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2 ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY Three techniques (methods) included in atomic spectroscopy: 1) atomic absorption spectroscopy 2) atomic emisssion spectroscopy 3) atomic fluorescene spectroscopy

3 Atomic spectroscopy In order to perform atomic spectroscopy, atoms of the analyte must first be formed, usually in the form of an atomic vapor. Atomization – the process by which a sample is converted to an atomic vapor. Atomizer – a device used to converted a sample to an atomic vapor.

4 Atomic spectroscopy Three types of atomizer: 1) flame atomizer
2) plasma atomizer 3) electrothermal atomizer

5 Atomization process Solution of the analyte is evaporated rapidly at an elevated temperature to yield a finely divided solid. Further heating will break down into gaseous atoms.

6 Flame atomization

7 Process occuring during atomization
Nebulization – Conversion of the liquid sample to a fine spray. Desolvation - Solid atoms are mixed with the gaseous fuel. Volatilization – Solid atoms are converted to a vapor in the flame. There are three types of particles that exist in the flame: 1) Atoms 2) Ions 3) Molecules

8 1. Types of Flames 2. Flame Structure Fuel / Oxidant Temperature
H–CC-H acetylene / air – 2400 C (most common) acetylene / N2O – 2800 C acetylene / O – 3150 C Selection of flame type depends on the volatilization of interest. 2. Flame Structure Interzonal region is the hottest part of the flame and best for atomic absorption. Oxidation of the atoms occurs in the secondary combustion zone where the atoms will form molecular oxides and are dispersed into the surroundings.

9 Temperature Profile Temperature profile in degrees Celsius for a natural gas-air flame

10 3. Burners Two types of burners in flame spectroscopy i. Turbulent flow (total consumption burner) ii. Laminar flow (premix burner)

11 Turbulent Flow Burner Nebulizer & burner are
combined into a single unit. Sample is drawn up the capillary & nebulized Sample flow rate: 1 to 3 mL/min

12 Turbulent Flow Burner Advantage: Disadvantages:
introduce relatively large & representative sample into the flame. Disadvantages: A relatively short path length through flame Problems with clogging of the tip Burners noisy from electronic and auditory stand point

13 Laminar Flow Burner Sample is nebulized by the flow of oxidant past a capillary tip. Resulting aerosol then mixed with fuel & flows past a series of baffles that remove all but the finest droplets. Majority of the sample collects in the bottom of mixing chamber, drained to a waste container. Aerosol, oxidant & fuel are burned in a slotted burner that provided a flame, 5 – 10 cm in length.

14 Laminar Flow Burner Advantages: i. Provide quiet flame
ii. Longer path length, enhance sensitivity & reproducibility Disadvantages: i. Lower rate of sample introduction ii. Possibility of selective evaporation of mixed solvents in the mixing chamber, create analytical uncertainties. iii. Mixing chamber contains a potentially explosive mixture that can flash back if the flow rates are too low.

15 Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (based on flame)
Currently the most widely used of all the atomic methods. Simplicity, effectiveness, relatively low cost. Flame atomization best for reproducibility (precision)(<1%)

16 Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (based on flame)
The spectra result form the atomized sample absorbing photons of radiation of the appropriate energy (wavelength). Energy of radiation absorbed by a vaporized atom is identical with that needed to bring about excitation to a higher electronic state. Transitions: excitation of an electron from ground state to a higher energy level E1 E0


18 Spectrophotometers Contain same basic components as an instrument designed for absorption analysis of solution. Source sample container (flame or hot surface)  selector detector readout system

19 AA Spectrophotometer Design
1. Single Beam Instrument The modulated power source can be replaced by a chopper

20 AA Spectrophotometer Design
2. Double-Beam Instrument

21 Double-Beam Instrument
Radiation from hollow cathode lamp is split into 2 beams One passes through the flame The other around the flame A half-silvered mirror returns both beams to a single path then pass through the monochromator then detector. Note: monochromator placed between sample and detector Eliminates most of the radiation originating from the flame.

22 A. Radiation Sources for AAS
LINE SOURCE – narrow emission bands. Examples of line source used in AAS: Electrodeless discharge lamp (EDL) Hollow cathode lamp (HCL)

23 1. Hollow Cathode Lamp (HCL)
light source in AA instrument light from this lamp exactly light required for the analysis, even no monochromator is used. atoms of metal tested are present within the lamp.

24 How does the Hollow Cathode Lamp works?
When lamp on, atoms are supplied with energy Causes atoms elevate to excited states Upon returning to ground state, exactly the same wavelength that are useful in the analysis are emitted Since the analyzed metal with exactly the same energy levels that undergoes excitation Hollow cathode lamp MUST contain the element to be determined

25 Mechanism of excitation process in Hollow Cathode Lamp
Lamp is a sealed glass envelope filled with argon (or Neon) gas When lamp is ON, Ne atoms are ionized with electrons drawn to anode (+ charge electrode) The Ne ions, Ne+ bombard the surface of the cathode (- charge electrode) Metal atoms, M, in the cathode are elevated to the excited state and are rejected from the surface as a result of this bombardment

26 Mechanism of excitation process in Hollow Cathode Lamp
When atoms return to ground state, characteristic line spectrum of that atom is emitted This light is directed at the flame, where unexcited atoms of the same element absorb the radiation and are themselves raised to the excited state Absorbance is measured, and related to the concentration

27 Illustration of mechanism of excitation process in HCL

28 Electrodeless Discharge Lamp (EDL)
Constructed of a metal or salt of interest sealed in a quartz tube filled with a noble gas (Ne or Ar) at low pressure (1 – 5 torr). The noble gas is ionized and accelerated by a strong radio- frequency (RF) or microwave field and in turn excite the metal or salt of interest. Provide radiant intensities usually one to two orders of magnitude greater than HCL.

29 Source of Modulation Function: Employed in AAS to distinguish between the component of radiation arising from the source and the component of radiation arising from the flame background Device: light chopper

30 Source Modulation Light chopper
A chopper or a modulated power supply is used to modulate the source radiation that passes through the atomizer (flame). The chopper rotates resulting in an alternating atomic absorption and atomic emission signal. The signal from emission of radiation will be continuous and can be substracted from the modulated AA signal.

31 Light chopper Eliminate the effects of radiation from the flame Light is “chopped” with a rotating half-mirror so that detector sees alternating light intensities One moment, only light emitted by flame is read since the light from the source is cut off Next moment, light from both the flame emission & transmission of the source’s light is measured since the source’s light is allowed to pass The elements of the detector is such that the emission signal is substracted from the total signal & this difference is what we measured.

32 Questions In flame atomic absorption spectroscopy, briefly describe the ‘atomization’ process which the analyte undergoes. Why is source modulation employed in atomic absorption spectroscopy? Name the device used for this purpose. Name the common line source used in AAS.

33 INTERFERENCES Spectral interference Chemical interference

34 Spectral interference
Arise when particulate matter from atomization scatters the incident radiation from the source. Or when absorption or emission of an interfering species either overlaps or lies so close to the analyte absorption that resolution by the monochromator becomes impossible.

35 Spectral interference (simple words)
Is one in which the spectral line of the elements being determined overlaps with a spectral line (or band) from another element present in the sample. The effect of the element will also be measured & thus the results will be incorrect.

36 The most common method of solving this problem
Spectral interference The most common method of solving this problem i) Tune the monochromator to a different spectral line for the element of interest so that there is no overlap. ii) secondary lines (can be found in the literature)

37 Chemical interefrence
2 common types of chemical interferences (that reduce the concentration of free gaseous atoms) (i) ionization (ii) formation of molecular species

38 Chemical interference – Ionization
Sample (liquid/solid) must be vaporized & atomized in a high temperature source such as flame. This high temperature environment lead to ionization of the analyte atoms. Analyte ionization can be supressed by adding a source of electrons, which shifts the equilibrium of the analyte from the ionic to the atomic form. Cesium and potassium are common ionization supressors that are added to analyte solutions. Analyte  Analyte e-

39 Chemical interference – Ionization
Cesium and potassium are common ionization suppressors that are added to analyte solutions These atoms (Cs & K) are easily ionized & produce a high concentration of free electrons in the flame.

40 Chemical interference – Refractory Formation
Some elements can form refractory compounds that are not atomized in flames. E.g. in the presence of phosphates, which interferes with calcium measurements due to formation of refractory calcium phosphate. Formation of refractory compounds can be prevented or reduced by adding a releasing agent.

41 Chemical interference – Refractory Formation For calcium measurement:
Adding lanthanum to the sample (and standard) solutions binds the phosphates as LaPO4. LaPO4 has a very high formation constant, Kf and effectively ties up the phosphate interferent.

42 Quantitative Analysis
Calibration Curve Standard Addition Method Absorption behavior follows Beer’s Law & concentration of unknown are determined the same way. All atomic species have an absorptivity, a Pathlength, b is width of the flame A = abc

43 Calibration Curve Method
A general method for determining the concentration of a substance in an unknown sample by comparing the unknown to a set of std sample of known concentration. Plot is linear over a significant concentration range (the dynamic range). Analysis should never be based on the measurement of a single standard with assumption that Beer’s law is being followed.

44 Standard Addition Method
Extensively used in AAS Compensate for variation caused by physical & chemical interferences in the analyte solution The most common way involves adding one or more increments of a standard solution to sample aliquots of the same size. This process is often called spiking the sample. Each solution is then diluted to a fixed volume before measurement.

45 Volume of standard (mL)
Example: Standard Addition Method The chromium in an aqueous sample was determined by pipetting 10.0 mL of the unknown into each of five mL volumetric flasks. Various volumes of a standard containing 12.2 ppm Cr were added to the flasks, following which the solutions were diluted to the volume. 1. Plot the data. 2. Calculate the concentration of Cr in the sample. Volume of unknown (mL) Volume of standard (mL) Absorbance 10.0 0.0 0.201 0.292 20.0 0.378 30.0 0.467 40.0 0.554

46 Standard Addition - if Beer’s law is obeyed, A = bVstdCstd + bVxCx Vt Vt = kVstdCstd + kVxCx
k is a constant equal to b Vt

47 Standard Addition - Plot a graph: A vs Vstd (should yield a straight line) A = mVstd b slope; m = kCstd intercept; b = kVxCx Concentration of unknown: Cx = bCstd mVx

48 Detection Limits (ng/mL)
Element AAS Flame Al 30 Cu 2 As 100 Fe 5 Ca 1 Hg 500 Cd Pb 10 Cr 3 Zn Nanogram/mililiter = g/mL = ppm

49 Accuracy Relative error associated with a flame absorption analysis is the order of 1% to 2% With special precautions, this figure can be lowered to a few tenths of one percent.

50 AAS and aes Both methods use atomization of a sample and therefore determine the concentrations of elements. For AAS, absorption of radiation of a defined wavelength is passed through a sample and the absorption of the radiation is determined. The absorption is defined by the electronic transition for a given element and is specific for a given element. The concentration is proportional to the absorbed radiation. In AES, the element is excited. A rapid relaxation is accompanied by emission of UV or visible radiation is used to identify the element. The intensity of the emitted photon is proportional to element concentration.

51 Atomic emission spectrometry

52 introduction Basic Schematic
Scanning instruments can detect multiple elements. Many lines detected so sometimes it is a quantitatively difficult method. Source can be flame, but more commonly plasma because it is much hotter.

53 1. Plasma Sources Plasma – Highly ionized, electrically neutral gaseous mixture of cations and electrons that approaches temperature  10,000 K. There are three types of plasma sources: A) Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) B) Direct current plasma (DCP) C) Microwave induced plasma (MIP) ICP is the most common plasma source.

54 Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)
Constructed of three concentric quartz tube. RF current passes through the water-cooled Cu coil, which induces a magnetic field. A spark generates argon ions which are held in the magnetic field and collide with other argon atoms to produce more ions. Argon in outer tube swirls to keep plasma above the tube. The heat is produced due to the formation of argon ions.

55 Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) 1. Sample Introduction
a. Liquid Sample - Nebulizer similar to FAAS - Sample nebulized in a stream of argon with a flow rate of 0.3 – L/min. - Sample aerosol enters the plasma at the base through the central tube. b. Solid Samples - Sample atomized by electrothermal atomization a and carried into the plasma by a flow of argon gas.

56 Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP) Analyte Atomization and Ionization
By the time the analyte reaches the observation zone it has resided in the excitation zone for  2 ms. Advantages of ICP over flame: a) Temperature is two to three times higher than in a flame or furnace, which results in higher atomization and excitation efficiencies. b) There is little chemical interference. c) Atomization in the inert (argon) atmosphere minimizes oxidation of the analyte. d) Short optical path length minimizes the probability of self-absorption by argon atoms in the plasma. e) Linear calibration curves can cover up to five orders of magnitude.

57 Plasma Appearance Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP)
a. Excitation Region The bright, white, donut shaped region at the top of the torch. Radiation from this region is a continuum with the argon line spectrum superimposed. Temperature: 8000 – K b. Observation Region The flame shaped region above the torch with temperatures  – 8000 K. The spectrum consists of emission lines from the analyte along with many lines from ions in the torch.

58 2. Flame Emission Spectroscopy Measure the intensity of emitted radiation

59 instrumentation Consists of: Nebulizer Burner Monochromator Detector
Readout device / computer

60 Flame emission spectroscopy

61 process Sample is sprayed by the nebulizer into burner
Carried into the flame Atomized & excited The emission from the excited atoms passes into the monochromator where the selected wavelength is passed through for measurement Intensity of the emitted wavelength is measured by the detection system & indicated on the readout/computer


63 Relationship Between Atomic Absorption and Flame Emission Spectroscopy
Flame Emission -> it measures the radiation emitted by the excited atoms that is related to concentration Atomic Absorption -> it measures the radiation absorbed by the unexcited atoms that are determined. Atomic absorption depends only upon the number of unexcited atoms, the absorption intensity is not directly affected by the temperature of the flame. The flame emission intensity in contrast, being dependent upon the number of excited atoms, is greatly influenced by temperature variations.

64 Flame Emission Spectroscopy
Flame Emission Spectroscopy is based upon those particles that are electronically excited in the medium. The Function of Flame 1. To convert the constituents of liquid sample into the vapor state. 2. To decompose the constituents into atoms or simple molecules: M+ + e- (from flame)  M + hv 3. To electronically excite a fraction of the resulting atomic or molecular species: M  M*

65 summary Flame Atomic Absorption Flame Atomic Emission Process measured
Absorption (light absorbed by unexcited atoms in flame) Emission (light emitted by excited atoms in a flame) Use of flame Atomization Atomization & excitation Instrumentation Light source No light source Beer’s Law Applicable Not applicable Data obtained A vs c I vs c

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