Journal of chromatography. A

Pressurized solvent extraction followed by gas chromatography tandem mass spectrometry for the determination of benzotriazole light stabilizers in indoor dust.

PMID 20435314


A novel and sensitive method for the determination of five benzotriazole compounds (commonly used as light stabilizers) in indoor dust is presented. Pressurized liquid extraction (PLE) and gas chromatography followed by tandem in time mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) were used as sample preparation and determination techniques, respectively. Extraction and clean-up were integrated on-line and, after an evaporative concentration step, the extract provided by the PLE instrument was injected directly in the GC-MS/MS system. Parameters affecting the performance of the sample preparation process were evaluated using experimental factorial designs. Under optimized conditions, analytes were recovered from 0.5g samples in 3 static extraction cycles of 10min, using a hexane:dichloromethane (7:3) mixture, at 90 degrees C. Silica (1g) was placed in the bottom of the extraction cells as clean-up sorbent. The recoveries of the method varied from 82 to 122%, with standard deviations below 13. The inter-day precision ranged from 9 to 12%, and the limits of quantification (LOQs) remained below 10ngg(-1) for all species. For the first time, four of the five investigated species were found in dust from indoor environments. Their mean concentrations ranged from 71 to 780ngg(-1).

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