A rapid method for determining phenolic endocrine disrupters in water samples

ArticleinChromatographia 56(9):573-576 · October 2002with12 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.41 · DOI: 10.1007/BF02497672


    We have developed a method based on solid-phase extraction coupled on-line to liquid chromatography with UV detection (SPE-HPLC-UV)
    to determine bisphenol A and a group of alkylphenols, which have been recognized as endocrine disrupters (ED), in water samples.
    We optimized the conditions used for both SPE and the chromatography. The SPE-HPLC-UV method developed is rapid and it enables
    routine analysis. Its performance was checked with a variety of aqueous samples collected in the south of Catalonia from the
    Ebro river, from the sea, and from tapwater-and waste-water-treatment plants. Drinking water in plastic bottles was also analyzed.
    The method enabled determination of ED at low levels; the limits of detection were between 0.01 and 0.1 μg L−1. Bisphenol A and nonylphenol were dttected in some samples.