Sample Requirements for Boron Isotope Analysis

Sample size will vary depending on the sample type (water, coral, shells, carbonate) and concentration of boron. The following recommendations are general guidelines which help us to provide better service to our customers. We always recommend that you choose the best samples for your research objectives. Please feel free to contact us for advice if you are concerned that your samples may be too small.

Sample Types:

Water – 100 mL: For boron analysis in water, use any type of small-neck plastic bottle (HDPE, LDPE, PP) to collect your sample. Rinse the bottle with the running sample water prior to collection. Do not add any chemicals to the water, do not acidify the water. Fill the bottle all the way to the top, you may leave a small space at the top (keep the neck of the bottle empty) to allow for any necessary expansion during shipment. Please put the bottles inside a plastic bag and seal the bag with a zip-tie or duct tape. Clearly label both bottle and the plastic bag.

Shells, Coral, Carbonates – 200 mg: For the best results, make sure your samples are clean and free from clay particles and other detritus. Do not leach samples with acid. Frequent sonication and rinsing with methanol may be utilized to remove clay particles and other detritus. Homogenize your samples, preferably using an agate mortar and pestle, and transfer into plastic vials. Avoid using any types of glass vials. Homogenized samples will be dissolved in 0.45mol/l HNO3 and the pH of the solution will be adjusted to 7–8.

Related Topics:

Boron Isotope Geochemistry

Methodology: Boron Isotope Analysis