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ABSTRACT: In this paper, a novel and recyclable amino-functionalized nano-composite material (NCM) using tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA) as a coupling agent was synthesized. The properties of the TEPA-NCM were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared analysis (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and elemental analysis (EA). An effective dispersive solid-phase extraction (dSPE) procedure using the TEPA-NCM was developed, and comparative studies were carried out among Carbon/NH₂ SPE, primary secondary amine (PSA) dSPE and TEPA-NCM dSPE. The results showed that TEPA-NCM dSPE was faster, easier and more effective to clean and enrich than the Carbon/NH₂ cartridges, and the TEPA-NCM was much more effective to remove the pigments in vegetable samples than the PSA materials. The TEPA-NCM could be reused at least five times without much sacrifice of the cleanup efficiency. Furthermore, a gas chromatography-triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-QqQ-MS/MS) method was established for the simultaneous determination of 29 pesticides (such as organochlorine and organophosphorus pesticides) in vegetables by dSPE using acetonitrile as an extraction solvent and TEPA-NCM as an adsorbent instead of PSA. The recoveries were in the range of 75-114% for all analytes except for trans-chlordane. The RSDs were in the range of 2-17%. The linearities were in the range of 0.4-100.0 μg/kg with determination coefficients (r²) higher than 0.986 for all compounds. The limits of detection (LODs) for all pesticides were less than 0.29 μg/kg and the limits of quantification (LOQs) were between 0.17 and 0.95 μg/kg. The developed method was applied to fifteen real vegetable samples, and it was confirmed that the TEPA-NCM was one of a kind of highly effective dSPE materials used for the pesticides analyses.
Journal of Chromatography A 08/2011; 1218(33):5568-80. DOI:10.1016/j.chroma.2011.06.090