Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 2003, 68, 1437-1448

Voltammetric Determination of Metals in Copper Alloys at Trace and Ultratrace Concentrations

Clinio Locatelli* and Giancarlo Torsi

Department of Chemistry "G. Ciamician", University of Bologna, via Selmi 2, 40126 Bologna, Italy


The present work describes the analytical procedures for the voltammetric determination of Cu, Pb, Cd, Zn, Fe, Mn, Co, Ni, Sn, Sb and Bi in copper alloys. The possibility of determining simultaneously metal concentrations in the case of interference of the voltammetric signals due to the peak overlapping is also highlighted and discussed. The analytical procedure was verified by the analysis of the standard reference materials: commercial bronze A NIST-SRM 1115, gunmetal BCS-CRM 207/2, high tensile brass BCS-CRM 390. Precision and accuracy, expressed as relative standard deviation and relative error, respectively, were in all cases lower than 6%. The limits of detection for each element were also reported.

Keywords: Copper alloys; Heavy metals; Trace analysis; Voltammetry; Atomic absorption spectroscopy; Electrochemistry.

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