Rapid Extraction and Analysis of PPCPs From Sediments by QuEChERS and Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) are routinely detected in a variety of aquatic environments and these compounds encompass a wide range of chemical and physical properties that contribute to their combined analytical screening challenges. Further examination of their accumulation throughout environmental samples that contain solids, including sediments, adds additional levels of analytical difficulties in their effective extraction and new sample matrix interferences. QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, and Safe) has become a very popular extraction and cleanup technique for the analysis of multiresidue pesticides in agricultural and food samples. Applying the same principles to overcome similar challenges in PPCP analysis in solid environmental samples is demonstrated in this article.