Determination of alkylphenols in eluates from pyrolysis solid residues using dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction

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Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was applied for the determination of 11 alkylphenols in eluates of chars produced in the co-pyrolysis of different wastes.The optimized DLLME procedure, 4. mL of sample solution, 15μL of trichloroethylene as extraction solvent, 1. mL of acetone as dispersion solvent and addition of 15% (w/v) of NaCl, was validated. Under the optimum conditions, the enrichment factors were in the range of 82-180. Calibration curves were constructed for each analyte in pure water in the concentration range of 0.5-8μg/L with correlation coefficients higher than 0.999. The limits of detection were between 0.07 and 0.17μg/L. The repeatability of the method was evaluated using water samples fortified with the analyte mixture at two concentration levels: the relative standard deviation (RSD) values were between 3.7% and 8.0% for a concentration of 0.5μg/L, and between 4.2% and 6.4% for a concentration of 3μg/L. The recoveries of the analytes evaluated by fortification of real eluate samples were in the range of 67.9-97.9% for eluate 1 (obtained from a decontaminated char) and in the range of 61.9-101.4% for eluate 2 (obtained from the untreated char). o-Methylphenol presented low recoveries for both eluates showing a possible matrix effect. The results obtained show that this method is adequate for the determination of alkylphenols in environmental aqueous samples and presents itself as a fast and inexpensive technique, using minor amounts of organic solvents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1026-1032
Number of pages7
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2010


  • Alkylphenols
  • Dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction
  • Environmental aqueous samples
  • Pyrolysis residues


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