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Accurate Determination of the Absolute Isotopic Composition and Atomic Weight of Molybdenum by Multiple Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry with a Fully Calibrated Strategy

Accurate Determination of the Absolute Isotopic Composition and Atomic Weight of Molybdenum by Multiple Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry with a Fully Calibrated Strategy
Yuanjing Zhou, Song Wang, Tao Zhou, Panshu Song, Tongxiang Ren, Jun Wang
A fully calibrated strategy has been investigated for the first time for the accurate determination of absolute isotopic composition and atomic weight of molybdenum using multiple-collector inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The correction for instrumental mass bias was performed using synthetic isotope mixtures, which were gravimetrically prepared with all of the seven high-purity and isotopically enriched molybdenum isotope materials together. Six natural molybdenum materials, including molybdenum standard solution NIST SRM 3134, were accurately measured and yielded the absolute isotopic composition (in atom %, k = 1) of 92Mo-14.690(18), 94Mo-9.173(6), 95Mo-15.865(5), 96Mo-16.666(3), 97Mo-9.588(4), 98Mo-24.307(16), and 100Mo-9.711(13). These isotopic data enable an atomic weight Ar(Mo) of 95.9466(34) (k = 2) to be calculated, which is slightly lower than the current standard atomic weight 95.95(1) and with a much improved uncertainty. The associated uncertainties were evaluated according to the Guide to Expression of Uncertainty in Measurement of ISO/BIPM and Monte Carlo simulation to ensure that all sources of uncertainty were fully accounted for. A particular characteristic of the proposed new approach is that mass bias correction factor K for each isotope ratio of molybdenum can be achieved via fully experimental determination without using the traditional semiempirical correction mathematical models. In addition, the relationship between mass of isotope and bias per mass unit β was investigated based on the thorough measurement data.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01719

DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.7b01719

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