Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 60, Issue 9, pp 868–873 | Cite as

Rapid Fluorometric Determination of Trace Indium(III) in Microemulsion Medium after Preconcentration and Separation by Sulphydryl Dextrane Gel

  • Qin Wei
  • Bin Du
  • Hui Zhang
  • Yan Li
  • Zaijun Li


A new highly sensitive, stable, and accurate fluorometric method for the determination of indium(III) has been established in cetyltrimethylammonium bromide(CTMAB) microemulsion media. The excellent color-forming reagent 2,6,7-trihydroxy-9-(3,5-dibromo-4-hydroxyphenyl) fluorone (DBH-PF) reacts with indium(III) to form a purple complex with a 3 : 1 (ligand to metal) ratio in HAc-NaAc buffer solution at pH 4.94. The emission peak occurs at 556 nm with excitation at 525 nm. Indium(III) can be determined in the linear range of 0.005–0.30 µg mL−1 with a detection limit of 0.0029 µg mL−1. Foreign ions are eliminated by preconcentration and separation with sulfhydryl dextranegel (SDG). The proposed method has been satisfactorily examined for the determination of indium(III) in ore and sludge samples. The relative standard deviations are in all instances less than 3.0%, and the recoveries are between 94.7, and 99.5%.


Standard Deviation Indium Sludge Bromide Detection Limit 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qin Wei
    • 1
  • Bin Du
    • 1
  • Hui Zhang
    • 1
  • Yan Li
    • 1
  • Zaijun Li
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Chemistry and Chemical EngineeringJinan UniversityJinanChina
  2. 2.Lanzhou Institute of Chemical PhysicsChinese Academy of ScienceLanzhouChina

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