Minimization of mass interferences in quadrupole inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometric (ICP-MS) determination of palladium using a flow injection on-line displacement solid-phase extraction protocol
A flow injection on-line displacement solid-phase extraction protocol was employed to minimize mass interferences with determination of palladium by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). The developed method involved in on-line complexing of Ag + with pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDC), presorption of the resultant Ag-PDC onto a microcolumn packed with the cigarette filter, displacement sorption of Pd 2+ through loading the sample solution onto the microcolumn due to on-line displacement reaction between Pd 2+ and the presorbed Ag-PDC, elution of the retained Pd 2+ with 50 μL of ethanol for on-line ICP-MS detection. Interferences from co-existing heavy metal ions with lower stability of their PDC complexes relative to Ag-PDC were minimized/eliminated. No interferences from 5 mg L - 1 Zn and 3 mg L - 1 Pb for 104Pd, 0.4 mg L - 1 Cu for 105Pd, 6 mg L - 1 Zn and 2 mg L - 1 Cd for 106Pd, 6 mg L - 1 Zn and 3 mg L - 1 Cd for 108Pd, and 2 mg L - 1 Cd for 110Pd were observed for the determination of 100 ng L - 1 Pd. The enhancement factors of 71-75, sample throughput of 23 samples h - 1 and detection limits of 2.8-3.5 ng L - 1 were achieved with the consumption of 3.0 mL of sample solution. The precision (RSD) for eleven replicate determinations of Pd at the 100 ng L - 1 level was 1.8-2.7%. The developed method was applied to the determination of palladium in rock samples.