On-Site Mine Water Analysis : Application Note for the PDV6000plus
Computing, Health and Science
Faculty Office (FCHS)/Centre for Ecosystem Management
This study presents a matrix-removal system for metals that interfere with the determination of arsenic with a voltammetric instrument capable of on-site use. A three-step sample pre-treatment system was developed to remove Fe, Cu and Zn: filtration, adjustment of pH (pH 5.5) and column-extraction of interfering metals using chelating resin. This set-up allowed the direct and accurate determination of As in mine waters containing up to 1500 μg L⁻¹ Cu and 500 μg L⁻¹ Zn and confirmed interferences at higher concentrations. Column optimisation and method adaptation for rapid on-site use are discussed.