Novel nickel isolation procedure for a wide range of sample matrices without using dimethylglyoxime for isotope measurements using MC-ICP-MS

Dilan M. Ratnayake, Ryoji Tanaka, Eizo Nakamura

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Abstract

Nickel isotope ratios have traditionally been used as an important tracer in cosmochemistry, and recently, it has gained attention in geochemistry, biochemistry, and environmental sciences with the development of MC-ICP-MS. Purification of Ni before isotope measurement is mandatory for obtaining precise data, which has been commonly achieved with ion-exchange chromatography, employing dimethylglyoxime (DMG) as a chelating agent for Ni. However, it has been pointed out that the use of DMG can adversely affect the isotope measurement due to insufficient Ni recovery and mass bias during measurement caused by the remaining DMG. Ni isolation procedures without the usage of DMG were innovated, but they have disadvantages such as the necessity of complex separation methods, high Ni blank, and matrix-dependent Ni recovery. Here, we present a simple Ni isolation procedure without using DMG but with the aid of oxalic acid along with common inorganic acids, achieving near-complete recovery of Ni with low blanks [0.7 ± 0.3 ng (2SD, n = 4)] only using three ion exchange column steps. To validate our method and strengthen the Ni isotope database of reference materials, 60Ni/58Ni of 20 geological reference materials, covering wide matrix compositions, were measured by MC-ICP-MS using the double-spike method. The results have shown that high recovery of Ni, independent of the sample matrix elements was achieved (98 ± 4%) and the 60Ni/58Ni was measured with a 2SD of 0.006–0.084‰ from samples containing 100–200 ng Ni.

Original languageEnglish
Article number338934
JournalAnalytica Chimica Acta
Volume1181
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 9 2021

Keywords

  • 3 column method
  • Double spike method
  • High recovery yield
  • MC-ICP-MS
  • Nickel isotope
  • Oxalic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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