Precise boron isotopic analysis of natural rock samples using a boron-mannitol complex

Eizo Nakamura, Tsuyoshi Ishikawa, Jean Luis Birck, Claude J. Allègre

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    Abstract

    Newly developed techniques for boron chemical separation and isotopic analysis in natural silicate rocks and waters are described. Sample dissolution and the subsequent ion-exchange chromatography were conducted using hydrofluoric and hydrochloric acids in the presence of mannitol which suppresses boron volatilization and isotopic fractionation by the formation of a boron-mannitol complex. Thermal ionization mass spectrometry using the Cs2BO2+-graphite method was employed for the determination of boron isotopic composition. No boron isotopic fractionation was observed in the course of chemical separation and mass spectrometry. In the whole analytical procedure, procedural blank and recovery yield of boron were 3–4 ng and 99 ± 1%, respectively. The analytical precision and reproducibility of measured 11B/10B ratios were ±0.1−0.1% and ±0.2‰ for the measurements of basalt and seawater, respectively. The present method enables us to determine the isotopic composition of < 1 μg B in silicate samples and in natural fluids with the above-mentioned analytical errors. This method also provides a remarkable improvement in the measurement of boron concentration by isotope dilution mass spectrometry because of the achievement of complete mixing between sample and spike during sample decomposition.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-204
    Number of pages12
    JournalChemical Geology
    Volume94
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1992

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Geology
    • Geochemistry and Petrology

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