Arsenic speciation in solids using X-ray absorption spectroscopy

Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry
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Synchrotron-based X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) is an in situ, minimally-destructive, element-specific, molecular-scale structural probe that has been employed to study the chemical forms (species) of arsenic (As) in solid and aqueous phases (including rocks, soils, sediment, synthetic compounds, and numerous types of biota including humans) for more than 20 years. Although several excellent reviews of As geochemistry and As speciation in the environment have been published previously (including recent contributions in this volume), the explosion of As-XAS studies over the past decade (especially studies employing microfocused X-ray beams) warrants this new review of the literature and of data analysis methods.

This review has two main sections. The first is a presentation of methods for sample preparation and for the collection, processing and analysis of As-XAS spectra. Since several more comprehensive reviews of the X-ray absorption theory and data collection methodology exist, this section is brief and focused specifically on As. The second section is a critical review of the As-XAS literature, arranged by sample type and accompanied by summary tables (collected as appendices at the end of the chapter).

One of the most important aims of this review is to clarify the different types of analysis that are performed on As-XAS spectra, and to describe the benefits, drawbacks, and limitations of each. Arsenic XAS spectra are analyzed to obtain one or more of the following types of information (in increasing order of sophistication):

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Arsenic speciation in solids using X-ray absorption spectroscopy
Series title Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry
DOI 10.2138/rmg.2014.79.5
Volume 79
Issue 1
Year Published 2014
Language English
Publisher Mineralogical Society of America
Publisher location Washington D.C.
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 113 p.
First page 257
Last page 369
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