, Volume 57, Issue 5–6, pp 369–378 | Cite as

Development and validation of a solid-phase microextraction method for the analysis of volatile organic compounds in groundwater samples

  • A. Alonso
  • M. A. Fernández-Torroba
  • M. T. Tena
  • B. Pons
Originals Gas Chromatography


Solid-phase microextraction is a relatively recent extraction technique for sample preparation. It has been used successfully to analyse environmental pollutants in a variety of matrices such as soils, water and air. In this work, a simple and rapid method for the analysis of volatile organic and polar compounds from polluted groundwater samples by SPME coupled with gas chromatography (GC) is described. Different types of fibres were studied and the extraction process was optimised. The fibre that proved to be the best to analyse this kind of samples was CAR-PDMS. The method was validated by analysis of synthetic samples and comparison with headspace—GC. The optimised method was successfully applied to the analysis of ground-water samples.

Key Words

Gas chromatography Solid-phase microextraction Volatile organic compounds Environmental analysis Groundwater 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Alonso
    • 1
  • M. A. Fernández-Torroba
    • 1
  • M. T. Tena
    • 1
  • B. Pons
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Centro Científico TecnológicoUniversidad de La RiojaLogroño (La Rioja)Spain

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