Journal of agricultural and food chemistry

Novel fluorescence detection of free radicals generated in photolysis of fenvalerate.

PMID 18983159


Photoinduced decarboxylation via homolytic cleavage of the ester linkage generating two benzyl radicals being recoupled is known to be a major photolytic pathway of the insecticide fenvalerate in aqueous or organic solvents. A highly sensitive and selective fluorescence spectroscopic method was applied to detect these radicals generated under xenon lamp irradiation in organic solvents and aqueous acetonitrile solutions. The short-lived radicals were efficiently trapped by the nitroxide free radical having a primary amino group, and the resultant diamagnetic adducts were instantaneously derivatized with fluorescamine as a fluorescent probe. The highly fluorescent derivatives were successfully separated and detected by a reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography equipped with a fluorescence detector, and their structures were individually identified by liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry.