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Development and validation of QuEChERS-based extraction for quantification of nine micropollutants in wastewater treatment plant

Cavaillé, Laetitia and Kim, C. and Bounouba, M. and Zind, H. and Claparols, Catherine and Riboul, David and Pinelli, Eric and Albasi, Claire and Bessiere, Yolaine Development and validation of QuEChERS-based extraction for quantification of nine micropollutants in wastewater treatment plant. (2021) Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry. ISSN 1618-2642

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00216-021-03489-z


A modified quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged, and safe (QuEChERS) method was established for simultaneous quantification of eight pharmaceutical molecules (2-hydroxyibuprofen, diclofenac, ibuprofen, propranolol, ofloxacin, oxazepam, sulfamethoxazole, carbamazepine) and caffeine in environmental matrices. Analysis was performed by ultra-high-performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS-MS). Quantification was performed by using the 13C internal standard method for each molecule. Two methods were firstly optimized on freeze-dried waste activated sludge and then applied and validated on real complex matrices, which have contrasted physicochemical properties, i.e., clarified wastewater and primary sludge. The combination of acetate buffer with MgSO4 (protocol A) and citrate buffer with Na2SO4 (protocol B) was found necessary to recover the nine targeted compounds. Adding a higher salts quantity of Na2SO4 (protocol B) compared to MgSO4 (protocol A) is crucial to increase the ionic strength of the aqueous solution and to obtain comparable extraction recoveries of the targetedmolecules. Adding two times solvent volume to the aqueous phase leads to increased absolute recovery for all molecules and both protocols. After demonstration of the final protocol’s performance on the control matrix, its robustness was tested on the matrices of interest. As a result, the two proposed detection methods exhibit good reproducibility, high sensitivity, and high reliability.

Item Type:Article
HAL Id:hal-03303678
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique - INRA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Toulouse - INSA (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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