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Importance of Prereducing Selenium(VI) to Selenium(IV) and Decomposing Organic Matter in Soil Extracts Prior to Determination of Selenium Using Hydride Generation1


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  1. Vol. 44 No. 6, p. 1331-1333
    Received: May 19, 1980
    Accepted: July 30, 1980

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  1. S. M. Workman and
  2. P. N. Soltanpour2



Hydride generation techniques using NaBH4 are widely used for the determination of Se in aqueous solutions. In soil extracts, Se(IV) is the only form of Se reduced to SeH2 by NaBH4. Se(VI) must be prereduced to Se(IV) to be measured. Organic constituents of soil extracts also appear to inhibit hydride production. A pretreatment procedure overcoming these problems is presented, and a simple hydride generator is described.

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