Spectrochimica acta. Part A, Molecular and biomolecular spectroscopy

Kinetic method for determination of ascorbic acid on flow injection system by using its catalytic effect on the complexation reaction of an ultra sensitive colorimetric reagent of porphyrin with Cu(II).

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A kinetic method performed on a flow injection system is described for the determination of ascorbic acid by using its catalytic effect on the complexation reaction of Cu(II) with 5,10,15,20-tetrakis(4-N-trimethyl-aminophenyl)porphyrin. The characteristic spectrum of porphyrin (Soret band), which shows intense absorption around 400 nm (epsilon>2.0 x 10(5) cm(-1)M(-1)), was used first time for determining ascorbic acid. By incorporating the complexation reaction into a flow injection system, ascorbic acid could be determined either over a broad dynamic range of 0.1-1000 microg/ml or at a trace level below 5 ng/ml. Good repeatability was also achieved by testing a working standard of 0.1 microg/ml with 10 injections at a throughput of 35 h(-1), obtaining a relative standard deviation of 0.11%. Substances like amino acids, vitamins, sugars, organic acids and metal ions, showed no or little interference even present at high concentrations. The method was validated in the determination of ascorbic acid contents of some commercially available soft drinks by comparison with the official 2,6-dichloroindophenol method with reasonable agreement.

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