Published Online: 13 July 2005
Page Count: 9
Senior Staff Scientist, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Richmond, CA
Research Assistant, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Richmond, CA
Analytical Chemist, Chevron Energy Technology Company, Richmond, CA
(Received 25 October 2004; accepted 23 May 2005)
ICP-AES analyses are prone to erros caused by changes in the power level, nebulization rate, plasma temperature, and sample matrix. This is especially true for ICP-AES and ICP-MS organic applications in the petroleum industry where extremely complicated sample matrices are common. As a result, accurate analyses of petroleum lubricants, lubricant additives, fuels, crude oils, residues, and related materials often require bracketing with matrix matched standards, the use of internal standards, and a flexible ICP-AES/ICP-MS system. Many new innovative analytical instruments were developed to better improve elemental analysis in the last few decades. However, sample preparation remains the formidable challenge because it is always labor-intensive, cumbersome, and does not permit fast operation. It is encouraging to see the application of microwave radiation field as the energy source for sample digestion to pursue more reliable, but simpler, safer, more rapid, and less expensive methods, particularly in the petroleum industry.
Paper ID: JAI12967