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Title (Primary) Carbon isotope analyses of cellulose using two different on-line techniques (elemental analysis and high-temperature pyrolysis) - a comparison
Author Knöller, K.; Böttger, T.; Weise, S.M.; Gehre, M.;
Journal Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry
Year 2005
Department ISOBIO; ISOHYD;
Volume 19
Issue 3
Language englisch;
Abstract Even though the recent development in on-line methods for the stable isotope determination in cellulose has led to a significant increase in sample throughput and decrease in sample preparation expenditure, there still is a large potential for optimizing the analytical procedures by simultaneously measuring the isotope ratios of two or even more elements. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to answer the question whether high-temperature pyrolysis (HTP) is a suitable and reliable technique for the determination of the carbon isotopic composition of cellulose simultaneously during the well-known conventional oxygen isotope analysis. This study shows that HTP of cellulose is a technique that can produce reasonable δ13C values, matching the requirements of most research problems related to paleoclimatology. The reproducibility of the delta values for 13C/12C is better than 0.2‰. Some deficiencies of the method are related to the incomplete conversion of the organic carbon in the sample to carbon monoxide. A clear isotope effect seems to be related to the non-statistical conversion of the carbon in the cellulose to CO. The extent of this effect appears to be controlled by the relative proportion of crystallized and amorphous matter in the cellulose structure. Those deficiencies can be eliminated by using an appropriate normalization and by applying the principles of identical treatment for reference materials and samples. In general, a very good agreement is achieved for carbon isotope values determined by HTP and elemental analysis (EA).
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Knöller, K., Böttger, T., Weise, S.M., Gehre, M. (2005):
Carbon isotope analyses of cellulose using two different on-line techniques (elemental analysis and high-temperature pyrolysis) - a comparison
Rapid Commun. Mass Spectrom. 19 (3), 343 - 348