Advances in ICP-MS Technologies for Characterization and Ultra-Trace Speciation as a Tool for the Petroleum Industry

    Published: Jan 2005

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    Particular elements can, even at trace levels, impact product quality, deposit formation, and regulatory compliance. Characterization of trace and ultra-trace level constituents in aqueous and/or organic matrices has often required the need to employ more than one analytical technique. In recent years, improvements in ICP-MS technologies have made it a preferred technique for multi-element trace level characterization in a variety of matrices. Coupling ICP-MS with various liquid chromatography techniques has enabled a unique capability to speciate organo-metallics at ppb levels. This paper will show how ICP-MS has been successfully used to measure ppb levels in refinery effluent streams. It will demonstrate how hyphenated ICP-MS techniques assisted in development of bioremediation options for selenium removal in wastewater treatment plants.


    selenium, selenocyanate, selenite, selenate, ICP-MS, ion chromatography

    Author Information:

    Paszek, J
    ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, NJ

    Mason, KJ
    ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, NJ

    Mennito, AS
    ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, NJ

    McElroy, FC
    ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, NJ

    Paper ID: STP11991S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D02.04

    DOI: 10.1520/STP11991S

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