Student Research Projects

Trace Copper Analysis by Flame Atomic Absorption in Varied Wine Samples From Warsaw, Virginia

Student Jenna Starkey, ‘13
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Chemistry
Course CHEM 480: Instrumental Methods of Analysis


Storage, treatments, and fungicides can all be contributing factors to varied copper levels in wine production. Three different wine samples from rural Warsaw, Virginia were analyzed by flame atomic absorption for total copper levels. Due to suppression in the signal from the wine matrix, multiple sample preparation methods are necessary for accurate and precise elemental concentrations. Conclusions from this experiment will be discussed in future works.