Fully Automated Dynamic In-Syringe Liquid-Phase Microextraction and On-Column Derivatization of Carbamate Pesticides with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometric Analysis
journal contributionposted on 01.09.2011, 00:00 by Jingyi Lee, Hian Kee Lee
A new fully automated dynamic in-syringe liquid-phase microextraction (LPME) and on-column derivatization approach, with gas chromatography/mass spectrometric (GC/MS) analysis, was developed to determine carbamate pesticides from water samples. With the use of a CTC CombiPal autosampler and its associated Cycle Composer software, a sample preparation-GC/MS method was enabled that allowed sample extraction, extract injection, and analyte derivatization to be carried out completely automatically. Optimization of extraction parameters was carried out by orthogonal array design which required a minimum of 16 experiments; the entire set of experiments was performed completely automatically and consecutively without any human intervention. Low limits of detection ranging from 0.05 to 0.1 μg/L were achieved for the carbamates. Effective enrichment of the analytes at a low concentration of 0.01 mg/L was also achieved (enrichment factors of between 57 and 138). The precision of the optimized method was satisfactory, with relative standard deviations of <6.0% (n = 6). High relative recoveries of between 81 and 125% were obtained when the method was applied to the analysis of real water samples, indicating that the sample matrix had little effect on the developed method. This automated dynamic in-syringe LPME approach demonstrated the feasibility of a complete analytical system comprising sample preparation and GC/MS that might be operated onsite, fully automatically without human intervention.