Author(s): Palmentier JP, Taguchi VY
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Abstract A method for the analysis of six taste and odour causing compounds in aqueous samples using the granular adsorbent, Ambersorb 572, and gas chromatography-high resolution mass spectrometry (GC-HRMS) has been developed. This method for the determination of geosmin, 2-methylisoborneol (2-MIB), 2-isopropyl-3-methoxypyrazine (IPMP), 2-isobutyl-3-methoxypyrazine (IBMP), 2,3,6-trichloroanisole (236-TCA) and 2,4,6-trichloroanisole (246-TCA) is highly productive [up to 40 samples per day + 23 quality control (QC) samples] and provides rapid (24-48 h) turnaround times. The analytes are extracted from water by the addition of Ambersorb 572 to the sample bottle and rolling for 1 h. The adsorbent is isolated by filtration and allowed to air dry for 1 h. The Ambersorb 572 is transferred to an autosampler vial and the analytes are desorbed into dichloromethane. The extract is analysed by GC-HRMS at 7000 resolving power (RP). Quantification is performed by isotope dilution and internal standard techniques utilizing d3-geosmin, d3-2-MIB, d5-246-TCA and 2-sec-butyl-3-methoxypyrazine (s-BMP). Method precisions of 3.5-5.8\% and accuracies of +/- 5.7-8.9\% were obtained. Reporting detection limits (RDLs) of 1.0 ng L-1 were obtained for 2-MIB, geosmin, IPMP and IBMP, while RDLs of 2.0 ng L-1 were obtained for 236-TCA and 246-TCA.
This article was published in Analyst
and referenced in Hydrology: Current Research