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Application of bar adsorptive microextraction to determine trace organic micro-pollutants in environmental water matrices

Ahmad, Samir M., Ide, Alessandra H., Neng, Nuno R., Nogueira, José Manuel F.
International journal of environmental analytical chemistry 2017 v.97 no.5 pp. 484-498
European Union, desorption, diclofenac, drugs, estradiol, groundwater, high performance liquid chromatography, microextraction, models, monitoring, pollutants, polymers, rivers, steroid hormones, water policy
The present work proposes the application of bar adsorptive micro-extraction (BAµE) coated with an N-vinylpyrrolidone polymer (NVP) combined with micro-liquid desorption (200 µL) followed by high-performance liquid chromatography with diode array detection (BAµE(NVP)-µLD/HPLC-DAD) for the determination of trace levels of emerging organic micro-pollutants in environmental water matrices. The model compounds selected include an antibacterial/antifungal agent (triclosan), two pharmaceuticals (carbamazepine and diclofenac) and two steroid hormones (17α-ethinylestradiol and 17β-estradiol), in which the latter three were recently included in the European Union watch list of substances to be monitored in the field of water policy. Assays performed on 25 mL of ultrapure water samples spiked at the 8.0 µg L ⁻¹ level yielded average recoveries ranging from 81.9 to 102.4% for the compounds studied using optimised experimental conditions. The proposed analytical methodology demonstrated suitable detection limits (0.02–0.10 µg L ⁻¹) and good linear dynamic ranges (0.1–20.0 µg L ⁻¹) with determination coefficients higher than 0.9909. Using the standard addition method (SAM), the present analytical approach was applied on environmental water matrices, including surface, sea, river and groundwaters. The proposed method proved to be a suitable and alternative sorption-based static micro-extraction technique for monitoring trace levels of organic micro-pollutants in environmental water matrices.