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Determination of Phenols and Phenates in Disinfectant Formulations by Liquid Chromatography with UV Detection: Collaborative Study

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Fourteen collaborating laboratories assayed o-phenylphenol (OPP), p-t-amylphenol (PTAP), and o-benzyl-p-chlorophenol (OBPCP) in formulated products, both ready-to-use and concentrates, by RP-HPLC. The actives in the samples ranged from 0.03 to 11% OPP, 0.06 to 4% PTAP, and 0.07 to 10% OBPCP either in free forms or as salts. Seven blind duplicates were analyzed. The samples were diluted/extracted with acidified methanol, filtered, and analyzed by LC on a C18 column using gradient elution and UV detection at 285 nm. The concentration of the active ingredients was calculated from a standard curve. Each laboratory weighed each test sample twice within a single analytical run. The data were analyzed using all 14 laboratory results, with appropriate statistical tests to detect outliers. The repeatability RSDs ranged from 0.98 to 3.40% for the free phenols, and 1.26 to 2.51% for the salts. The reproducibility RSDs ranged from 5.31 to 7.80% for the free phenols, and 5.50 to 8.67% for the salts. The HorRat ranged from 0.86 to 2.17 for the free phenols, and 1.54 to 2.72 for the salts.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2012-03-01

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  • The Journal of AOAC INTERNATIONAL publishes refereed papers and reviews in the fields of chemical, biological and toxicological analytical chemistry for the purpose of showcasing the most precise, accurate and sensitive methods for analysis of foods, food additives, supplements and contaminants, cosmetics, drugs, toxins, hazardous substances, pesticides, feeds, fertilizers and the environment available at that point in time. The scope of the Journal includes unpublished original research describing new analytical methods, techniques and applications; improved approaches to sampling, both in the field and the laboratory; better methods of preparing samples for analysis; collaborative studies substantiating the performance of a given method; statistical techniques for evaluating data. The Journal will also publish other articles of general interest to its audience, e.g., technical communications; cautionary notes; comments on techniques, apparatus, and reagents.
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