The Chemical Educator
ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)
Abstract Volume 19
(2014) pp 338-341
Analysis of Arsenic Concentration in Food Utilizing Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy
Wendy Lynn Burns
Bellarmine University, Department of Chemistry and Physics, 2001 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 40205, email@example.com
Published: 20 November 2014
Abstract. Arsenic is a natural part of the environment and may enter the food supply via contaminated soil or groundwater. This publication presents a research project to determine the concentration of arsenic in food via graphite furnace atomic absorption spectroscopy. This project is a real world example that connects students to their coursework and is applicable to students with little or no analytical experience outside of general chemistry.
Key Words: Laboratories and Demonstrations; analytical chemistry; general chemistry; arsenic; food contamination; graphite furnace; atomic absorbance
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Supporting material includes a student handout (56 KB).