Anions in high ionic water by IC using tandem conductivity and UV detection

«High ionic water» is typically water containing a high concentration of chloride (e.g. seawater, brine), but this also describes water samples resulting from petrochemical processes. Due to the high chloride concentrations, the conductivity determination of minor ionic components is limited. Thus, minor anions like nitrite, bromide, and nitrate can elute under or on the tail of the large chloride peak, and their detection in low concentrations is hampered. However, combining conductivity and UV/VIS detection as described in ASTM D8234 enables the determination of anions that are UV active. Chloride does not interfere in this situation. The described technique enables the interference-free simultaneous determination of trace anions besides high chloride content.