Nitrite removal improves hydroxylamine analysis in aqueous solution by conversion with iron(III).

Kock, Annette and Bange, Hermann W. (2013) Nitrite removal improves hydroxylamine analysis in aqueous solution by conversion with iron(III). Environmental Chemistry, 10 . pp. 64-71. DOI 10.1071/EN12141.

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Abstract

Dissolved hydroxylamine (NH2OH) is a hort-lived compound produced in the oceanic environment during nitrification and dissimilatory eduction of nitrate to ammonium (DNRA). The ferric ammonium sulfate (FAS) conversion method is the only method available so far to determine dissolved NH2OH in nanomolar concentrations in seawater. We show that side reactions of dissolved nitrite (NO2-) can result in a significant bias in the NH2OH concentration measurements when applying the FAS conversion method. We propose to scavenge dissolved NO2- by addition of sulfanilamide to suppress effectively the undesired side reactions by NO2-. This modification of the FAS conversion
method will allow a NH2OH determination even in oceanic regions with high NO2- concentrations. A reliable detection of NH2OH in seawater samples can give us a clue about the occurrence of active nitrification or DNRA in the ocean and,therefore, will provide further insights about the oceanic nitrogen cycle.

Document Type: Article
Keywords: hydroxylamine, nitrification
Research affiliation: OceanRep > SFB 754 > B4
OceanRep > SFB 754
OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB2 Marine Biogeochemistry > FB2-CH Chemical Oceanography
Refereed: Yes
Open Access Journal?: No
DOI etc.: 10.1071/EN12141
ISSN: 1448-2517
Projects: Boknis Eck, SFB754, Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2013 09:12
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2019 16:57
URI: http://oceanrep.geomar.de/id/eprint/20797

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