Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry vol:27 issue:8 pages:1304-1310
Natural variation in the isotopic composition of Sb in stibnites (Sb ores) was explored using multicollector
ICP-mass spectrometry (MC-ICP-MS). A method for isolating Sb (after acid digestion)without introducing artificial mass fractionation was developed, based on the use of a combination of cation exchange chromatography using Dowex AG50-X8 resin and anion exchange chromatography
using Amberlite IRA 743 resin. For pure stibnites (Sb2S3), Sb isolation is not strictly required as at a 2 : 3 Sb : S molar ratio, it was demonstrated that the concomitant S does not affect the 123Sb/121Sb isotope ratio result. However, the method can be deployed for other Sb ore types with a lower Sb : Sratio and for samples with lower purity. Indium was used as an internal standard for correction of the instrument-induced mass discrimination occurring in the MC-ICP-MS instrument. The 123Sb/121Sb ratio could be measured with 0.002% repeatability (internal precision), while for the samples the 1233 values were characterized by an uncertainty of 1 3 unit. The isotopic composition of the selected materials (stibnites from various regions of the world) shows a variation spanning 10 3 units (or 0.1%).
The method developed shows potential to be used in provenance determination studies of ancient glass.