Methods for trace analysis of atrazine and simazine in water have been developed by using stable-isotope dilution with detection by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. D5-Atrazine was used as the internal standard for the determination of atrazine and deethylatrazine, while 13C3-simazine was used for simazine analysis. Water samples were fortified with known amounts of the internal standards and submitted to solid-phase extraction with a C18 bonded-silica cartridge. A gas chromatograph coupled with an ion-trap mass spectrometer was used to analyze the water sample extracts. Method detection limits were 38 parts-per-trillion (ppt) for atrazine and deethylatrazine and 75 ppt for simazine. The accuracy of the method, represented by relative analytical errors, was less than 15%, and the method precision was less than 5% (relative standard deviation, n=9). The method was successfully applied to analyze surface water samples collected from a reservoir and a river at ppt levels.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry|
|Publication status||Published - 2003|
Scopus Subject Areas
- Analytical Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry