Using Ghezeljeh Nanoclay for Measuring of Copper Ions Released from the Cooking Pot into Food Samples by FAAS and ICP-AES

Document Type: Research Paper



montmorillonite nanoclay was used as a natural adsorbent to measure and remove
copper ions released from the cooking pot into food by applying the solid phase extraction
(SPE) method in batch mode. The clay is characterized by using fourier transform infrared
spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffractometry (XRD).
The results of XRD and FT-IR of nanoclay confirm that montmorillonite is the dominant
mineral phase. Based on SEM images of clay, it can be seen that the distance between the
plates is Nano. The adsorbent was prepared using the
method and then a number
of effective parameters on extraction were optimized using standard solutions: amount of
adsorbent, eluent characteristics, pH and type of the buffer solutions, shaking time, adsorption
temperature, volume of the standard solutions, and initial metal ion concentration. Also, the role
of desorption and centrifugation time were explored. The limit of detection and quantification,
preconcentration factor, and the adsorption capacity of the nanoclay were calculated. The
method was applied to a variety of food materials to verify its efficiency. Subsequently, this
method was applied to two Iranian stews cooked in copper pots plated with tin in order to
measure the amount of copper released from the pot. The result suggests that the amounts of
released copper and tin exceeded the tolerable daily intakes. In general, the removal of metal
ions using the nanoclay proved to be rapid, efficient, reliable, and reproducible.