Author(s): CarabiasMartnez R, RodrguezGonzalo E, MirandaCruz E, DomnguezAlvarez J, HernndezMndez J
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Abstract A method of capillary electrophoresis (CE) for the determination of triazine herbicides and some of their main metabolites in water samples has been developed. The proposed CE method includes an off-line solid-phase extraction (SPE) procedure with LiChrolut EN sorbent coupled to a non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE) separation with UV detection. The target compounds were the chloro-s-triazines simazine, atrazine, propazine; the methyltio-s-triazines ametryn and prometryn and three main derivatives from the atrazine degradation products; namely, deethylatrazine, deethylhydroxyatrazine and deisopropylhydroxyatrazine. The analytical characteristics of the CE method are reported. The repeatability of the method was studied considering the different steps of the method separately in order to determine the contributions of each step to the total variability of the method. The NACE-UV results are compared with those obtained with a high performance liquid chromatography with UV detection (HPLC-UV) method. The same off-line SPE procedure was applied to both techniques. The results obtained show that both methods afford the same results in the analysis of surface and drinking water samples, with a level of significance regarding the F- and t-tests greater than 0.05 in all the cases. The detection limits in surface water samples were in the 0.04-0.32 microg l(-1) and 0.11-1.2 microg l(-1) ranges for the NACE-UV and HPLC-UV methods, respectively. The recoveries (spiked/found) were significantly 100\% in all cases.
This article was published in J Chromatogr A
and referenced in Journal of Chromatography & Separation Techniques