Microdrop Deposition Technique: Preparation and Characterization of Diluted Suspended Particulate Samples
AbstractThe analysis of particulate matter (PM) in dilute solutions is an important target for environmental, geochemical, and biochemical research. Here, we show how microdrop technology may allow the control, through the evaporation of small droplets, of the deposition of insoluble materials dispersed in a solution on a well-defined area with a specific spatial pattern. Using this technology, the superficial density of the deposited solute can be accurately controlled. In particular, it becomes possible to deposit an extremely reduced amount of insoluble material, in the order of few μg on a confined area, thus allowing a relatively high superficial density to be reached within a limited time. In this work, we quantitatively compare the microdrop technique for the preparation of particulate matter samples with the classical filtering technique. After having been optimized, the microdrop technique allows obtaining a more homogeneous deposition and may limit the sample amount up to a factor 25. This method is potentially suitable for many novel applications in different scientific fields such as demanding spectroscopic studies looking at the mineral fraction contained in ice cores or to pollution investigations looking at the detection of heavy metals present in ultra-trace in water. View Full-Text
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Macis, S.; Cibin, G.; Maggi, V.; Baccolo, G.; Hampai, D.; Delmonte, B.; D’Elia, A.; Marcelli, A. Microdrop Deposition Technique: Preparation and Characterization of Diluted Suspended Particulate Samples. Condens. Matter 2018, 3, 21.
Macis S, Cibin G, Maggi V, Baccolo G, Hampai D, Delmonte B, D’Elia A, Marcelli A. Microdrop Deposition Technique: Preparation and Characterization of Diluted Suspended Particulate Samples. Condensed Matter. 2018; 3(3):21.Chicago/Turabian Style
Macis, Salvatore; Cibin, Giannantonio; Maggi, Valter; Baccolo, Giovanni; Hampai, Dariush; Delmonte, Barbara; D’Elia, Alessandro; Marcelli, Augusto. 2018. "Microdrop Deposition Technique: Preparation and Characterization of Diluted Suspended Particulate Samples." Condens. Matter 3, no. 3: 21.
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