When preparing ICP-MS calibration standards for trace metal (~100 ppt) analysis, the values for Gold do not remain stable for more than a day. The standards are prepared using commercially available 10 ppm solutions in Nitric Acid with traces of HF.
A known amount of the Gold standard is added to 2 mL of 70% ultra pure Nitric Acid, an Indium Internal Standard and diluted to a pre-determined volume with ultra pure deionized water. The samples being analyzed are in 49% hydrofluoric acid to which has been added 2 mL of 70% ultra pure Nitric Acid, an Indium Internal Standard and diluted with an equal volume of ultra pure deionized water.
Would preparing matrix-matched calibration standards solve this problem?