Hi Hans,
What do you use to stop bacterial activity?
Linda Anderson

At 04:27 AM 1/16/2008, you wrote:
to the water equilibration people,
just a reminder, the isotope equilibration between H20 and H2 happens in the vapor phase , so if there is no H2S in the vapor (depending on the pH of the liquid ) then there is no poisoning of the catalyst surface. But if you do have H2S in the vapor phase the catalyst will be inactive with time. And a second reminder: the equilibration occurs on the catalyst surface the catalyst has to be temperature controlled . some people place the catalyst well above the liquid phase at the top of a bottle where the temperature might be different by a few tenth of a centigrade compared to the temperaturecontrolled liquid and therefore they get different fractionation results. and a third thing: do not stop bacterial activity with HgCl2 this ruins the catalyst
Hans Friedrichsen
MS Analysentechnik (producer of the catalyst sticks)

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Thema: [ISOGEOCHEM] poisoning of D/H platinum rods/Hokko Beads by dissolved sulfide, and copper pre-treatment

Hi All,
I've read in the ISOGEOCHEM archives that the Platinum catalyst used in D/H analyses of H2O by equilibration can be "poisoned" by dissolved sulfides. Does anyone have experience to estimate a sulfide concentration above which this effect should be considered significant? I've also read about pre-treatment with copper to avoid this problem. Does anyone have a reference or advice for a standard pre-treatment?
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