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  1. Session 2: Fundamentals and Classical methods of quantitative elemental analysis http://bcs.whfreeman.com/qca7e http://www.good-weighing-practice.com/gwp/proper-weighing

  2. Measurement of Mass and Volume:Recognising random and systematic errors

  3. Recap:Quantitative Analysis - Principles • Define sample amount (mass or volume) • Measure quantity proportional to analyte concentration • Measured property must vary in a defined way: calibration with known standards necessary • Analysis must be specific: Interferences must be known and if possible be eliminated • Accuracy: Proximity of measured value to accepted (or "true") value: must be determined • Precision: Closeness of measured values to one another: must be defined and reported

  4. Measuring Mass Classical two-pan balance Modern electronic analytical balance F = m x g Electroma-gnetic force to counter From: Harris, 6th edition

  5. Random errors in weight measurements: tolerances of analytical balances and weights for calibration • Analytical balances need to be calibrated regularly • Typically use stainless steel weights (d = 8.0 g/ml) From: Harris, 6th edition

  6. Specifications for balances • Capacity • Readability • Repeatability (standard deviation); larger than readability Capacity x readability: Analytical balances: tens to hundreds of g x 0.1 - 0.01 mg Ultra-micro balance: e.g. 6 g x 0.0001 mg

  7. Avoiding systematic error in weight measurements:buoyancy • Any object displaces a certain amount of air • This reduces the apparent mass that a balance measures • If density of the object being weighed is significantly different from calibration weights, buoyancy correction is necessary: m = true mass; m’ = measured mass; da = density of air (0.0012 g/ml); dw = density of calibration weights (8.0 g/ml); d = density of weighed object

  8. Correcting buoyancy errors Buoyancy correction in dependence on density of weighed object

  9. Exercise: • A bottle weighed 7.6500 g empty and 9.9700 g after introduction of an organic liquid with a density of 0.92 g cm-3. The balance was equipped with stainless steel weights having a density of 8.0 g cm-3. Correct the weight of the sample for the effects of buoyancy.

  10. Avoiding systematic errors in weight measurements • Temperature effects • Convection air currents • Warm air in balance weighs less • Measured mass of object appears lower • Essential to weigh at room temperature • Prevent object from picking up moisture: • Do not touch with bare fingers • Let cool in desiccator • If weighing substances that are kept in fridge or freezer, let warm up before weighing • Be aware of hygroscopic substances Absolute error in weight as a function of time after object was removed from a 110°C oven (A: porcelain filtering crucible, B: weighing bottle containing 7.5 g of KCl.)

  11. Measuring Volume • Apparatus for volume measurement • Pipettes, Burettes, Volumetric flasks Calibrated either for containment (flasks) or delivery (pipettes, burettes) of specified volume Typical pipettes: (a) volumetric (transfer pipette); (b) Mohr; (c) serological; (d) Eppendorf micropipette

  12. Characteristics of pipettes

  13. Random errors in volume measurements:Tolerances of Class A Pipettes

  14. Random errors in volume measurement:Range and precision of typical Eppendorf micropipettes

  15. Tolerances of Class A burettes and volumetric flasks

  16. Avoiding systematic errors in volume measurements:Temperature effects • Volume occupied by a given mass of liquid, as well as the device that holds the liquid, varies with temperature • For dilute aqueous solution: • Coefficient of expansion = 0.025% / °C • 1°C increase in temp. yields 0.025% increase in volume. • Refer volumetric measurements to temperature at which they were made (standard temperature is 20 °C). • Exercise: • A 40.00 mL sample is taken from an aqueous solution at 5°C. What volume does it occupy at 20 °C?

  17. Avoiding systematic errors in volume measurement:Calibration of Volumetric Ware • Measure mass of liquid of known density and temperature contained in or delivered by a stated volume • Buoyancy correction must be made (see Table) • Divide corrected mass by density of liquid • Express results at standard temperature (20°C).

  18. Volume occupied by 1.0000g water weighed in air against stainless steel weights • Exercise: • A 25 mL pipette has been measured to deliver 24.976 g of water weighed against stainless steel mass at 25°C. Use the data in the Table to determine the volume delivered by this pipette at 25°C and 20 °C.

  19. Treatment of glassware • Need to ensure that containers are clean and not contaminated • Important that liquids interact in defined way with glass surfaces: use detergents • For trace analysis, it is common to use an “acid wash” • If possible, use polypropylene or teflon rather than glass

  20. Summary • All measurements carry errors/uncertainty • Systematic errors can be corrected • Accuracy of methods can be improved • Random errors cannot be corrected • Precision of method can be determined and must be known • All quantitative data must be reported with error • Methods to solve a given analytical question can be selected according to their performance characteristics • Analysts must be aware of the performance characteristics of their tools

  21. Classical analytical methods:Gravimetric and volumetric analyses

  22. Gravimetric analysis • Analyte is converted to a solid product of known (pure) composition and weighed • Conversion of the analyte can be accomplished in several ways: • Reduction of an ion to its elemental form (e.g. by electrolysis) • Roasting (hydrolysis/oxidation) of a compound • Precipitation of an ion with a counterion • Precipitation of an organic molecule • Methods exist for most inorganic anions and cations, H2O, SO2, CO2, and iodine • Organic compounds can also be quantified

  23. Precipitate analyte using precipitating agent Examples • Convert analyte (usually ions) to its elemental form using reducing agents

  24. Gravimetric analysis: precipitation of insoluble salts or complexes • Involves precipitation, filtration, drying, weighing • e.g.: Sulfate with BaCl2 • Ni(II) with dimethylglyoxime • 8-hydroxyquinoline (oxine): range of metal ions. Forms sparingly soluble complexes • For accuracy, certain conditions must be fulfilled: • The ion of interest must precipitate completely (=quantitatively). The formed salt must have a very low solubility product • Precipitate must be a pure compound (avoid co-precipitation) • Precipitate must be easy to filter

  25. Why gravimetry is still in use, although time-consuming and challenging: • Accurate and precise (if done properly) • Absolute method: No calibration required • Apparatus required is relatively inexpensive

  26. Exercise: • Lead (as Pb2+) can be determined by precipitation with sodium iodide • Write down the stoichiometric reaction formula • What mass of NaI is needed to convert 1.00 g of Pb(NO3)2 to PbI2? • What mass of PbI2 will be formed?

  27. Exercise:A sample of metallic tin (2.00 g) was reacted with iodine (8.80 g) in a refluxing organic solvent, and an orange-yellow solid (A) (8.62 g) was isolated. A qualitative elemental analysis of A showed it contained only tin and iodide. A sample of A (2.0000 g ) was accurately weighed into a pre-weighed silica crucible and roasted in air (A reacts with H2O) to produce SnO2 (0.4810 g). A second sample of A (2.0000 g) was dissolved in a small excess of nitric acid, and excess silver nitrate added dropwise to precipitate silver iodide, which was collected in a weighed sinter crucible, dried in an oven at 110°C, and then cooled and weighed (mass of AgI obtained=2.9986 g). When a sample of A was exposed to air for several months, it became hydrated as shown by a second analysis of the impure product, B, which showed Sn=17.92%, I=76.64%, and H=0.61%.(Sn=118.69, I=126.90, O=16.00, Ag=107.87, H=1.008)

  28. Exercise (continued): • From the amount of SnO2 obtained in the original analysis, calculate the percentage of tin in A • From the amount of AgI obtained, calculate the percentage of iodide in A. • Assuming a molecular formula for A of SnaIb, the molecular weight of A is therefore =118.69 x a + 126.90 x b.Percentage tin X(1)Percentage iodide Y(2)Use equations (1) and (2) and your calculated values for X and Y to estimate the ratio b/a and determine the empirical formula of A. • A mass spectrum of A showed a cluster of peaks centred at a charge/mass ratio m/z=626, and no other peaks at higher m/z. Assuming the observed m/z corresponds to the approximate molar mass, M, what is the molecular formula of A? • What is the percentage purity of the exposed sample, B, compared with A (regard A as pure), and how many water molecules are there in B?

  29. Volumetric analysis • Amount of analyte determined by measurement of volume of a reagent needed to react with analyte • Titrimetry: Determining the quantity of a reagent of known concentration that is required to react completely with the analyte • Titration: Adding standard solution (titrant) to solution of the analyte until reaction is complete. Solution dispensed from burette to determine volume of reagent required for reaction • Requires that • Reaction has a large equilibrium constant • Reaction proceeds rapidly

  30. Titrimetric methods • Acid-base titrations • Precipitation titrations • Volhard (Ag+ directly or Cl- via back titration) • Complexometric titrations • Cations with EDTA • Redox titrations • Manganometry, iodometry • Spectrophotometric titrations • Measures changes in UV-Vis spectra • Potentiometric titrations • Measures changes in potential (e.g. with pH electrodes or Ion-selective electrodes)

  31. General terminology • Equivalence point: Point in a titration when quantity of added titrant is the exact amount necessary for stoichiometric reaction with analyte. This is the “ideal” point sought in a titration. In reality, we find the • End point: Point reached when a (ideally sudden) physical change in the solution occurs, which indicates the absence of unreacted analyte. End points are often detected through an indicator • Ideally, there is very little difference between the volumes for the equivalence and end points. This difference is thetitration error • Can be determined with ablank titration • Back titration: Excess of a standard solution added to consume analyte is determined by addition of second standard. Required when direct reaction is slow or unstable

  32. Typical titration curve Decrease in concentration of analyte Note: semi-log plot log c Equivalence point Volume/ amount of titrant added

  33. General terminology: Standardisation • Titrations require standard solutions: Reagent of known concentration used to carry out titration • Primary standard: Solution of a highly purified compound (>99.9%) that can be accurately weighed • Serves as a reference material in a given volumetric titration method. The accuracy of such methods is critically dependent on the properties of this compound • Must be stable (not decomposed during storage) • Must be a compound that can be dried to remove residue water • Standard reference materials commercially available (SRMs) • Secondary standard: Solution of titrant that has been standardised by titrating a known amount of primary standard (also commercially available)

  34. Reaction 1: Ag+ + SCN¯⇌ AgSCN(s) Ksp=[Ag+][SCN¯]=1.1 ×10-12 Reaction 2: Fe3+ + SCN¯⇌ [Fe(SCN)]2+ (red) Kf= [Fe(SCN)]2+ =1.4 ×102 [Fe3+][SCN¯] Precipitation Titrations • Based on reactions that give products of low solubility • One of the oldest analytical techniques (mid 1800s) • E.g. Volhard method for silver(I) titrations • For direct analysis of silver ions or indirect detn. of halides • Titrant: NaSCN • Fe(III) acts as the indicator • Red colour observed at [Fe(SCN)2+] = 6.4×10-6 M

  35. Volhard method for Ag+ • Exercise: • Titrate 50 mL of 0.05 M Ag+ with 0.1 M KSCN • What concentration of Fe3+ should be used to reduce titration error to zero? • Note: For zero titration error, the Fe(SCN)2+ colour should appear when [Ag+] = [SCN-]

  36. Effect of solubility product Log [Ag+] Ksp≈10-12 Ksp≈10-18  The higher the solubility, the more difficult becomes the end point recognition

  37. Compleximetric titration • Metal ion determination • Metal ion reacts with ligand to form complex • Can form soluble complexes or precipitates • Equivalence point determined by indicator • EDTA: Ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid; is a hexadentate ligand pK1 = 0.0 pK2 = 1.5 pK3 = 2.0 pK4 = 2.66 pK5 = 6.16 pK6 = 10.24 (n-4)+ [M(H2O)6]n+ + [H2(EDTA)]2- + 6 H2O + 2 H+ ISO 6059: Determination of Hardness in water

  38. Stoichiometric formation constants for EDTA complexes [MY(n-4)+] [Mn+][Y4-] =KMY (Kf) Mn++Y4-⇌ MY(n-4)+

  39. Titration curve shape depends on formation constant [MY(n-4)+] [Mn+][Y4-] Mn++Y4-⇌ MY(n-4)+ =KMY (or Kf) • Ca2+ has smallest formation constant (weakest EDTA complex) • Fe3+ has largest formation constant (strongest EDTA complex) Titration curves for 50 mL of 0.01 mol/L cation solutions at pH 6.0.

  40. Effect of pH • Depending on pH, only a certain portion of EDTA is present as Y4-: [Y4-] = aY4- [EDTA]total • The value of aY4- decreases with pH Y4- HY3- H2Y2- H3Y- Speciation curve

  41. Effect of pH • This leads to an apparent reduction in stability: • Significant for complexes with small K values: Influence of pH on the titration of 0.01 mol/L Ca2+ (50 mL) with 0.01 mol/L EDTA.

  42. Minimum pH needed for the satisfactory titration of various cations with EDTA

  43. Endpoint recognition in Titrations with EDTA • Indicator for EDTA titrations: Eriochrome Black T • Different forms of indicator ( -, 2-, 3- ) have different colours n-3 M + Mn+ + 2H+ (red) H2O + H2In-⇌ HIn2- + H3O+Ka1 = 5×10-7; pKa = 6.3 (red)(blue) H2O + HIn2-⇌ In3- + H3O+ Ka2 = 2.8×10-12; pKa = 11.6 (orange) Kf for M(In) < Kf for M(EDTA): Solution stays red until no more M is left for complexation with ET pH must be > 6.3 to see colour change to blue

  44. Summary • Both gravimetric and volumetric methods require an understanding of the underlying Chemistry • Gravimetry: absolute method, no standardisation required (but accuracy of a given method must be tested) • Titrimetry: careful standardisation is required to achieve satisfactory accuracy

  45. Exercise • Find and list gravimetric and/or volumetric methods that may be commonly used in a commercial Analytical Lab