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1: Fresenius J Anal Chem 2000 Jun;367(3):284-90 Determination of Cu, Pb, Cd, and Zn in river sediment extracts by sequential injection anodic stripping voltammetry with thin mercury film electrode. da Silva CL, Masini JC. Instituto de Quimica, Universidade de Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil. Determination of Cu, Pb, Cd and Zn was performed in sediment extracts obtained according to the three steps sequential extraction procedure proposed by the European Community Standards, Measurements and Testing Program. The metal content was determined by anodic stripping voltammetry with a thin mercury film electrode controlled by a sequential injection (SIA) system. The proposed method improved the reproducibility of conventional anodic stripping voltammetry, as well as the sample throughput, allowing analysis of 30 to 45 samples per hour. The influence of flow rate and sample volume was studied to achieve an adequate sensitivity for the leachate studied. No interferences due to adsorption of organic matter, colloids, or complexes with slow rate of dissociation were observed. The intermetallic formation of Cu-Zn was avoided by forming the mercury film in presence of Ga(III) ions in the SIA system, resulting in low consumption of reagent in comparison to flow injection or continuous flow systems. Results were in good agreement with those obtained by Induced Coupled Plasma - Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES). PMID: 11227460 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] 1: Food Addit Contam 2000 Dec;17(12):1007-11 Fish for human consumption: risk of contamination by mercury. Storelli MM, Marcotrigiano GO. Instituto di Chimica-Facolta di Medicina Veterinaria, Universita di Bari, Italy. Total mercury concentrations were measured in the muscle of different kinds of fish: megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii), common sole (Solea vulgaris), striped mullet (Mullus barbatus), anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius), and black-bellied angler (Lophius budegassa), caught in the South Adriatic Sea (South Italy). The highest total mercury levels were found in anglerfish (0.61-2.22 mg/kg wet wt, mean 1.26 +/- 0.58), followed by black-bellied angler (0.22-1.62 mg/kg wet wt, 0.68 +/- 0.36), megrim (0.05-0.92 mg/kg wet wt, 0.39 +/- 0.30), striped mullet (0.10-0.63 mg/kg wet wt, 0.31 +/- 0.13) and common sole (0.05-0.44 mg/kg wet wt, 0.19 +/- 0.15). According to current regulations, 62.5% of anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius) and 23% of black-bellied angler (Lophius budegassa) samples showed concentrations exceeding the peak value of 1 mg/kg, while only 25% of samples of megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii), and 8.3% of striped mullet (Mullus barbatus), exceeded the peak value fixed at 0.5 mg/kg. Correlations between total mercury concentration and specimen weight were evident in all the species examined. PMID: 11271834 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]