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J Chromatogr A. 2003 Feb 21;988(1):161-5.

Determination of organic acids in tobacco by capillary isotachophoresis.

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Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemical and Food Technology, Radlinského 9, 812 37 Bratislava, Slovak Republic.

Abstract

Nine organic acids and phosphate have been separated and quantified in tobacco by capillary isotachophoresis. Two operating systems for the separation were found: hydrochloric acid (10 mmol l(-1)) adjusted with beta-alanine to pH 2.9 plus 0.1% poly(vinylpyrrolidone) was used as the leading electrolyte and 10 mmol l(-1) nicotinic acid as the terminating electrolyte and hydrochloric acid (10 mmol l(-1)) including 5.5 mmol l(-1) 1,3-bis[tris(hydroxymethyl)methylamino]propane plus 0.1% poly(vinylpyrrolidone) was used as the leading electrolyte and 5 mmol l(-1) 2-morpholinoethanesulfonic acid as the terminating electrolyte. Linearity was observed from 0.008 to 0.100 mmol l(-1) with a coefficient of determination (r2) of 0.999. The separation of anions was achieved in less than 16 min. The minimal sample pretreatment and relatively low running cost make isotachophoresis a good alternative to existing methods.

PMID:
12647831
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