Pitfalls of sequential extractions

P. M.V. Nirel, Francois M. M. Morel

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An increasing number of researchers are using sequential extractions to determine the speciation of trace elements in sediments. Unfortunately, sequential extraction methods have not been successfully validated. The results are simply taken as providing "operational definitions" of the phases one is trying to measure. A more rigorous approach is required to gain insight into the geochemistry of trace elements or their bioavailability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1055-1056
Number of pages2
JournalWater Research
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1990

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Ecological Modeling
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


  • radionuclides
  • sediments
  • sequential extraction
  • speciation
  • trace elements


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