Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Analysis of Plant Leaves Using Laser Ablation Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry: Use of Carbon to Compensate for Matrix Effects
- Author(s): Chirinos, J
- Oropeza, D
- González, J
- Zorba, V
- Russo, RE
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0003702816683686
© Society for Applied Spectroscopy. Direct solid sampling by laser ablation into an inductively coupled plasma synchronous vertical dual view optical emission spectroscope (LA-SVDV-ICP-OES) was used for the elemental analysis of nutrient elements Ca, B, Mn, Mg, K, and Zn and essential (non-metallic) elements P and S in plant materials. The samples were mixed with paraffin as a binder, an approach that provides better cohesion of the particles in the pellets in addition to supplying carbon to serve as an internal standard (atomic line C I 193.027 nm) as a way to compensate for matrix effects, and/or variations in the ablation process. Precision was in the range of 1-8% relative standard deviation (RSD) with limit of detection in the range of 0.4-1 mg/kg-1and 25-640 mg/kg-1for metallic and non-metallic elements, respectively.