Development of ion chromatography and capillary electrophoresis methods for the determination of Li in Li–Al alloy
Two methods were developed for determination Li content in Li–Al alloy by employing ion chromatography (IC) and capillary electrophoresis (CE) without any prior separation of Al matrix. In absence of suitable certified reference material the two methods were used to validate each other. Using a high capacity column and a weaker eluent methane sulphonic acid, it was possible to separate Li in IC without eluting strongly retained Al. The method showed good precision and sensitivity and was extended for analysis of routine samples. In the case of CE using imidazole as co-ion, Li was detected in CE by indirect detection. In view of no interference from Al, samples were analyzed without any matrix separation. The CE method was used successfully for sample analysis and results were compared with IC results.
KeywordsLi analysis Li–Al alloy Ion chromatography Capillary electrophoresis
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