Flow injection and trace analysis (FI-TRACE)

Overview of the research activity

The main goal of the FI-TRACE research group at the UIB is the development of novel analytical methods and their application to the determination of traces of contaminants in troublesome environmental matrices as detailed below:

1. Development of novel automatic solid-phase and liquid-phase microextraction methods for sample clean-up and preconcentration in soils and environmental waters

2. Development of dynamic fractionation methods for trace metal partitioning in terrestrial solids and foodstuffs for bioaccessibility and bioavailability tests.

3. In-vitro oral gastrointestinal methods simulating the ingestion of soil (accidentally), airborne particulate matter and food to ascertain the release of inorganic and organic contaminants in gut juices and permeation through permeselective membranes

4. Coupling of sample preparation methods to atomic spectrometric detectors or chromatographic systems for expeditious analysis of wastewaters or solid materials