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Low-Level Total Mercury Determination: From Collection to Determination - Part 3: Determination

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Aug 29, 2023 3:59:15 PM

Teledyne Leeman Labs offers multiple mercury (Hg) analyzers which can determine total mercury concentrations in samples at the ultra-trace level. The final installment of this three-part blog series will be an introduction to the QuickTrace line of mercury analyzers: the QuickTrace M-7600 and the QuickTrace M-8000.

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Tags: Teledyne Leeman Labs, Hg analysis, mercury, hg

Low-Level Total Mercury Determination: From Collection to Determination: Part 2 - Digestion: Chemicals and Procedure

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Aug 4, 2023 1:39:39 PM

In Part 1 of this series, sample collection, container types, and preservation techniques for low-level total mercury (Hg) analysis were discussed. In Part 2, I will highlight contamination sources from chemicals and the potential for analyte loss associated with digestion protocols.

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Tags: Hg analysis, low level mercury, mercury analysis

Low Level Total Mercury Determination: From Collection to Determination

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Jul 28, 2023 1:27:22 PM

Mercury (Hg) determination at the ultra-trace level is an essential part of environmental assessment and drinking water monitoring. But this type of analysis comes with distinct challenges.

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Tags: Hg analysis, low level mercury, mercury, mercury analysis, Determination of Trace Elements

Do you know your QuickTrace M-8000's PMT voltage?

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Jun 5, 2023 10:03:20 AM

We often get asked if there is an ideal photo multiplier tube (PMT) voltage for the QuickTrace® M-8000. The truth is the optimal value is unique to each instrument’s detector. It varies from instrument to instrument. During the initialization process, after connecting to the QuickTrace software, the M-8000 will select the voltage that is right for the PMT inside that system. This is the same process as clicking the Auto Select Voltage button in the Instrument Control menu. So, why is there another Set Volts option in that same menu?

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Tags: Teledyne Leeman Labs, mercury, QuickTrace

Battery Recycling: The Surge for Green Materials

Posted by Sara Kennedy on May 17, 2023 3:58:48 PM

We are in a battery recycling boom! A strong push from consumers for corporate responsibility in source origins and greener options overall has been felt by companies all over the world. Using recycled materials can be a cost-effective, logical choice for supporting Green Initiatives and boosting the bottom line.

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Tags: mercury, Green Materials, Battery Recycling

Mercury - From Fire to Ice

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Apr 3, 2023 3:18:47 PM

A lot of focus is put on anthropogenic (human-caused) releases of mercury into the environment, but let’s take a closer look into a powerful, natural source of mercury: volcanoes! We’ll explore why volcanic eruptions can increase global mercury levels, how we measure mercury released from past major eruptions, and how those measurements inform our policies for the future. So, how does mercury move from fire to ice?

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Tags: mercury, mercury analysis

Nobel Prize Metals

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Feb 22, 2023 12:34:09 PM

“While the invading forces marched in the streets of Copenhagen, I was busy dissolving Laue’s and also James Franck’s [Nobel Prize] medals.”1

Let us travel back to the 1940s. The Second World War is sweeping across Europe. As Denmark is being occupied by German forces, George de Hevesy doesn’t need to use weapons to protect his colleagues. He relies on science!

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Tags: mercury analysis

Trace Elemental Analysis by Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Jan 23, 2023 4:17:03 PM

Trace elemental analysis

Teledyne Leeman Labs has specialized in trace elemental analysis for over 40 years. With initial success in Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES), also referred to as Inductively Coupled Plasma-Optical Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-OES), Teledyne Leeman Labs went on to develop innovative product lines. Those included branching out into various elemental analysis techniques, including DC Arc and Mercury Analysis. Our elemental analysis instruments can be found in laboratories across the world, providing service to a range of industries. From agriculture to aerospace and food to forensics, Teledyne Leeman Labs is dedicated to providing world-class instruments for trace elemental analysis.

Figure 1: Atomic Spectra for mercury (Hg), Copyright © Richard Pogge, All Rights Reserved

Atomic absorption spectroscopy

Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) is one of the first commercially available elemental analysis techniques. This tried-and-true method remains a top choice for its simplicity and reliability.

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Tags: Hg analysis, Atomic Spectroscopy

The Benefits of Cold Vapor Atomic Fluorescence (CVAF) Spectroscopy for Mercury Determination

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Sep 14, 2022 2:50:00 PM

Cold Vapor Atomic Florescence Spectroscopy (CVAF)

In contrast to most cold vapor atomic absorption (CVAA) systems, the desirable characteristics of CVAFS-based mercury analyzers include:

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Why Testing Mercury in Wastewater and Drinking Water Is Important

Posted by Sara Kennedy on Aug 23, 2022 5:54:21 PM

Factsheet and Understanding the Importance of Testing Mercury in Wastewater

What is Wastewater and Why Treat it?

Wastewater is made of all ‘used’ water. Its composition ranges widely from grey water produced in homes and businesses to runoff into storm drains. It also includes sewage sludge and industrial process waste. Wastewater contains any number of substances including chemicals, soaps, food scraps, oils, and human waste. Read More

Tags: Mercury in Wastewater