Published Online: 14 July 2011
Page Count: 10
Cronin, John P.
Lopez Tonazzi, Juan Carlos
Los Alamos National Laboratory,
(Received 4 October 2010; accepted 9 June 2011)
A fluorescence method for determination of beryllium and beryllium oxide particles has been approved as a standard test method by ASTM International and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The procedure involves dissolution of samples in ammonium bifluoride solution and adding a small aliquot of extract to a basic hydroxybenzoquinoline sulfonate fluorescent dye and measuring itsfluorescence. This method is specific to beryllium and is not affected by the presence of other metals. However, the results from such a method may be compromised by organic fluorescent impurities which have optical characteristics similar to the beryllium-bonded hydroxybenzoquinoline sulfonate. This study demonstrates that such impurities can be effectively removed by activated charcoal without compromising the sensitivity of the method or any other test attributes.
Paper ID: JAI103411