Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 23(2), 189 (2007).

Comparison of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotubes and a Conventional Absorbent on the Enrichment of Sulfonylurea Herbicides in Water Samples
Qingxiang ZHOU,* Junping XIAO,** and Weidong WANG*
*School of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences, Henan Normal University, Henan Key Laboratory for Environmental Pollution Control, Xinxiang 453007, P. R. China
**Department of Chemistry, University of Science and Technology Beijing, Beijing 100083, P. R. China
Recently, multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) have been at the center of attention because of their applications in many fields. Efforts to investigate the possibility of MWCNTs as SPE absorbents for the enrichment of environmental pollutants yielded positive results. The goal of the present work was to compare the enrichment power of MWCNTs with that of regular adsorbents, such as C18 silica for SPE of five sulfonylurea herbicides. The results indicated that multiwalled carbon nanotubes were very suitable for the preconcentration of sulfonylurea herbicides in complex water samples, yielding better recoveries. C18 gave a lightly lower enrichment performance, and could not enrich nicosulfuron in complex samples. All of these experimental results indicated that multiwalled carbon nanotubes could be used as a valuable alternative adsorbent for the SPE of sulfonylurea herbicides in many real water samples.