Determination of Iron Content in Water by Titration Method

The following test method covers the iron contents of raw materials. Section A Iron determination by colourimetric method 5 to 50 ppm or determination of Iron Content and Determination of iron content in Water principle.

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The limit test has been adapted from the EP 97 to give a maximum of 50 p.p.m. It is a colour comparison with a standard. The test limit may be varied by reducing or increasing the weight of the sample taken.


A2.1 EP 97 - European Pharmacopoeia 1997 - Sodium Bicarbonate Iron content (Modified to give a limit of 5 ppm)

A2.2 Health & Safety Data Sheets for Chemicals & Reagents used in this test method.

A2.3 Material Safety Data Sheets used for products being sampled.



A4.1 An acidic solution of the sample is prepared in a Nessler tube with the addition of mercaptoacetic acid and made alkaline with ammonia. This is compared against control with a known iron content treated in the same way for colour. It passes the test if the colour is equal or less in colour than the control.


A5.1 Iron standard solution (Fe 20 ppm)

Prepare a 0.1726% w/v ammonium iron (III) sulphate in 0.05M Sulphuric Acid. Pipette 10 ml of this solution into a 100 ml flask and dilute to volume with water. This solution contains (Fe 20 ppm).

A5.2 Iron standard solution (Fe 1 ppm) Dilute 5 ml Iron standard solution (20 ppm) to 100 ml with water.


A6.1 Water - De-ionised or distilled

A6.2 0.05M Sulphuric Acid (4.9 g H2SO4 made up to 1 litre with water)

A6.3 Ammonium Iron (III) Sulphate - Analytical Reagent

A6.4 2M Hydrochloric Acid (73g HCl made up to one litre with water).

A6.5 20% w/v Citric acid (20g in 100 ml water) Use Citric acid - analytical reagent grade

A6.6 Mercaptoacetic acid (Thioglycollic acid) - Analytical Reagent

A6.7 10M Ammonia Solution - Analytical Reagent (170g NH3 made up to 1 litre with water) May obtained by diluting 18 M (SG 0.880) to 10 M with water


A7.1 2 x 50 ml Nessler Cylinders (matched) in a rack with a bright background.

A7.2 100 ml volumetric flask

A7.3 10 ml and 5 ml Pipette

A7.4 50 ml measuring cylinder

A7.5 10 ml measuring cylinder.


A8.1 This is a sensitive test for iron and will work well for most simple salts that contain iron. It will not work with highly coloured compounds which will mask the colour developed by thioglycolic acid.


Precautions: Read Material Safety Data Sheets for the materials that you are going to sample. A liquid and sampling normally will not be a problem. Powders may segregate and need special selection procedures to ensure the sample represents the whole consignment. If sampling from a large consignment then a sampling plan shall be prepared so that the samples taken represent the whole consignment.

Determination of Iron Content | Iron Content (Iodometric method)


Precautions: Read Health and Safety Sheets for all chemicals and reagents used in this test method before starting the analysis.

A10.1   X, g of the sample to the nearest mg in 10 ml 2M Hydrochloric acid and transfer to Nessler cylinder. See table below.

Sample size                     X,g ppm limit of iron

2g                                           =         5

1g                                      =              10

2.5 g dilute to 50 ml with 2 M hydrochloric acid pipette 10 ml into Nessler tube  =      20

1 g dilute to 50 ml with 2 M hydrochloric acid pipette 10 ml into Nessler tube     =   50

A10.2 Add 2 ml of 20% w/v citric acid and 0.1 ml of mercaptoacetic acid, mix make alkaline with 10M ammonia solution and dilute to 20 ml then allow to stand for 5 minutes.

A10.3 Repeat operation without the sample but replace it with 10 ml of iron standard solution (1 ppm Fe)

A10.4 The colour of the Sample solution shall be no greater than the Control standard containing the standard iron solution that is not more than 10 ppm iron.

A11 CALCULATION OF RESULTS- No calculations required.


The analysis will give an accuracy of ±10% for this limit test.


Report results as equal to (as selected in table A10.1 ppm) or less than standard if the test is satisfactory. If not report as greater than 10 ppm and exceeds the limit in the specification and give recommendations. Quote the number of the test method 24567A, date of analysis, analyst, identification of sample and any deviations from the test method.

Section B - Iron Content (Iodometric method) used for Nerva aid Fe DP10


The method is designed for iron contents of 11 -12% and the range may be extended by taking a different sample size. It is based on liberating iodine from potassium iodide and therefore is only suitable for ferric iron when other oxidizing or reducing agents are absent.


2.1 Material Safety Data Sheet for materials being sampled for this analysis.

2.2 Health & Safety Data Sheets for chemicals & reagents used in this analysis.

2.3 Instruction Manual for the Potentiometric titrator used for this analysis.


Determination of iron content in water by titration

The method is based on the reaction between Ferric ions and Iodide ions, liberating Iodine. This is titrated with 0.1M Sodium Thiosulphate potentiometrically. The liberated iodine is directly proportional to the Iron present.


5.1 0.1 M Sodium Thiosulphate - Volumetric solution with a certificate of analysis showing strength. This solution may be standardized against a primary standard such as dried Potassium Iodate.

5.2 The method may be validated using pure iron wire, dissolving it in hydrochloric acid and ensuring that it is oxidized to the ferric form.

CHEMICALS & REAGENTS - Use Analytical Reagent grades throughout

6.1 Water - Distilled or de-ionized.

6.2 0.1 M Sodium Thiosulphate - Volumetric Solution

6.3 Potassium Iodide

6.4 36% w/w Hydrochloric Acid

6.5 5% w/v Sodium Hydrogen Carbonate


7.1 Potentiometric titrating equipment fitted with a combination of Platinum & Calomel electrodes.

7.2 Balance weighing to 0.1 mg (Calibrated)

7.3 5 ml measuring cylinder

7.4 25 ml measuring cylinder.

7.5 50 ml Burette - calibrated


Oxidising agents & reducing will interfere with the analysis.


Precautions: Read material Safety Data Sheet before sampling. Powders are often difficult to sample as they are prone to segregation and pick up moisture. It may be necessary to use a Quartering device to obtain a sample representative of the whole.

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Precautions: Read the health & Safety Data Sheet on chemicals & Reagents before carrying out the analysis. Also, read instructions on the potentiometric titrator before commencing the analysis.

10.1 Weigh 0.7 to 0.8 g to nearest 0.1 mg into auto titrator beaker. Dissolve in approximately 100 ml of water and 20 ml 36% w/w hydrochloric acid. Add 1.8 - 2.2g Potassium Iodide then 5 ml of 5% sodium hydrogen carbonate solution (must be added last).

10.2 Stir then leave to stand for 8 - 10 minutes. Titrate with 0.1 M sodium thiosulphate solution using a combination of Platinum and Calomel electrodes. The endpoint is taken at a maximum change in potential per unit volume addition and normally occurs in the range 50 - 150 mv.

10.3 Prepare a blank by dissolving 2 g of potassium iodide in 100 ml of water and 20 ml of 36% w/w hydrochloric Acid. The blank is normally 0.25 ml.

Calculate iron content

% Iron = (Titre - Blank) x Molarity X 5.585/Weight of Sample


To determine the repeatability carry out the analysis 15 times and discard analytes that were not strictly done according to the method. Calculate the standard deviation and multiply by 2. This is equal to the variance at a 95% confidence level. The variance shall be less than half the specification range (0.8%). To validate the method a primary standard (pure Iron wire) shall be used and the mean result must be within the 95% variance range for the true result.


Report as % w/w Iron giving the result to 1 decimal place. Record the following: the test method No 24567B, the date of the analysis, the name of the analyst, whether the result is within specification, recommendations, the identification of the samples and any deviation from the test method.

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