Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry

, Volume 21, Issue 11, pp 1918–1921

Dioxin analysis by gas chromatography-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (GC-FTICRMS)

  • Vince Y. Taguchi
  • Robert J. Nieckarz
  • Ray E. Clement
  • Stefan Krolik
  • Robert Williams
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jasms.2010.07.010

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Taguchi, V.Y., Nieckarz, R.J., Clement, R.E. et al. J Am Soc Mass Spectrom (2010) 21: 1918. doi:10.1016/j.jasms.2010.07.010

Abstract

The feasibility of utilizing a gas chromatograph-tandem quadrupole-Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (GC-MS/MS-FTICRMS) to analyze chlorinated-dioxins/furans (CDDs/CDFs) and mixed halogenated dioxins/furans (HDDs/HDFs) was investigated by operating the system in the GC-FTICRMS mode. CDDs/CDFs and mixed HDDs/HDFs could be analyzed at 50,000 to 100,000 resolving power (RP) on the capillary gas Chromatographic time scale. Initial experiments demonstrated that 1 pg of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzop-dioxin (TCDD) and 5 pg of 2-bromo-3,7,8-trichlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (BTrCDD) could be detected. The feasibility of utilizing an FTICRMS for screening of CDDs/CDFs, HDDs/HDFs and related compounds was also investigated by analyzing an extract from vegetation exposed to fall-out from an industrial fire. CDDs/CDFs, chlorinated pyrenes and chlorinated tetracenes could be detected from a Kendrick plot analysis of the ultrahigh resolution mass spectra. Mass accuracies were of the order of 0.5 ppm on standards with external mass calibration and 1 ppm on a sample with internal mass calibration.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vince Y. Taguchi
    • 1
  • Robert J. Nieckarz
    • 2
  • Ray E. Clement
    • 1
  • Stefan Krolik
    • 3
  • Robert Williams
    • 4
  1. 1.Ministry of the EnvironmentLaboratory Services BranchTorontoCanada
  2. 2.ETH Hönggerberg ZürichSwitzerland
  3. 3.IonMass ConsultingMontrealCanada
  4. 4.Varian Inc.Walnut CreekUSA

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