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Determination of environmental safety level with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy technique

Badday, M. A. and Bidin, Noriah and Rizvi, Z. H. and Hosseinian, Raheleh (2015) Determination of environmental safety level with laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy technique. Chemistry and Ecology, 31 (4). pp. 379-387. ISSN 0275-7540

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02757540.2014.961436


This paper reports the quantitative estimation of heavy metals contamination in the soil, around the power station, by laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Soil samples were collected from various distances (200–1000 m) and depths (10–50 cm) in the vicinity of the Iskandar power station in Johor, Malaysia. Samples were dried and pelletised prior to excitation. A Q-switched Nd:YAG laser was employed to ablate the sample and MayaPro spectrometer (Ocean Optics) for recording the emission spectrum of laser-induced plasma. Pb, Fe, Ni and Cu concentrations were estimated in the polluted soil with repeatability rate of above 96%. Quantitative results of LIBS were validated by flame atomic absorption spectroscopy (FAAS) and were found in good agreement. The concentration of the detected heavy metal elements was found within the safety limits set by Department of Environment (DOE) of Malaysia and the European standards.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:contamination, heavy metals, laser ablation, LIBS, power station, soil
Subjects:Q Science > QC Physics
ID Code:58262
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 04:07
Last Modified:13 Dec 2021 01:50

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