Development of a radiochemical neutron activation analysis procedure for determination of rhenium in biological and environmental samples at ultratrace level

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Abstract

Radiochemical neutron activation procedures using liquid-liquid extraction with tetraphenylarsonium chloride in chloroform from 1M HCl and solid extraction with ALIQUAT 336 incorporated in a polyacrylonitrile binding matrix from 0.1M HCl were developed for accurate determination of rhenium in biological and environmental samples at the sub-ng· g−1 level. Concentrations of Re in the range of 0.1 to 2.4 ng· g−1 were determined in several botanical reference materials (RM), while in a RM of road dust a value of ∼10 ng· g−1 was found. Significantly elevated values of Re, up to 90 ng· g−1 were found in seaweed (brown algae). Results for Re in the brown algae Fucus vesiculosus in which elevated 99Tc values had previously been determined suggested possible competition between Re and Tc in the accumulation process.

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