Colorimetric Determination of Traces of Metals, 3 Edn, (Interscience
- B Sandell E
- New York)
Ferron has been used as an analytical reagent for the extractive spectrophotometric determination of molybdenum(V) obtained from the reduction of molybdenum(VI) with ascorbic acid. Molybdenum(V) in presence of a large number of cations, anions and complexing agents forms a yellow complex with ferron that is quantitatively extractable into tri-n-octylamine-chloroform from 1 M H2SO4 medium. The complex is stable for at least 24 h and shows an absorption maximum at 425 nm with molar absorptivity and Sandell’s sensitivity of 3.96×10 l mol cm and 0.02525 μg cm Mo(V), respectively. The method obeys Beer’s law up to 31 μg ml Mo(V). For ten replicate determinations of 10 μg ml Mo(V), the relative standard deviation is found to be 0.54%. The method is simple, selective, precise and rapid, and has been satisfactorily applied to the determination of molybdenum in aqueous, synthetic and technical samples of diverse matrices.