Turkish Journal of Chemistry




Due to the various promising properties of magnesium as a structural material and certain other applications such as a reducing agent for refractory metals, magnesium metal has great commercial importance in many technical industries but the presence of oxygen and nitrogen impurities adversely affects its physico-chemical and mechanical properties. Therefore, the exact measurement of oxygen and nitrogen impurities is essential. The accuracy of analytical values of micro amounts of nitrogen and oxygen (\mu g.g^{-1} level) in magnesium metal has been measured indirectly. The conditions for the vacuum distillation (VD) method were optimized. Analysis of residue for magnesium content was studied by inductively coupled plasma optical-emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES). The VD method is capable of measuring oxygen and nitrogen impurities in the microgram range. The reliability and sensitivity of the method is limited only when the specimen contains > 2 impurities. Results obtained by the VD and ICP techniques were compared with those obtained by other techniques. The data was statistically analysed. Student's t-test and variance ratio test methods (F-test) were performed for the significance of results by utilizing the analysis of variance (ANOVA).


Gaseous impurities, Magnesium metal, Vacuum distillation, ICP, Oxygen and Nitrogen

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