Trace amounts of selenium and tellurium in nickel-based heat-resisting superalloys and constituent metals were separated by a reductive coprecipitation technique with palladium using ascorbic acid, and determined by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. Selenium and tellurium each added in 1 μg amounts to solutions of metals (Ni, Al, Cr, Co, Cu, Mn, Mo, V, Ti, Nb, Ta, W and Zr), were recovered by the proposed method. In all metals, both selenium and tellurium were quantitatively recovered in H2SO4, H2SO4-tartaric acid, H2SO4-oxalic acid or H2SO4-H3PO4 solution. In Ni, Al, Nb, Ta, W and Zr, they were also quantitatively recovered in HF-H2SO4 solution. This proposed method could be adapted to determine trace amounts of selenium and tellurium in several alloys (heat-resisting superalloys, stainless steels and high speed steels).
- Atomic absorption spectrometry
- Nickel-based heat-resisting superalloy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Analytical Chemistry
- Environmental Chemistry