Determination of nitrilotriacetic acid in waste and natural waters

Salla Tuulos-Tikka, Mika Sillanpää, Jaakko Rämö

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An analytical method and the method validation for the determination of NTA in waste waters and in the aquatic environment is presented. An aqueous sample, after evaporation to dryness, was treated with an ethyl esterification reagent. The resulting ester was identified by MS and determined by GC-NPD apparatus. The response was linear within realistic scale (0.006 mg/l-50 mg/l) for lake and waste waters. The recoveries were found to vary between 105 and 123% for lake water and between 113 and 124% for waste water. The run-to-run repeatabilities and reproducibilities were all below 2.1%, revealing the high precision of the method. The detection limit was 6 μg/l and quantitation limit 13 μg/l. No interferences were observed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-232
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Analytical Chemistry
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Aminocarboxylic acid determination
  • Gas chromatography
  • Natural water
  • Nitrilotriacetic acid determination
  • Waste water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Soil Science
  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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