Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry Reference Materials for Lithium in Carbonaceous Matrices

Zebadiah Teichert, Maitrayee Bose, Peter Williams, Richard L. Hervig, Lynda B. Williams

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Secondary ion mass spectrometry techniques are used to study trace elements in organic samples where matrix compositions vary spatially. This study was conducted to develop calibrations for lithium content and lithium isotope measurements in kerogen. Known concentrations of Li ions (6Li and 7Li) were implanted into organic polymers, with a range of H/C and O/C ratios similar to kerogen, along with glassy carbon (SPI Glas-22) and silicate glass (NIST SRM 612). Results show that Li content calibration factors (K*) are similar for carbonaceous samples when analysed using a 5 kV secondary ion accelerating voltage. Using a 9 kV secondary ion accelerating voltage, K* factors are negatively correlated with the sample O content, changing ~ 30% between 0 and 15 oxygen atomic %. Thus, to avoid the matrix effect related to O content, using a 5 kV secondary ion accelerating voltage is best for quantification of Li contents based on 7Li+/12C+ ratios. Under these analytical conditions, Li ppm (atomic) = (132 (± 8) × 7Li+/12C+) × 12C atom fraction of the sample measured. Lithium isotope ratio measurements of SPI Glas-22 and NIST SRM 612 are within uncertainty; however, the organic polymer samples as a group show a 10‰ higher δ7Li than NIST SRM 612.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalGeostandards and Geoanalytical Research
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Li isotopes
  • SIMS
  • lithium calibration
  • matrix effects
  • organic polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geology
  • Geochemistry and Petrology


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