Gas chromatography-ion trap detector (GC-ITD) was used to detect atmospheric triazines and their degradation products in the gaseous and particulate phases. Because triazines and their metabolites are expected to be present at very low concentrations and enclosed in the complex atmospheric matrix, the analytical method used was both highly selective and sensitive. These two properties were obtained by associating chromatography with ion trap tandem mass spectrometry (GC-ITD (MS/MS)). To develop this method, a comparison between the two ionization modes (electron impact and positive-chemical-ionisation) in single-MS was first conducted to choose the parent ions of the five target analytes, i.e. atrazine, desethylatrazine, deisopropylatrazine, terbuthylazine and desethylterbuthylazine. Then, a MS/MS method was optimised by parameters such as the radio frequency storage level and the collision-induced dissociation excitation voltage. Finally, a last step enabled the development of a calibrating program based on the quantification of daughter ions. With this analytical procedure, the detection limits varied between 0.8 and 15 pg m-3 depending on the compounds under study. This method was tested with success for four atmospheric samples collected in Strasbourg (France) in which four of the five target compounds were detected. Copyright (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd.
- Gas chromatography
- Ion trap tandem mass spectrometry
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis