Quick and simple speciation analysis of chromium in cements
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Institute of Chemical Sciences , Maria Curie-Sklodowska University
Malgorzata Grabarczyk   

Institute of Chemical Sciences , Maria Curie-Sklodowska University
Publication date: 2021-12-02
Physicochem. Probl. Miner. Process. 2022;58(2):144445
The extraction of total Cr(VI) from commercially available cements, based on DTPA + 0.2 mol dm -3 (NH4)2SO4/NH4OH mixture solution and subsequent selective determination of Cr(VI) has been proposed. The determination was carried out using the adsorptive voltammetric stripping method. The study was conducted using three different commercially available cement samples. It has been checked that the proposed extraction procedure guaranteed no changes of chromium speciation during cement analysis. For comparison extraction was also carried out with the use of recommended by United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Method 3060A, based on 0.28 mol dm -3 Na2CO3 + 0.5 mol dm -3 NaOH). Additionally, the extraction process was carried out using only distilled water as an extraction mixture which allows to evaluate concentration of only soluble Cr(VI) forms contained in cement. In all three cements, the content of soluble Cr(VI) was below 2 ppm, i.e. the limit value by European Union Directive 2003/53/EC.