Simultaneous determination of La, Ce, Pr, and Nd elements in aqueous solution using surface-enhanced laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

Xinyan Yang, Zhongqi Hao, Meng shen, Rongxing Yi, Jiaming Li, Huiwu Yu, Lianbo Guo, Xiangyou Li, Xiaoyan Zeng, Yongfeng Lu

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Determination of rare earth elements (REEs) plays an important role in the extraction process. In this work, surface-enhanced laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (SENLIBS) was introduced to detect REEs (lanthanum, cerium,praseodymium,and neodymium elements) in an aqueous solution. The emission lines of La II 394.91 nm, Ce II 418.66 nm, Pr II 422.29 nm, and Nd II 406.10 nm were selected for quantitative analysis by drying the analytical samples on a Zn metal substrate surface and optimizing the experimental parameters. The results showed that the limits of detection (LoDs) for determining La, Ce, Pr, and Nd elements can reach to 0.85, 4.07, 2.97, and 10.98 μg mL−1, respectively, which proved that SENLIBS is a feasible method for determining REEs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)127-131
Number of pages5
StatePublished - Jan 15 2017



  • Aqueous solution
  • Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy
  • Rare earth elements
  • Surface-enhanced

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry

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