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Innovative coupling of supercritical fluid extraction with ion mobility spectrometry

Jurado-Campos, Natividad, Carpio, Azahara, Zougagh, Mohammed, Arce, Lourdes, Arroyo-Manzanares, Natalia
Talanta 2018 v.188 pp. 637-643
benzene, cineole, essential oil crops, models, rosemary, soil sampling, sorbents, spectroscopy, supercritical fluid extraction, toluene
This paper describes a pioneer on-line hyphenation between a supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) and an ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) detector through a Tenax TA sorbent trap as retention interface. By means of a simple design, taking advantage of both techniques, this new coupling allows us to extract and preconcentrate analytes and in a second step to determine them. As result, an increase in the accuracy of the analytical process was achieved by elimination of sample transfer from one device to another. In addition, this new coupling reduces the time needed for the optimization of a new SFE method, since the detector can monitor on-line the efficiency of the extraction.The parameters affecting the coupling and its success have been studied in detail via the extraction of benzene and toluene from soil samples. Finally, the suitability of IMS as on-line detector to monitor compounds of industrial interest extracted by SFE was evaluated taking as a model, the extraction and detection of 1,8-cineole (eucalyptol) in rosemary aromatic plants, which could be extrapolated on an industrial scale.