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The Chemical Educator

ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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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, wburns@bellarmine.edu
Received May 21, 2014. Accepted October 8, 2014.

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

(*) Corresponding author. (E-mail: wburns@bellarmine.edu)

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