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Analytical Method for Zinc (total) in Building Materials

This Spectroquant® Zinc test enables quantification of zinc ions in various waters. In alkaline solution zinc ions react with pyridylazoresorcinol (PAR) to form a red complex that is measured photometrically.

Instruments and Reagents Required:

Spectroquant® VIS Spectrophotometer Prove 100 (Product No. 173016) or
Spectroquant® UV/VIS Spectrophotometer Prove 300 (Product No. 173017 ) or
Spectroquant® UV/VIS Spectrophotometer Prove 600 (Product No. 173018) or
Spectroquant® Photometer NOVA 30 (Product No. 109748) or
Spectroquant® Photometer NOVA 60 (Product No. 109751) or
Spectroquant® Colorimeter Move 100 (Product No. 173632)
Rectangular cells 10 mm (Product No. 114946) and/or
Rectangular cells 20 mm (Product No. 114947) and/or
Rectangular cells 50 mm (Product No. 114944 )
Spectroquant® Zinc Cell Test (Product No. 114566 )
Spectroquant® Zinc Cell Test (Product No. 100861 )
Spectroquant® Zinc Test* (Product No. 114832 )
Potassium hydrogen sulfate for analysis (Product No. 104885 )
pH-indicator strips pH 0 - 14 Universal indicator (Product No. 109535)
Water for analysis (Product No. 116754)

*not compatible with Move 100

Sample preparation - total content:

Place 200 mg of the finely powdered material with 5 g potassium hydrogen sulfate in a DURAN® test tube, mix and heat gently in a Bunsen flame until a clear orange-colored melt is obtained and no more gas is given off. Allow to cool, add water for analysis to dissolve most of the residue and transfer the suspension to a 100-ml volumetric flask. Adjust to the mark with water for analysis and mix well.
Filter through a paper filter and adjust the pH to 5 - 8.


Determine with the Spectroquant® zinc test kits.


Zinc (total) content in % = analysis value in mg/l Zn x 0.05