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Reference type: Journal
Authors: Ho WL, Lin TC, Liu YY, Chen JA
Article Title: Analysis of smoke PAHs from selected Taiwanese cigarettes by using molecular imprinting polymers.
Publication date: 2010
Journal: Journal of Environmental Science and Health Part A-Toxic/Hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Volume: 45
Issue: (2)
Page numbers: 211-223.
DOI: 10.1080/10934520903429907

Abstract: Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and their derivatives are common trace pollutants produced during incomplete combustion of organic substances, such as tobacco. After sampling cigarette smoke, PAH collators must undergo pretreatment processes such as extraction, cleanup and concentration before instrument analysis. This study combines molecular imprinted polymers (MIPs) and solid-phase extraction (SPE) to create a novel sample pretreatment technique. Experimental results demonstrate that MIPs have good selectivity for benz[a] pyrene (BaP) from a mixture of 16 PAH solvents. The MIPs were applied to a sample taken from mainstream smoke from a cigarette. Based on functional monomers and crosslinkers, this study investigated two groups of MIPs. After the template was removed, various tests, including capacity, selectivity, recovery, scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations and real environmental sample tests, were conducted. Experimental results show that MIP-1 is the best MIP, with a capacity of 20.78 +/- 1.7 (mu g/g), BaP selectivity and recovery exceeding 93%. In environmental sample tests, i.e., mainstream smoke from S and M brand cigarettes, 80% of BaP was absorbed by the MIP compared with absorbed by the filters. All experimental results suggest that MIPs effectively adsorbed BaP among 16 different PAHs, reduced background interference and increased signal resolution compared with traditional extraction techniques. Additionally, using MIPs for sample pretreatment is less time-consuming than traditional sample pretreatments and also reduces the amount of organic solvent used. Using molecular imprinted polymers solid extraction (MISPE) may separate target analytes from a complex sample more effectively than traditional Soxhlet extraction. Future toxicity tests should contribute to the understanding of toxic compounds emitted from specific pollution sources
Template and target information: PAH, polyaromatic hydrocarbon, benz[a] pyrene, BaP
Author keywords: molecular imprinted polymer, Solid-phase extraction, cigarette mainstream smoke, toxicity separation

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