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Characterization of phenol and alkyl phenols in organic matrixes with monoethylene glycol extraction and multidimensional gas chromatography/mass spectrometry

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Luong, J and Gras, R and Cortes, HJ and Shellie, RA, Characterization of phenol and alkyl phenols in organic matrixes with monoethylene glycol extraction and multidimensional gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, Analytical Chemistry, 85, (13) pp. 6219-6223. ISSN 0003-2700 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society

DOI: doi:10.1021/ac400981z

Abstract

The use of monoethylene glycol as an extraction medium for removing phenol and alkyl phenols in organic matrixes such as hydrocarbons is introduced and combined with a practical analytical multidimensional gas chromatography approach. The analytical approach has been successfully developed for the characterization of phenol, cresols, xylenols, and alkyl phenols like 4-ethylphenol and 2,3,5-trimethylphenol. The technique employs a single-step extraction of the analytes with monoethylene glycol and sonication, followed by multidimensional gas chromatography with mass spectrometry in selected ion monitoring mode for the detection and quantitation. Extraction efficiency of phenol approached 100% while cresols, xylenols, and 4-ethylphenol were 97% or higher and 2,3,5-trimethylphenol was better than 91% under the analytical conditions used. With the technique described, a complete analysis can be conducted in less than 16 min. Reproducibility of area counts at two levels, namely, 5 ppmw and 50 ppmw over a period of 2 days were found to be less than 4% (n = 20). The analytes of interest was found to be linear over a range from 100 ppbw to 250 ppmw with correlation coefficient of at least 0.999 and detection limit of 50 ppbw. Spike recoveries from 500 ppbw to 250 ppmw for all analytes range from 96 to 102%.

Item Details

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
Author:Luong, J (Mr Jim Luong)
Author:Cortes, HJ (Dr Hernan Cortes)
Author:Shellie, RA (Associate Professor Robert Shellie)
ID Code:85925
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:7
Deposited By:Austn Centre for Research in Separation Science
Deposited On:2013-08-15
Last Modified:2014-05-08
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