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Chemistry and Pharmacology
Abstract A mass spectrometric method for the determination of chlorine, bromine and iodine species of humic substances (HS) has been developed by coupling a HPLC system with ICP-MS. Using size exclusion chromatography, the method was applied to the characterization of natural water samples (ground water, seepage water from soil, brown water) and a sewage water sample. Quantification of iodine/HS species was carried out by the on-line isotope dilution technique, which was not possible for bromine and chlorine species because of mass spectroscopic interferences by using a quadrupole ICP-MS. Characteristic fingerprints of the halogen/HS species, correlated with the corresponding UV chromatogram, were obtained dependent on the different origin of HS. Biological influences were indicated when following changes of the iodine/HS species composition by aging. The formation of iodine/HS species from inorganic iodide was investigated by labelling experiments with an 129I– spike solution, resulting in the finding that specific HS fractions are preferably iodinated.
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