Changing Reducing Agents in an Assay

  1. Apr 15, 2014 #1
    I am in need of help answering a question. I am an environmental geologist faced with the need to comment on techniques for gold assaying. Such questions are best left to mineralogists. My question: can changing the type of reducing agent in a gold assay test from flour to argol make a difference in the resulting fusion and final analysis for gold?
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  3. Apr 15, 2014 #2


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    Disclaimer: I know nothing about assaying gold in particular. What I do know, is that small changes to any analytical recipe can have unexpected side effects, so you would need at least some preliminary tests done on a known samples to check if the results from both methods are comparable.
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