On-line anion exchange solid-phase extraction coupled to liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection to determine quinolones in water and human urine
Francisco J. Lara, Monsalud del Olmo-Iruela, Ana M. García-Campaña
Journal of Chromatography A
An analytical method based on on-line solid-phase extraction coupled to liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection has been developed to determine quinolones in tap water and human urine. A home-made setup was used to percolate 10 mL of sample through a solid-phase extraction column. Analytes were retained onto the sorbent by an anion exchange mechanism which ensures an optimum compatibility with the subsequent chromatographic separation. A C-18 column containing core-shell particles (2.6 μm) was used to achieve peak efficiencies up to 200,000 plates/m, at a flow rate of 1.2 mL/min and without the need for special pumps. The method allowed the determination of 11 quinolones directly in tap water samples in less than 20 min and with limits of detection ranging between 7 and 110 ng/L. The sensitivity achieved made possible the direct determination of 9 quinolones in human urine without any sample treatment, just dilution with water. Relative recoveries between 94 and 109% were obtained meaning that the matrix effect in human urine is negligible after dilution. Satisfactory results were also obtained in terms of precision since relative standard deviations were always below 13%.
HPLC, On-line solid-phase extraction, Quinolones, Fluorescence, Water, Urine