A sequential injection method for the fluorimetric determination of aluminum in drinking water using 8-hydroxy-7-(4-sulfo-1-naphthylazo)-5-quinoline sulfonic acid

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A robust and simple sequential injection (SI) method for the assay of aluminum ions in drinking water is described. The method is based on the complex formation between aluminum and 8-hydroxy-7-(4-sulfo-1-naphthylazo)-5-quinoline sulfonic acid (HSNQ). The fluorescence of the complex is monitored at an emission wavelength of 492 nm with excitation at 357 nm. The HSNQ concentration, aspirated reagent and sample volumes were optimized simultaneously using 33 full factorial design. The optimum operating conditions are aspirated sample and reagent volumes of 90 and 70 μL, respectively, and HSNQ concentration of 20 μM. With these conditions linear calibration curves were obtained from 100 to 800 ppb. The detection limit was 4 ppb. The maximum relative standard deviation of the method was 1.43% (n = 5). The method was successfully applied for the determination of aluminum in drinking water samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1174-1179
Number of pages6
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 31 2007



  • Aluminum
  • SIA
  • Spectrofluorimetry 8-hydroxy-7-(4-sulfo-1-naphthylazo)-5-quinoline sulfonic acid (HSNQ)
  • Water analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Spectroscopy

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