Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 36(6), 675 (2020).

Rapid Determination of Parabens in Water Samples by Ultra-high Performance Liquid Chromatography Coupled to Time of Flight Mass Spectrometry
Mercedes BECERRA-HERRERA,* Valentina MIRANDA,** and Pablo RICHTER**
*Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Chile, P. O. Box 653, Santiago, Chile
**Department of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Chile, P. O. Box 233, Santiago, Chile
An analytical methodology has been developed and validated for the purpose of identifying and quantifying four parabens (methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and n-butylparaben) in water samples. The combination of rotating disk sorptive extraction (RDSE) technology with ultra-high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC), along with electrospray ionization source (ESI) and time of flight mass spectrometry (TOF/MS) in trap mode, allowed for eliminating derivatization processes and a reduction of the chromatographic time required, achieving a greener analytical method. In this method, detection limits and precision (%RSD) were lower than 0.018 μg L−1 and lower than 9.7% for all the parabens, respectively, being better than similar works. Matrix effect and absolute recoveries were studied in tap and sewage water samples to observe suppressions of the signals for all analytes, and absolute recoveries were around 60%. This methodology was applied to the analysis of two sewage samples (punctual and composite) obtained from locations in Santiago, Chile.