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Herrero Fernandez Z.,Center For Technological Applications And Nuclear Development Ceaden Cp 6122 Playa | Estevez Alvarez J.R.,Center For Technological Applications And Nuclear Development Ceaden Cp 6122 Playa | Montero Alvarez A.,Center For Technological Applications And Nuclear Development Ceaden Cp 6122 Playa | Pupo Gonzalez I.,Center For Technological Applications And Nuclear Development Ceaden Cp 6122 Playa | And 9 more authors.
X-Ray Spectrometry | Year: 2015

This research presents the contents of Ca, Fe, Zn, Br, Rb, Sr and Pb in lichen samples used as biomonitors of air pollution collected in Havana. Statistical comparisons were made among the results obtained in three campaigns during three years. Two X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) methods were used, employing for excitation an annular 109Cd source and a Mo X-ray tube with a molybdenum secondary target. In both cases, matrix effects were corrected by the use of normalization for the Compton scattered peak; in this way the determination is more efficient. For quality control of the results, biological Certified Reference Materials were analyzed and were made comparisons between XRF, Inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emission Spectrometry and Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry. No significant differences were found between the different techniques. The elemental distribution patterns obtained for each metal were associated with different pollution sources, thus contributing to the assessment of air pollution in Havana. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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