Poster or Presentation Title

Multi-Elemental Analysis of Natural Honey from Central Virginia via Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES)

Student Author Information

Laurel Nicks, University of LynchburgFollow

Location

Virtual | Room 3

Access Type

Campus Access Only

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

7-4-2021 4:30 PM

End Date

7-4-2021 4:45 PM

Department

Chemistry

Abstract

Honey can often serve as a bioindicator of the contamination present in an environmental area due to honeybees’ role in the ecosystem. This study aims to quantify the concentration of various heavy metals found in honey samples collected in Central Virginia. Samples will be digested using microwave digestion and analyzed using microwave plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (MP-AES). The goal is to quantify the concentrations of 6 elements: cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), chromium (Cr), zinc (Zn), and cobalt (Co) and ultimately aid in the amount of information available for the selected region and provide consumers with a detailed health index. The quantified concentrations of heavy metals will be compared to those found in commercially sold honey products.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Priscilla Gannicott
Dr. Mark Ledbetter
Dr. Beth Savage
Dr. Samrat Thapa

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Apr 7th, 4:30 PM Apr 7th, 4:45 PM

Multi-Elemental Analysis of Natural Honey from Central Virginia via Microwave Plasma Atomic Emission Spectrometer (MP-AES)

Virtual | Room 3

Honey can often serve as a bioindicator of the contamination present in an environmental area due to honeybees’ role in the ecosystem. This study aims to quantify the concentration of various heavy metals found in honey samples collected in Central Virginia. Samples will be digested using microwave digestion and analyzed using microwave plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy (MP-AES). The goal is to quantify the concentrations of 6 elements: cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), chromium (Cr), zinc (Zn), and cobalt (Co) and ultimately aid in the amount of information available for the selected region and provide consumers with a detailed health index. The quantified concentrations of heavy metals will be compared to those found in commercially sold honey products.