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Mercury depth profiles in river and marine sediments measured by the diffusive gradients in thin films technique with two different specific resins
Divis, P.; Leermakers, M.; Docekalova, H.; Gao, Y. (2005). Mercury depth profiles in river and marine sediments measured by the diffusive gradients in thin films technique with two different specific resins. Anal. Bioanal. Chem. 382(7): 1715-1719. dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-005-3360-8
In: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. Springer: Heidelberg. ISSN 1618-2642, more
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    Marine

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  • Divis, P.
  • Leermakers, M., more
  • Docekalova, H., more
  • Gao, Y., more

Abstract
    The diffusive gradients in thin films technique (DGT) was used to measure depth profiles of mercury in river and marine sediments in situ to a spatial resolution of 0.5 cm. Agarose gel was used as the diffusive gel in the DGT probes. Two different selective resins -Chelex 100 with iminodiacetic groups and Spheron-Thiol with thiol groups incorporated in the polyacrylamide resin gel- were tested. The different capture efficiencies of the two adsorbents enabled the fractions of mercury bound in different species in sediment pore water to be estimated. Mercury concentrations obtained by DGT with Spheron-Thiol resin were very similar to those obtained after centrifugation. This indicates that DGT with Sheron-Thiol resin reports on total dissolved mercury levels. The concentration of mercury measured by DGT with Chelex-100 resin was much lower (by a factor of 5-20) for the same sediment samples. Chelex-100 does not have such a high affinity to mercury as Spheron-Thiol, and so it only reports on the content of labile mercury species, such as inorganic ions and weak complexes. The content of labile mercury species in the river sediment was approximately 20% of the total dissolved mercury in pore water, whereas in marine sediment only 7% of the mercury was present as labile species.

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