Anaerobic water samples containing levels of soluble Fe(II) may form insoluble Fe(III) particulates that could hinder subsequent extraction and analysis. Solid-phase extraction (SPE) cartridges could become blocked by this material, reducing the volume that can be processed. The ability of ascorbic acid to reduce these Fe(III) colloids and/or to prevent further oxidation of Fe(II) by dissolved oxygen during sampling was investigated and compared to sample stabilization with hydrochloric acid. Ascorbic acid (5%, w/v) proved the most effective treatment because it prevented 95% of the dissolved iron in the sample from precipitating during processing, compared to 40% in untreated samples. The effect of ascorbic acid addition on degradation of 2 rice pesticides, fipronil and thiobencarb, was investigated and compared to degradation rates in water. Pesticide reduction by ascorbic acid over a 3 h period was insignificant compared to the natural degradation occurring in deionized water. While this method was shown to increase sample processing time, it also allowed the processing of large-volume anaerobic water samples (150 mL) that were previously not extractable due to rapid obstruction of the SPE cartridge.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of AOAC International|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|