Mónica Felipe-Sotelo

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The determination of trace metals in solid samples has traditionally been performed by acid digestion and subsequent measurement by a suitable instrumental technique. This dissolution step is time-consuming and it shows important drawbacks. For these reasons, in the past years many efforts have been focused on the direct analysis of solid samples. Among the(More)
Multivariate data analysis methods are applied to study of the geographical and temporal distribution of nitric oxide (NO) in Catalonia (North-East Spain), measured during the period 2001-2006 in 50 sampling stations. Principal component analysis (PCA) and Multivariate Curve Resolution Alternating Least Squares (MCR-ALS) were applied for that purpose. The(More)
Three sampling campaigns were carried out in rivers located at two hydrographic basins affected by urban and semi-urban areas around the Metropolitan area of A Coruña (ca. 500,000 inhabitants, NW-Spain) to study local and temporal variations of 21 physicochemical parameters (pH, conductivity, Cl-, SO4(2-), SiO2, Ca2+, Mg2+, Na+, K+, hardness, NO3(-),(More)
This work describes the solubility of nickel under the alkaline conditions anticipated in the near field of a cementitious repository for intermediate level nuclear waste. The measured solubility of Ni in 95%-saturated Ca(OH)2 solution is similar to values obtained in water equilibrated with a bespoke cementitious backfill material, on the order of(More)
The solubility of uranium and thorium has been measured under the conditions anticipated in a cementitious, geological disposal facility for low and intermediate level radioactive waste. Similar solubilities were obtained for thorium in all media, comprising NaOH, Ca(OH)2 and water equilibrated with a cement designed as repository backfill (NRVB, Nirex(More)
A novel two-photon-fluorescent N,O-heteroatom-rich carbon nanomaterial has been synthesized and characterized. The new carbon nanoparticles were produced by hydrothermal conversion from a one-photon-fluorescent poly(4-vinylpyridine) precursor (P4VP). The carbonized particles (cP4VP dots) with nonuniform particle diameter (ranging from sub-6 to 20 nm with(More)
The presence of organochlorine compounds (OCs)-namely hexachlorobenzene (HCB), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH), polychlorobiphenyls (PCBs #28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153 and 180), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethane (DDE)-was examined in various fish tissues (muscle and liver) sampled in 23 mountain lakes in Europe. The(More)
The influence of anthropogenic organic complexants (citrate, EDTA and DTPA from 0.005 to 0.1M) on the solubility of nickel(II), thorium(IV) and uranium (U(IV) and U(VI)) has been studied. Experiments were carried out in 95%-saturated Ca(OH)2 solutions, representing the high pH conditions anticipated in the near field of a cementitious intermediate level(More)
Analysis of solid samples by slurry-sampling-electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (SS-ETAAS) can imply spectral and chemical interferences caused by the large amount of concomitants introduced into the graphite furnace. Sometimes they cannot be solved using stabilized temperature platform furnace (STPF) conditions or typical approaches (previous(More)
Five modifiers were tested for the direct determination of cobalt in coal fly ash and slag by ultrasonic slurry-sampling electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry (USS-ETAAS). The furnace temperature programs and the appropriate amount for each modifier were optimized to get the highest signal and the best separation between the atomic and background(More)