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Analysis of fresh and aged tea tree essential oils by using GCxGC-qMS


Tranchida, PQ and Shellie, RA and Purcaro, G and Conte, LS and Dugo, P and Dugo, G and Mondello, L, Analysis of fresh and aged tea tree essential oils by using GCxGC-qMS, Journal of Chromatographic Science, 48, (4) pp. 262-266. ISSN 0021-9665 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/chromsci/48.4.262


The present research is focused on the qualitative elucidation of the chemical profile of fresh tea tree essential oil and an oxidized, aged (circa 1984) counterpart by using the most powerful analytical tool available today for volatile analysis, namely comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC¡ÁGC) in combination with a mass spectrometer (MS). The rapid-scanning quadrupole (q) MS system employed generated a sufficient number of spectra/s (20/s) for the reliable identification of the high-speed GC¡ÁGC peaks. The total ion current GC¡ÁGC-qMS chromatogram of the fresh product was characterized by the presence of ~ 130 unknowns. Among these, 61 peaks were assigned with spectral similarities ¡Ý 90%, while 28 components presented MS library matches in the 80-89% range. With regards to the oxidized essential oil, about 180 volatiles were visible on the 2D plane with 63 of these characterized by library ¡°hits¡± ¡Ý 90% and 45 presenting similarities within the 80-89% range. The use of the enhanced-resolution 3D methodology enabled the full separation of the samples analyzed and, hence, a clear distinction between the essential oils.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Analytical chemistry
Research Field:Separation science
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Shellie, RA (Professor Robert Shellie)
ID Code:63187
Year Published:2010
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (DP0771893)
Web of Science® Times Cited:29
Deposited By:Austn Centre for Research in Separation Science
Deposited On:2010-04-19
Last Modified:2011-05-04
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