Molecularly imprinted polymer for analysis of trace atrazine herbicide in water

Pamornrat Kueseng, Mathieu Le Noir, Bo Mattiasson, Panote Thavarungkul, Proespichaya Kanatharana

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A molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for atrazine was synthesized by non-covalent method. The binding capacity of MIP was 1.00 mg g(-1) polymer. The selectivity and recovery were investigated with various pesticides which are mostly, found in the environment, for both similar and different chemical structure of atrazine. The competitive recognition between atrazine and structurally similar compounds was evaluated and it was found that the system provided highest recovery and selectivity for atrazine while low recovery and selectivity were obtained for the other compounds. The highest recovery was obtained from MIP compared with non-imprinted polymer (NIP), a commercial C-18 and a granular activated carbon (GAC) sorbent. The method provided high recoveries ranged from 94 to 99% at two spiked levels with relative standard deviations less than 2%. The lower detection limit of the method was 80 ng L-1. This method was successfully applied for analysis of environmental water samples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)772-780
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health. Part B - Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Industrial Biotechnology


  • solid phase extraction
  • high performance
  • liquid chromatography
  • phase extraction (MISPE)
  • molecularly imprinted solid
  • Molecularly imprinted polymer
  • atrazine


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