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Method for phosphate oxygen isotopes analysis in water based on in situ enrichment, elution, and purification TEXT SIZE: A A A
The phosphate oxygen isotope (delta O-18(P)) ratio has been proven to be an effective tool to trace the sources and biogeochemical cycles of phosphorus (P) in aquatic ecosystems. However, the enrichment of phosphate (PO4) and the removal of impurities are quite complex and easy to cause PO4 loss in current delta O-18(P) analytical methods. Moreover, the delta O-18(P) value obtained by the commonly-used instantaneous sampling method is more of the instantaneous information of P, which is accidental or uncertain for accurate identification of the P source. In this study, a new method of in situ enrichment, elution, and purification of PO4 (ISEEP) was developed for delta O-18(P) analysis in waters. This method utilized a PO4 binding phase (Zr-Oxide gel) to selectively in situ adsorb PO4 in water and exhibited an adsorption capacity per unit area of up to 789.3 mu g P/cm(2). The PO4 on the gel was eluted easily with a 1 M NaOH solution. More than 99.7% of the common anions, cations, and dissolved organic matter (DOM), as well as more than 90% of the trace elements were removed synchronously after adsorption and elution of PO4. The recovery rate of PO4 in the whole procedure was as high as 92.8%. The XRD and SEM examinations showed that the ISEEP can obtain high-purity Ag3PO4 solid for the delta O-18(P) measurement. The reliability of the ISEEP method is confirmed by the measured delta O-18(P) value and standard deviation of parallel samples from different types of natural waters obtained by both the ISEEP and the current popular McLaughlin (2004) method. It provides a good prospect of this new method for tracing the P sources and their biogeochemical cycling in aquatic ecosystems.

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 JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Volume: 279 Article Number: 111618 DOI: 10.1016/j.jenvman.2020.111618 Published: FEB 1 2021


 Liu, Yong; Wang, Jingfu; Chen, Jingan; Jin, Zuxue; Ding, Shiming; Yang, Xiaohong

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 WANG Jingfu; CHEN Jingan
 wangjingfu@vip.skleg.cn; chenjingan@vip.skleg.cn 
 -Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geochem, State Key Lab Environm Geochem, Guiyang 550081, Peoples R China.
 Ding, Shiming
 -Chinese Acad Sci, Nanjing Inst Geog & Limnol, State Key Lab Lake Sci & Environm, Nanjing 210008, Peoples R China.

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