials. Mass fractions of vanadium in seaweeds ranged from 0.009 to 55.4 mg kg−1.

Keywords

Cloud point extraction Neutron activation Vanadium Seaweeds 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge with thanks the (1) award of a Fellowship by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to Yaw Serfor-Armah for a sandwich Ph.D. program at Dalhousie University, (2) award of Discovery and Infrastructure Grants to A. Chatt by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and (3) cooperation of the Dalhousie University SLOWPOKE-2 Reactor (DUSR) facility in carrying out the project. This paper was presented at the Eleventh International Conference on Methods and Applications of Radioanalytical Chemistry (MARC-XI) held at Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i, USA, during 2018 April 08–13.  

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trace Analysis Research Centre, Department of ChemistryDalhousie UniversityHalifaxCanada
  2. 2.School of Nuclear and Allied Sciences, College of Basic and Applied SciencesUniversity of GhanaAtomic-AccraGhana
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry, College of Basic and Applied SciencesUniversity of GhanaLegon-AccraGhana

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