Development of a non-thermal accelerated pulsed UV photolysis assisted digestion method for fresh and dried food samples

C. Solís, M. C. Lagunas-Solar, B. P. Perley, C. Pia, LUIS FELIPE AGUILAR CAVALLO, R. G. Flocchini

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Abstract

A simple, fast digestion procedure for fresh and dried foods, using high-power pulsed UV photolysis in the presence of hydrogen peroxide, is being developed. The homogenized food samples were mixed with H2O2 or with a mixture of H2OM2 and HNO3, and irradiated for short times with a 248-nm UV excimer laser. After centrifugation, a clear, colorless solution was obtained and aliquots were deposited on Teflon filters for XRF and/or PIXE analyses. Standard reference materials (NIST Peach Leaves; Typical Diet) were also analyzed to compare recoveries and detection limits. Improvements in detection limits were observed, but a few trace elements (<1 ppm) were not reproducibly detected (Fe, Sr). This method proved to be practical for the accelerated digestion of food samples and preparing analytes in short-time intervals. In combination with PIXE and XRF, it allows high-sensitivity multi-elemental analyses for screening the nutritional elements and for food safety purposes regarding the potential presence of toxic elements. Further development to optimize and validate this procedure for a broader range of analytes is in progress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)77-80
Number of pages4
JournalNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research, Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms
Volume189
Issue number1-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2002
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Accelerated digestion
  • PIXE
  • Pulsed UV photolysis
  • Trace elements
  • XRF

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