A simple method based on HR-CS FAAS for multi-element determination of Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in medicinal plants

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Cardili, Camila [UNESP]
Raposo Junior, Jorge Luiz
José Cavalheiro, Alberto [UNESP]
Gomes Neto, José Anchieta [UNESP]

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A simple method to determine Cu, Fe, Mn and Zn in single aliquots of medicinal plants by HR-CS FAAS is proposed. The main lines for Cu, Mn and Zn, and the alternate line measured at the wing of the main line for Fe at 248.327 nm allowed calibration within the 0.025 - 2.0 mg L-1 Cu, 1.0 - 20.0 mg L-1 Fe, 0.05 - 2.0 mg L-1 Mn, 0.025 - 0.75 mg L-1 Zn ranges. Nineteen medicinal plants and two certified plant reference materials were analyzed. Results were in agreement at a 95% confidence level (paired t-test) with reference values. Limits of detection were 0.12 μg L-1 Cu, 330 μg L-1 Fe, 1.42 μg L-1 Mn and 8.12 μg L-1 Zn. Relative standard deviations (n=12) were ≤ 3% for all analytes. Recoveries in the 89 - 105% (Cu), 95 - 108% (Fe), 94 - 107% (Mn), and 93 - 110% (Zn) ranges were obtained.



High-resolution continuum source flame atomic absorption spectrometry, HR-CC FAAS, Medicinal plants, Micronutrients

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Brazilian Journal of Analytical Chemistry, v. 1, n. 6, p. 291-295, 2011.