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Electrochemical Measurement of Toxic Metal Contaminants in the Waters of the Golden Triangle Area By: Progga Chirontoni Mentor: Dr. Andrew Gomes Dan F.

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1 Electrochemical Measurement of Toxic Metal Contaminants in the Waters of the Golden Triangle Area By: Progga Chirontoni Mentor: Dr. Andrew Gomes Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University Texas STEM Conference-2014, Beaumont, TX

2 Overview About Heavy Metals Detection Techniques Nano-band electrode system and electrochemistry Optimization Results Conclusion

3 Heavy metals in the environment Toxic metals such as lead, cadmium, copper and arsenic are referred to as heavy metals Widespread Occurrence (regulated by federal and regional agencies) Presence of chemical, petrochemical and metal-work industries in Golden Triangle area

4 Effects on Human Health MetalsMain sourceHealth effectsMaximum Permissible Limit (mg/L of water) Lead (Pb)natural deposits, plumbing of old households poor physical growth and learning disabilities in children, kidney problems, and high blood pressure in adults Cadmium (Cd)phosphate fertilizers, iron, and steel industry, batteries Carcinogenic, kidney problems, poor growth rate, anemia and hypertension Copper (Cu)household plumbing materials and industrial manufacture Gastro-intestinal distress and in the long run, experience liver or kidney damage Arsenic (As)volcanoes, weathering of arsenic-containing minerals and ores skin and internal cancers, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases 0.010

5 Detection Techniques LABORATORY-BASED 1. Spectrometric techniques (Hydride generation atomic absorption spectrometry (HG-AAS), Graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrometry (GFAAS), Atomic fluorescence spectrometry (AFS)) 2. Inductively coupled plasma (ICP) techniques (ICP-Atomic emission spectrometry (AES), ICP-Mass Spectrometry (MS)) 3. High performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and ICP-MS 4. Laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) FIELD-DEPLOYABLE 1. X-ray fluorescence 2. Colorimetric assays (spectrophotometers) 3. Electrochemical methods (Polargraphic techniques, Cathodic stripping voltammetry (CSV), Anodic stripping voltammetry (ASV))

6 Anodic Stripping Voltammetry (ASV)

7 ADVANTAGES OF ASV 1. Large linear concentration range- from few mg/L to 0.1μg/L. 2. Sensitivity of less than 0.1 ppb 3. Selectivity 4. Matrix effect immunity to samples with high ionic content 5. Automated analysis and battery powered portable devices can be developed 6. Extremely safe for monitoring, does not require vigorous heating, concentrated acid, etc. 7. Rapid analysis (10-15 min) 8. Inexpensive Analysis DISADVANTAGES OF ASV 1. As(V) in the sample has to be chemically reduced to As(III), increasing the sample analysis time. 2. Interferences

8 Instrumentation- Nano-band electrode system Nano-Band™ Explorer Portable instrument Explorer Software to operate the instrument Iridium electrode (for Lead, cadmium, copper) Carbon Nano-Band™ Electrode (for Arsenic) Auxiliary electrode (Platinum) Reference electrode (Ag/AgCl) Pictures of the Nano-Band electrode developed and fabricated at TraceDetect

9 Advantages of Nanoelectrodes Enhanced mass transport Signal amplification Greater number of measurement points Great scope for parallel measurements No requirement of removal of dissolved oxygen More inert and much less sensitive to accidental over- voltage conditions Disadvantages of Nanoelectrodes Surface-fouling Fragility

10 Procedure Cleaning the Electrodes Electrode Set up and Thin film plating - Carbon electrode and gold plating solution for As - Iridium electrode and mercury plating solution for Pb, Cd and Cu Conditioning Verification Screening the sample for dissolved metal ion Method of Standard addition

11 Method of Standard Addition Voltammograms for lead standards (left) and the calibration curve (right).

12 Optimization: Deposition Potential and Plate Time Arsenic (III) stripping current vs. deposition potential Arsenic (III) stripping current vs. plate time

13 Optimization: Effect of Supporting Electrolyte Concentration Plot of Stripping current of As (III) versus the HCL concentration

14 Interference Peaks The concentration of copper metal in drinking water is higher than other metals So ASV scans usually have Copper interference peaks Ways to remove interference: KI solution Peak separation and Analysis software ASV scan of 20 ppb arsenic (III) in 2 M HCl having copper interference peak around 450 mV

15 Sampling Samples were collected from different locations in the Golden Triangle area. From both upstream and downstream Neches river and Sabine lake, samples were collected. pH and conductivity were measured. Hydrochloric acid was added until their pH was 2. Filtered with PTFE membrane filter Neches river 2. Filtration of sample

16 Sample Locations Sampling locations [A-E] (about every 5 miles upstream)

17 Results MetalsSample A (ppb ) Sample B (ppb) Sample C (ppb) Sample D (ppb) Sample E (ppb) Beaumont Tap water (ppb) Port Arthur Tap water (ppb) Max. Permissible limit (ppb) Pb Cd** ** Cu Concentration of heavy metals found in water samples in parts per billion ** Below detection limit Arsenic could not be detected in any of the samples

18 Conclusions Heavy metals such as Pb, Cd, Cu are present in the waters of golden triangle area Within the permissible limit determined by EPA No immediate danger of metal contamination in this area Should be monitored in both day and night

19 Future Works Extend this research outside Golden Triangle Area in South Texas Analysis of organic chemicals in waters of Golden triangle area: organoarsenic, atrazine, diazinon, metalachor, and trenbolone Explore different detection techniques like Liquid chromatography and Mass spectrometric methods

20 Acknowledgements Department of Chemical Engineering, Lamar University Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Lamar University Office for Undergraduate Research (OUR), Lamar University Research Enhancement Grant, College of Engineering

21 References Bryan, G.W., W.J. Langston, “Bioavailability, accumulation and effects of heavy metals in sediments with special reference to United Kingdom estuaries; a review”, Environmental Pollution, 76 (1992), pp. 89–131. Millward, G.E., A. Turner, Metal pollution,in: J.H. Steele, S.A. Thorpe, S.A. Turekian Encyclopedia of Ocean SciencesAcademic Press, San Diego, CA (2001), pp. 1730–1737. CSEM (Case Studies in Environmental Medicine), Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Lead Toxicity, WB 1105, August 20 (2010). Hem, J.D. Water Resources Res (1972), 8, Environmental Protection Agency, Texas Annual Water quality report 2012, City of Beaumont, Water Utilities Department.


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