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J Anal Methods Chem. 2018 Feb 5;2018:9470254. doi: 10.1155/2018/9470254. eCollection 2018.

Development and Validation of Gas Chromatography-Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometric Method for Quantitative Determination of Regulated Plasticizers in Medical Infusion Sets.

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Western Seoul Center, Korea Basic Science Institute, Seoul 03759, Republic of Korea.
Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03759, Republic of Korea.
Department of Chemical Engineering and Material Science, Ewha Womans University, Seoul 03760, Republic of Korea.
Department of Health, Environment & Safety, Eulji University, Seongnam 13135, Republic of Korea.
Seoul Center, Korea Basic Science Institute, Seoul 02841, Republic of Korea.
Institute of Mine Reclamation Technology, Mine Reclamation Corporation, Wonju 26464, Republic of Korea.


A method for the quantitative determination of dibutyl phthalate (DBP), benzyl butyl phthalate (BBP), bis(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA), bis(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), di-n-octyl phthalate (DNOP), dioctyl terephthalate (DOTP), diisononyl phthalate (DINP), and diisodecyl phthalate (DIDP) in medical infusion sets was developed and validated using gas chromatography coupled with triple quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) in the multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) mode. Solvent extraction with polymer dissolution for sample preparation was employed prior to GC-MS/MS analysis. Average recoveries of the eight target analytes are typically in the range of 91.8-122% with the relative standard deviations of 1.8-17.8%. The limits of quantification (LOQs) of the analytical method were in the ranges of 54.1 to 76.3 ng/g. Analysis using GC-MS/MS provided reliable performance, as well as higher sensitivity and selectivity than GC-MS analysis, especially for the presence of minority plasticizers at different concentrations.

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