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<b>Preconcentration and extraction of copper(II) on activated carbon using ethyl-2-quinolyl-&beta; (<i>p</i>-carboxyphenyl hydrazone)dioxo propionate</b>

Mehrorang Ghaedi
Farshid Ahmadi
M.R. Baezat
J. Safari


Activated carbon modified method was used for the preconcentration and determination of copper content in real samples such as tap water, wastewater and a synthetic water sample by flame atomic absorption spectrometry. The copper(II) was adsorbed quantitatively on activated carbon due to its complexation with ethyl-2-quinolyl-β(p-carboxyphenyl hydrazone)dioxo propionate (EQCPDP). The adsorbed copper(II) ion on solid phase was eluted quantitatively by using nitric acid. The important parameters such as pH, amount of carrier, flow rate, amount of activated carbon and type and concentration of eluting agent for obtaining maximum recovery were optimized. The method at optimum conditions gives linear concentration range of 0.05-1.0 μg mL-1 of copper(II) with correlation coefficient of 0.9994 and the detection limit of 0.99 ng mL-1. The preconcentration leads to enrichment factor of 175 and break through volume of 1750 mL. The method has good tolerance limit of interfering ions and selectivity and it has been successfully applied for determination of copper content in real sample such as blood, wastewater and river sample.


KEY WORDS: Copper(II), Solid phase extraction, Activated carbon, Flame atomic absorption spectrometry



Bull. Chem. Soc. Ethiop. 2008, 22(3), 331-338.