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Simultaneous gas chromatographic-mass spectrometric quantitation of the alkylbenzene inert components, pesticide manufacturing by-products and active ingredient in two malathion formulations.
Lin-YW; Que Hee-SS
J Chromatogr A 1998 Jul; 814(1-2):181-186
A rapid, reliable and effective method for direct determination of the inert components, manufacturing by-products of the pesticide, and active ingredient in two malathion formulations has been established using capillary gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) with the internal standard method. The C2-, C3-, and C4-alkylbenzenes, the major pesticide manufacturing by-products (O,O,S-trimethylthionophosphate, diethyl maleate and O,O,O-trimethylthionophosphate), and malathion were resolved, and quantified in the same chromatogram. Structural identification was based on MS total ion current data, comparison of GC retention times with those of authentic standards, and retention indices. O,O,S-Trimethylthionophosphate was quantified at 3.57 +/- 0.31% (w/w) in one malathion formulation. While the malathion contents were within specifications for both formulations, the total alkylbenzene contents were not.
Gas-chromatography; Mass-spectrometry; Pesticides; Pesticide-industry; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Benzenes; Organo-phosphorus-pesticides; Organo-phosphorus-compounds
Department of Environmental Health Sciences and UCLA Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UCLA School of Public Health, 10833 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772, USA
Issue of Publication
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
Journal of Chromatography A
University of California, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Los Angeles, California
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division