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Quantitative Solid-Phase Microextraction (SPME)–Raman Spectroscopy for the Detection of Trace Organics in Water

Volume 66, Number 12 (Dec. 2012) Page 1487-1491

IKECHUKWU C. NWANESHIUDU, QIUMING YU, and DANIEL T. SCHWARTZ*


Solid-phase microextraction (SPME) was used along with Raman spectroscopy to quantify the partitioning of trace organics into polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) matrices. PDMS has previously been utilized with SPME–Raman to pre-concentrate trace benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene, and xylene fuel components from contaminated water, thereby enhancing detected Raman signals. Here, we show that SPME can increase Raman signals more than two orders of magnitude for the compounds investigated. We also demonstrate the quantitative features of SPME–Raman by estimating PDMS–organic partition coefficients for benzene [log(K) = 1.90 ± 10] and toluene [log(K) = 2.35 ± 20] by using linear regression fits in the dilute limit of concentrations. The K values obtained are within the range of values obtained with other quantitative SPME techniques. The method was also used to characterize quinoline, a pyridine-based organic, which yielded reasonable K values [log(K) = 1.20 ± 20]. Combining PDMS-based SPME with a technique such as Raman spectroscopy potentially enhances optical detection methods used in microfluidic systems, wherein PDMS is a common material of construction.



Index Headings: Raman; SPME; Quantitative; BTEX; Partition; Coefficient.