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  • 1 Florida A&M University Environmental Sciences Institute Tallahassee FL 32307 USA
  • 2 National Institute of Standards and Technology Analytical Chemistry Division Gaithersburg MD 20899 USA
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Abstract  

A previous study on the determination of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus in cattail using cold neutron prompt gamma activation analysis (CNPGAA) demonstrates that the results of numerous cattail samples showed favorable comparison to results from an elemental analyzer (EA) for C and N. However, the results for P overestimated the results from a UV-VIS spectrophotometer because of the interference of chlorine existing in cattail collected from an estuarine environment. To compare to CNPGAA, a method for the determination of C, N, and P in cattail using thermal neutron prompt gamma activation analysis (TNPGAA) has been developed in the TNPGAA facility at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and evaluated through the analysis of standard reference materials (SRMs).