Quantification of trace fenuron in waste water samples by matrix matching calibration strategy and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry after simultaneous derivatization and preconcentration

Oflu S., ERARPAT S., Zaman B. T., Eroğlu K., GÜNKARA Ö. T., BAKIRDERE S., ...More

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, vol.195, no.9, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 195 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10661-023-11575-1
  • Journal Name: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, ABI/INFORM, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aqualine, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Compendex, EMBASE, Environment Index, Food Science & Technology Abstracts, Geobase, Greenfile, Pollution Abstracts, Public Affairs Index, Veterinary Science Database, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: Derivatization, Fenuron, Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, Spraying-based fine droplet formation–liquid phase microextraction, Wastewater
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This study presents a highly sensitive and accurate analytical strategy for the determination of fenuron in wastewater samples using gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Simultaneous derivatization and spray-based fine droplet formation–liquid phase microextraction (SFDF-LPME) method was developed and performed to achieve low detection limits. The parameters of the derivatization and SFDF-LPME method were optimized by univariate approach to improve sensitivity and selectivity. Under the optimum SFDF-LPME-GC-MS conditions, the limit of detection (LOD) and limit of quantitation (LOQ) were found to be 0.15 and 0.49 mg/kg, respectively. In addition, the linear range was calculated as 0.51–24.50 mg/kg. Recovery studies were carried out on wastewater samples to determine the accuracy of the developed method and its applicability to real sample matrix. Matrix matching calibration strategy was applied to eliminate/reduce any possible interference effects caused by the complexity of the wastewater matrix and to increase the accuracy of the analytical results. Percent recovery results varied between 85.9 and 120.9% with small percent relative standard deviation values. These results were satisfactory in terms of the accuracy and applicability of the proposed method for wastewater samples.