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Simple and Sensitive Determination of 2,4-Xylenol in Surface Water Samples from River and Sea by Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry

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A simple and selective method was developed for determination of the concentration of 2,4-xylenol in river and sea water samples using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Trace amounts of 2,4-xylenol were collected in a Oasis HLB Plus cartridge, eluted with acetonitrile. The method detection limit of 2,4-xylenol was 1.4 ng/L. The trace peaks of 2,4-xylenol were found in water samples from the river and the sea, and the concentrations were all less than 1.4 ng/L. The nine peaks of the 2,3-, 2,4-, 2,5-, 2,6-, 3,4-, 3,5-xylenol, and o-, m-, p-ethyl phenol that gave the same m/z ratio were separated efficiently.

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This work was supported in part by grant-aid from the Ministry of the Environment of Japan.

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Tsukatani, H., Tobiishi, K. & Imasaka, T. Simple and Sensitive Determination of 2,4-Xylenol in Surface Water Samples from River and Sea by Gas Chromatography–Mass Spectrometry. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 82, 153–157 (2009). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00128-008-9594-3

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Keywords

  • 2,4-Xylenol
  • Gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS)
  • River water
  • Sea water