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  • 1.
    Korvela, Marcus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Method development for the analysis of complex samples with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry2019Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    In this thesis the development of methods for handling the problems associated with analyzing trace elements in complex matrixes using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry is presented. Trace elements such as Cu, Fe, Se, and Zn, to name a few, do play important roles in different organisms. Therefore it can be of importance to study trace elements in different samples of biological origin. As trace elements are low in abundance, sensitive instrumental techniques such as inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) are required for accurate determination. Due to the complexity of samples with biological origin, careful method development, both regarding the sample preparation and instrumental analysis has to be performed to minimize negative effects on the instrument signal and introduction of interferences.

    For example the metal contents of mink livers were analyzed, after bomb digestion to investigate if the metal concentration could be linked to changes in the organ morphology as well as the minks’ environment. Morphological changes and capture locations could be linked to the metals investigated. The investigation of the elemental composition of cerebrospinal fluid from chronic pain patients using spinal cord stimulation electrode treatment on the other hand required less harsh sample treatment. No correlation between the spinal cord stimulation and element concentration could be found, but differences between patients and the control group were presented hinting that chronic pain intrinsically could affect the cerebrospinal fluid metal concentration. Another bodily fluid of interest is saliva and the use of paperpoint sticks as a sampling technique for Ti in saliva was investigated. As Ti is interfered by several components expected to be found in saliva, the use of reaction or collision gas was also investigated to reduce the effects of interferences. Simple leaching of the paperpoint sticks together with complexing the Ti with NH3 as reaction gas was shown to be optimal. Finally, how the selection of internal standard would be affected by the use of reaction and collision gases was also investigated. With collision gas most internal standards worked fine, while for reaction gas internal standard selection was harder. For elements with high ionization energy such as As, Se and Zn the choice of internal standard was very dependent on matrix. While ICP-MS suffers from problems when analyzing samples with complex matrixes many of them can be minimized by proper method development as shown in this thesis.

  • 2.
    Korvela, Marcus
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Andersson, Marit
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Pettersson, Jean
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Internal standards in inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry using kinetic energy discrimination and dynamic reaction cells2018In: Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, ISSN 0267-9477, E-ISSN 1364-5544, Vol. 33, no 10, p. 1770-1776Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    ICP-MS is a sensitive element analysis technique used for analyzing several different sample types. This can result in difficult matrixes which can affect both physical parameters and create overlaps of analyte elements. Some of the possible overlaps can be reduced by the use of reaction and/or collision cells, while the use of internal standards can help with reducing the physical interferences caused by a matrix. While both internal standardization and the use of cells have been studied separately, their effects on each other have not been investigated earlier. In this study ICP-MS was used to analyze Mg-24, Al-27, Ti-47, Ti-49, V-51, Cr-52, Cr-53, Mn-55, Fe-57, Co-59, Ni-60, Ni-61, Ni-62, Cu-63, Cu-65, Zn-66, Zn-67, As-75, Se-78, Se-82, Cd-111, and Pb-208 with Be-9, Y-89, Ga-69, Rh-103, In-115, Ir-193, and Tl-205 as internal standards with high concentrations of either HNO3, PBS-buffer, or Triton X-100 as the matrix, in reaction-, collision- and standard-cell modes. This was done to investigate which internal standards would compensate matrix effects in different cell modes. All internal standards, except Be, compensated fairly well (relative sensitivity RSD < 10%) even for severe matrix effects for most elements regardless of similarity in mass in the different cell modes. For Zn, As and Se no proper internal standard could be found, of the ones investigated.

  • 3.
    Ljungvall, Karl
    et al.
    Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Div Reprod, Dept Clin Sci, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Magnusson, Ulf
    Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Div Reprod, Dept Clin Sci, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Korvela, Marcus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Norrby, Mattias
    Swedish Univ Agr Sci, Div Reprod, Dept Clin Sci, Uppsala, Sweden..
    Bergquist, Jonas
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Persson, Sara
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Heavy metal concentrations in female wild mink (Neovison vison) in Sweden: Sources of variation and associations with internal organ weights2017In: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, ISSN 0730-7268, E-ISSN 1552-8618, Vol. 36, no 8, p. 2030-2035Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The American mink is an invasive species in Sweden, and it is legally hunted all year. Therefore, the mink is well suited as a sentinel species for environmental monitoring. In the present study female mink (n = 91) from 6 different areas in Sweden were analyzed for the concentrations of silver, cadmium, mercury and lead in liver tissue using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. The wet concentrations in liver tissue were 42.6 +/- 52.7 ng/g for silver, 99.5 +/- 100 ng/g for cadmium, 652 +/- 537 ng/g formercury, and 196 +/- 401 ng/g for lead (expressed as mean + standard deviation). There were associations between the sample area and the concentrations of silver, lead, and mercury. The concentrations of lead and cadmium varied with season of capture and lead, cadmium, and mercury were positively associated with increasing age. Relative liver weight was positively associated with concentrations of mercury and negatively associated with lead and cadmium. Relative kidney weight was negatively associated with lead concentrations. In summary, it is of importance to take age and season of capture into account when assessing levels of heavy metals in wild mink. Also, liver and kidneys seem to be potential targets for heavy metal toxicity in wild female mink in Sweden.

  • 4.
    Ottosson, Mikael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Boman, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Berastegui, Pedro
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Andersson, Yvonne
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Hahlin, Maria
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Structural Chemistry.
    Korvela, Marcus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Berger, Rolf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Response to the comments by P. Szakalos, T. angstrom kermark and C. Leygraf on the paper "Copper in ultrapure water, a scientific issue under debate"2018In: Corrosion Science, ISSN 0010-938X, E-ISSN 1879-0496, Vol. 142, p. 308-311Article in journal (Other academic)
  • 5.
    Ottosson, Mikael
    et al.
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Boman, Mats
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Berastegui, Pedro
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Andersson, Yvonne
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Hedlund, Maria
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Korvela, Marcus
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - BMC, Analytical Chemistry.
    Berger, Rolf
    Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Chemistry, Department of Chemistry - Ångström, Inorganic Chemistry.
    Copper in ultrapure water, a scientific issue under debate2017In: Corrosion Science, ISSN 0010-938X, E-ISSN 1879-0496, Vol. 122, p. 53-60Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The corrosion properties of copper in ultrapure water have been studied experimentally by submerging copper samples (99.9999%) in pure water for up to 29 months. The surface was first electropolished at ambient temperature, then exposed to hydrogen gas treatment at 300-400 degrees C, thereby reducing the bulk hydrogen content to 0.03 ppm. These copper samples, the water and the glassware were all then subjected to precise chemical analysis. Great care was taken to avoid contamination. After exposure, only similar to 6 mu g/L copper had accumulated in the water phase. Electron spectroscopy could not detect Cu2O or any other oxidation products containing copper.

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