In-syringe micro solid-phase extraction method for the separation and preconcentration of parabens in environmental water samples

Geaneth Pertunia Mashile, Anele Mpupa, Philiswa Nosizo Nomngongo

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In this study, a simple, rapid and effective in-syringe micro-solid phase extraction (MSPE) method was developed for the separation and preconcetration of parabens (methyl, ethyl, propyl and butyl paraben) in environmental water samples. The parabens were determined and quantified using high performance liquid chromatography and a photo diode array detector (HPLC-PDA). Chitosan-coated activated carbon (CAC) was used as the sorbent in the in-syringe MSPE device. A response surface methodology based on central composite design was used for the optimization of factors (eluent solvent type, eluent volume, number of elution cycles, sample volume, sample pH) affecting the extraction efficiency of the preconcentration procedure. The adsorbent used displayed excellent absorption performance and the adsorption capacity ranged from 227-256 mg g-1. Under the optimal conditions the dynamic linear ranges for the parabens were between 0.04 and 380 μg L-1. The limits of detection and quantification ranged from 6-15 ng L-1 and 20-50 ng L-1, respectively. The intraday (repeatability) and interday (reproducibility) precisions expressed as relative standard deviations (%RSD) were below 5%. Furthermore, the in-syringe MSPE/HPLC procedure was validated using spiked wastewater and tap water samples and the recoveries ranged between from 96.7 to 107%. In conclusion, CAC based in-syringe MSPE method demonstrated great potential for preconcentration of parabens in complex environmental water.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1450
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • In-syringe micro solid-phase extraction
  • Parabens
  • Personal care products
  • Response surface methodology
  • Wastewater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Drug Discovery
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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