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GC Analysis of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Salmon on SPB®-608 (20 m x 0.18 mm I.D., 0.18 μm) after QuEChERS Cleanup using Supel™ QuE Z-Sep, Fast GC Analysis

GC Analysis of Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in Salmon on SPB®-608 (20 m x 0.18 mm I.D., 0.18 μm) after QuEChERS Cleanup using Supel™ QuE Z-Sep, Fast GC Analysis


sample preparation Dispersive (QuEChERS)
sample/matrix raw salmon spiked with PAHs at 100 ng/g
extraction tube Supel(TM) QuE Non-buffered tube, magnesium sulfate/sodium chloride (55294-U)
extraction process add 25 mL acetonitrile and the contents of the Supel(TM) QuE Non-buffered tube (55294-U); shake for 5 minutes; centrifuge for 5 minutes at 3200 rpm
clean-up process transfer 3 mL of acetonitrile layer, Supel QuE Z-Sep (500 mg) and MgSO4 (450 mg) into an extraction tube; (shake 1 minute; centrifuge for 3 minutes at 3400 rpm; remove 1 mL supernatant for GC-MS analysis)
clean-up tube Supel(TM) QuE Z-Sep (500 mg, part no. 55299-U), magnesium sulfate (450 mg, part no. 63135) (55299-U, 63135)
column SPB-608, 20 m x 0.18 mm I.D. x 0.18 µm
oven 60 C (1 min), 25 C/min to 275 C, 10 C/min to 300 C (13 min)
carrier gas helium, 1.5 ml/min, constant
injection 1 µL, splitless (1 min)
liner 4 mm I.D. FocusLiner(TM) with taper
inj. temp. 265 C
detector MS, SIM
MSD interface 300 C


Analysis Note This application demonstrates the use of dispersive SPE or QuEChERS for the extraction and cleanup of raw salmon for GC-MS analysis of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Supel QuE Z-Sep sorbent was used in the cleanup step and found to reduce background and yield recoveries >80% for a majority of the PAHs tested., Sample pretreatment: Place 5 g ground sample into 50 mL centrifuge tube. Spike with 100 ng/g target PAHs and internal standards. Let sit 30 min. Add 5 mL water and homogenize.
Application Extraction solvent: acetonitrile, 25 mL
Clean-up volume: 3 mL
Clearn-up tube: Supel QuE Z-Sep (500 mg, part no. 55299-U, magnesium sulfate (450 mg, part no. 63135)
Categories Analytical Chromatography, SPE Applications, GC Applications, Hydrocarbons, PAHs
Featured Industry Food and Beverages
General description Stenerson, K.; Ye, M.; Halpenny, M., New Analytical Tools for the Determination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Fatty Food and Beverage Matrices Using QuEChERS Extraction/Cleanup and Gas Chromatography (GC) Analysis. Pittcon 2013. Sigma-Aldrich/Supelco publication T413034
Legal Information SPB is a registered trademark of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC, Supel is a trademark of Sigma-Aldrich Co. LLC, FocusLiner is a trademark of SGE Analytical Science Pty Ltd.
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suitability application for GC, application for SPE


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