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Development and evaluation of a double-pulse LIBS system: Application for soil characterization

Grant number: 12/24349-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctoral
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2013
Effective date (End): March 31, 2017
Field of knowledge:Interdisciplinary Subjects
Principal Investigator:Débora Marcondes Bastos Pereira
Grantee:Gustavo Nicolodelli
Host Institution: Embrapa Instrumentação Agropecuária. Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuária (EMBRAPA). Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento (Brasil). São Carlos , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07276-1 - CEPOF - Optics and Photonic Research Center, AP.CEPID


Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a well-known analytical technique to analyse solid, liquid, gaseous and aerosol samples. It shows, however, a lower sensitivity, compared to other spectrometric methods. One of the approaches to overcome this limitation is to use a double pulse (DP) configuration. In this way, the LIBS sensitivity can be improved due to a better coupling of the laser energy to the target and to the ablated material, leading to more efficient production of analyte atoms in the excited state. This project aims to build and characterization of an apparatus DP-LIBS. The system will be used for soils characterization in order to develop methods rapid, accurate and reproducible. The samples studied in this project are soils derived of the Amazon rainforest. As no or little sample preparation is necessary, this technique can be considered environmentally clean because it does not generate chemical waste. The use of the DP technique will allows to enhance the line emission intensity, when compared with conventional single pulse LIBS, and to reduce the duration of the continuum spectrum, thus increasing the overall analytical performances of the technique.

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Scientific publications (8)
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
NICOLODELLI, GUSTAVO; TADINI, AMANDA MARIA; NOGUEIRA, MARCELO SAITO; PRATAVIEIRA, SEBASTIAO; MOUNIER, STEPHANE; CLABEL HUAMAN, JOSE LUIS; DOS SANTOS, CLEBER HILARIO; MONTES, CELIA REGINA; BASTOS PEREIRA MILORI, DEBORA MARCONDES. Fluorescence lifetime evaluation of whole soils from the Amazon rainforest. APPLIED OPTICS, v. 56, n. 24, p. 6936-6941, . (12/24349-0, 13/07276-1, 11/03250-2, 13/13013-3)
MOUNIER, S.; NICOLODELLI, G.; REDON, R.; MILORI, D. M. B. P.. Direct solid surface fluorescence spectroscopy of standard chemicals and humic acid in ternary system. SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART A-MOLECULAR AND BIOMOLECULAR SPECTROSCOPY, v. 177, p. 79-85, . (12/24349-0)
SENESI, G. S.; ROMANO, R. A.; MARANGONI, B. S.; NICOLODELLI, G.; VILLAS-BOAS, P. R.; BENITES, V. M.; MILORI, D. M. B. P.. Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Associated with Multivariate Analysis Applied to Discriminate Fertilizers of Different Nature. Journal of Applied Spectroscopy, v. 84, n. 5, p. 923-928, . (12/24349-0, 13/07276-1, 13/02165-7)
NICOLODELLI, G.; SENESI, G. S.; ROMANO, R. A.; CABRAL, J.; PERAZZOLI, I. L. O.; MARANGONI, B. S.; VILLAS-BOAS, P. R.; MILORI, D. M. B. P.. Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy of environmental and synthetic samples using non-intensified CCD: optimization of the excitation wavelength. APPLIED PHYSICS B-LASERS AND OPTICS, v. 123, n. 4, . (12/24349-0, 13/07276-1)
NICOLODELLI, GUSTAVO; SENESI, GIORGIO SAVERIO; ROMANO, RENAN AMON; DE OLIVEIRA PERAZZOLI, IVAN LUIZ; BASTOS PEREIRA MILORI, DEBORA MARCONDES. Signal enhancement in collinear double-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy applied to different soils. SPECTROCHIMICA ACTA PART B-ATOMIC SPECTROSCOPY, v. 111, p. 23-29, . (12/24349-0)
NICOLODELLI, GUSTAVO; SENESI, GIORGIO S.; RANULFI, ANIELLE C.; MARANGONI, BRUNO S.; WATANABE, ALEX; BENITES, VINICIUS DE MELO; DE OLIVEIRA, PATRICIA P. A.; VILLAS-BOAS, PAULINO; MILORI, DEBORA M. B. P.. Double-pulse laser induced breakdown spectroscopy in orthogonal beam geometry to enhance line emission intensity from agricultural samples. Microchemical Journal, v. 133, p. 272-278, . (12/24349-0, 13/07276-1)
MENEGATTI, CARLOS R.; NICOLODELLI, GUSTAVO; SENESI, GIORGIO S.; DA SILVA, OTAVIO A.; FILHO, HELCIO J. I.; VILLAS BOAS, PAULINO R.; MARANGONI, BRUNO S.; MILORI, DEBORA M. B. P.. Semiquantitative analysis of mercury in landfill leachates using double-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy. APPLIED OPTICS, v. 56, n. 13, p. 3730-3735, . (12/24349-0, 13/07276-1)
NICOLODELLI, GUSTAVO; SENESI, GIORGIO SAVERIO; DE OLIVEIRA PERAZZOLI, IVAN LUIZ; MARANGONI, BRUNO SPOLON; BENITES, VINICIUS DE MELO; BASTOS PEREIRA MILORI, DEBORA MARCONDES. Double pulse laser induced breakdown spectroscopy: A potential tool for the analysis of contaminants and macro/micronutrients in organic mineral fertilizers. Science of The Total Environment, v. 565, p. 1116-1123, . (12/24349-0, 13/07276-1)

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