Dynamic layer-by-layer self-assembly of multi-walled carbon nanotubes on quartz wool for on-line separation of lysozyme in egg white.
ABSTRACT The multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) coated quartz wool (MWNTs/QW) prepared by dynamic layer-by-layer self-assembly was used as solid-phase extraction (SPE) absorbent for on-line separation and preconcentration of lysozyme in egg white. The coating procedures were performed continuously in a flow system operated by a set of sequential injection devices. The quartz wool was placed in a microcolumn forming a loose packing to guarantee the minimized flow impedance and the intimate contact between proteins and absorbent surface. Various parameters affecting SPE efficiency including the volume, pH, ionic strength and flow rate of sample and eluent were systematically studied. The feasibility of the proposed method was validated by successfully applied to the separation of lysozyme in egg white.
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ABSTRACT: Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are still awakening scientists' interest because of their inherent properties as well as their applications in a wide variety of fields. Regarding Analytical Chemistry, and although they have also been used as stationary phases in chromatography or pseudostationary phases in capillary electrophoresis, they have also found a particular place in sorbent-based extraction techniques. In fact, they are currently used as sorbents in solid-phase extraction, solid-phase microextraction, stir-bar sorptive extraction and matrix solid-phase dispersion, for analyte enrichment or storage, sample fractionation or clean-up as well as support for derivatization reactions. CNT surface is tuneable and, as a result, they can be suitably functionalized, aggregated or linked to other supports which increase their potential use as sorbents. They can also be arranged under different formats (cartridges, fibers, stir bars, disks, etc.) or even combined with magnetic nanoparticles, which clearly enlarge their applications. This review article overviews the most recent applications of CNTs as sorbent materials, covering the period from 2010 to early 2014.ChemInform 05/2014;