A novel sampler for alkanolamines and a new method for determination using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry
2014 (English)In: Annals of Occupational Hygiene, ISSN 0003-4878, E-ISSN 1475-3162Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
A novel sampler for determination of airborne alkanolamines is presented using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography (HILIC) with tandem mass spectrometry (MSMS). The sampler consisted of a denuder comprising a polypropylene tube (length = 7 cm, ID = 0.8 cm) with an inner wall coated with a glass fibre filter and internal glass fibre filter strip folded into a ‘V’ to increase the denuder surface coupled in series with a 13 mm glass fibre filter. Sulphuric acid was used for impregnation of all the filters.
Electrospray ionisation and multiple-reaction monitoring (MRM) of the protonated molecular ions and corresponding deuterium-labelled internal standards resulted in selective quantifications with linear correlation coefficients > 0.992, instrumental precision (n = 16) of < 6 % and detection limits of 5.1 – 48 pg for ethanol amine (EA), n-propanol amine (NPA), isopropanol amine (IPA), dimethylethanol amine (DMEA), diethanol amine (DEA), diethylethanol amine (DEEA), methyldiethanol amine (MDEA), diisopropanol amine (DIPA) and triethanolamine (TEA).
The performance of the sampler was investigated by sampling a standard atmosphere of EA, IPA, DMEA, DEEA and MDEA (0.03-6.1 mg m-3) in an exposure chamber (0.3 m3). The air concentrations of the amines were generated by liquid phase membrane permeation.
The extraction recovery for spiked samplers (10 μg) was in the range 93-106 %. The precision when sampling three series of ten samplers each was in the range 2.1-4.8 %. No breakthrough was observed from the sampler when sampling during 60 min using four sets of two samplers in sequence at a flow rate of 0.2 L min-1. A minor breakthrough was observed for DEEA and DMEA at 0.8 L min-1 and the collection efficiencies were > 99.4 %. The distribution of the alkanolamines in the sampler was studied by dissection of the denuders (into eight parts) for two different flow rates (0.2 and 1.1 L min-1). The first parts of the denuder collected the highest amount of alkanolamines, which then declined throughout the remaining parts. It was observed that the denuder was too short to collect all the gas phase alkanolamines and the presence of the end filter was necessary for efficient collection. No effect was observed on the collection efficiency when samplers were stored for up to 45 days prior sampling. No degradation of the alkanolamines on the sampler was observed when exposed samplers were stored for up to 45 days. When sampling DMEA and DEEA, over a period of 0.5 - 8 h (n = 6), linear relationships were obtained with correlation coefficients > 0.998. Using sampling flow rates of 0.05 - 0.8 L min−1, linear relationships were obtained with correlation coefficients > 0.974. Pre- or post-exposure to ambient air for up to 10 h at 25 °C or 50 °C did not affect the sampler performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Alkanolamines, Hydrophilic Interaction Liquid Chromatography, HILIC, dry sampling, liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry, Denuder, filter, sampler
Research subject Analytical Chemistry
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-93918OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-93918DiVA: diva2:651120