Analytical Method: Aluminium in soils

Instruments and Reagents:

Cat.No. 173016  Spectroquant® VIS Spectrophotometer Prove 100 or

Cat.No. 173017  Spectroquant® UV/VIS Spectrophotometer Prove 300 or

Cat.No. 173018  Spectroquant® UV/VIS Spectrophotometer Prove 600 or

Cat.No. 109748  Spectroquant® Photometer NOVA 30 or

Cat.No. 109751  Spectroquant® Photometer NOVA 60 or

Cat.No. 173632  Spectroquant® Colorimeter Move 100

Cat.No. 114946  Rectangular cells 10 mm and/or

Cat.No. 114947  Rectangular cells 20 mm and/or
Cat.No. 114944  Rectangular cells 50 mm
Cat.No. 100594  Spectroquant® Aluminium Cell Test
Cat.No. 114825  Spectroquant® Aluminium Test
Cat.No. 100316  Hydrochloric acid 25 % for analysis
Cat.No. 109970  Hydrochloric acid 1 mol/l for analysis
Cat.No. 105588  Sodium hydroxide solution 10 % for analysis
Cat.No. 109535  Universal Indicator strips pH 0 - 14
Cat.No. 109531  Acilit® Indicator strips pH 0 - 6
Cat.No. 116754  Water for analysis
Charcoal activated for soil tests
Folded filter
Sample preparation:
In a glass beaker place 10 g of air - dried and sieved (mesh 2 mm) sample with 100 ml hydrochloric acid 1 mol/l and a spatula - tipfull of charcoal activated for soil tests and mix well for 1 hour. The pH - value should be 1 - 2 (check with Acilit® Indicator strips). If necessary, adjust with hydrochloric acid 25 %.
Afterwards adjust the pH value of the suspension to 3.0 with sodium hydroxide solution 10 %, using the pH meter. Then remove the undissolved matter by filtration through a folded filter and wash the filter residues 3 times with water for analysis. Collect the filtrate and the washings in a 200-ml volumetric flask, finally fill up to volume with water for analysis and mix well.
Determine with the above mentioned test kits.
Aluminium content in mg/kg Al = analysis value in mg/l Al x 20


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