Measurement of lithium isotope ratios by quadrupole-ICP-MS: Application to seawater and natural carbonates

Misra, S. and Froelich, P.N. (2009) Measurement of lithium isotope ratios by quadrupole-ICP-MS: Application to seawater and natural carbonates. Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 24 (11). pp. 1524-1533. DOI 10.1039/B907122A

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Abstract

We present an improved method for lithium isotope ratio (7Li/6Li) determinations with low total lithium consumption (<0.2 ng/quintuplicate analyses), high column yields (>99.98%), high isotope ratio precision (<±0.8‰, 2σ), and low blanks (1.0 ± 0.5 pg). We refine a single step ion chromatographic method to quantitatively recover and separate lithium from all matrix elements using small volume resin (2 ml/3.4 meq AG 50W-X8) and low volume elution (6 ml, 0.5 N HCl) with low procedural blanks (<500 fg/ml). We optimize the procedure for analyses of natural carbonates (foraminifera) containing 1 to 2 ppm lithium. This lithium separation method is applicable to other natural samples (e.g. seawater, pore-waters, mineral grains) by appropriate scaling. Isotope ratio measurements are made by a single collector Quadrupole ICP-MS (Agilent 7500cs) using cool plasma (600 W), soft extraction, peak jumping, and pulse detection mode with sample-standard bracketing. The precision is better than ±0.8‰ (2σ) for L-SVEC lithium standards and better than ±1.5‰ (2σ) for natural samples. We report a high matrix tolerance limit for sodium ([similar]0.6 mol/mol, Li/Na) and calcium (<20 µmol/mol, Li/Ca) for our Quadrupole ICP-MS method. Our seawater δ7Li value (30.75 ± 0.41‰, 2σ, n = 10) is the same as that reported by other workers ([similar]31.0 ± 0.5‰). Species-specific and bulk sample δ7Li analyses of two size fractions of core-top foraminifera yield values similar to modern seawater.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: NIL AREP
Subjects: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Divisions: 01 - Climate Change and Earth-Ocean Atmosphere Systems
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry
Volume: 24
Page Range: pp. 1524-1533
Identification Number: 10.1039/B907122A
Depositing User: Sarah Humbert
Date Deposited: 16 May 2014 11:27
Last Modified: 16 May 2014 11:27
URI: http://eprints.esc.cam.ac.uk/id/eprint/3049

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