Dec 7, 2007

Analysis of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, xylenes and n-aldehydes in melted snow water via solid-phase dynamic extraction combined with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry

Journal of Chromatography. a
Karsten SiegWilhelm Püttmann


The present study describes a method based on headspace-solid-phase dynamic extraction (HS-SPDE) followed by GC/MS for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, o-, m- and p-xylene (BTEX), and n-aldehydes (C(6)-C(10)) in water. To enhance the extraction capability of the HS-SPDE a new cooling device was tested that controls the temperature of the SPDE needle during extraction. Extraction and desorption parameters such as the number of extraction cycles, extraction temperature, desorption volume and desorption flow rate have been optimized. Detection limits for BTEX ranged from 19 ng/L (benzene) to 30 ng/L (m/p-xylene), while those for n-aldehydes ranged from 21 ng/L (n-heptanal) to 63 ng/L (n-hexanal). At a concentration level of 2 microg/L, the relative standard deviations (RSDs) for BTEX ranged from 3.9% (benzene) to 15.3% (ethylbenzene), while RSDs for n-aldehydes were between 6.1% (n-octanal) and 16.5% (n-hexanal) (n=7). Best results were obtained when the analyzed water samples were heated to 50 degrees C. At a water temperature of 70 degrees C GC responses decreased for all analyzed compounds. At a defined water temperature, a significant improvement of the GC response was achieved by co...Continue Reading

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