Headspace liquid-phase microextraction of methamphetamine and amphetamine in urine by an aqueous drop.Anal Chim Acta. 2007 Apr 25; 589(2):225-30.AC
This study developed a headspace liquid-phase microextraction (LPME) method by using a single aqueous drop in combination with high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC)-UV detection for the determination of methamphetamine (MAP) and amphetamine (AP) in urine samples. The analytes, volatile and basic, were released from sample matrix into the headspace first, and then protonated and dissolved in an aqueous H(3)PO(4) drop hanging in the headspace by a HPLC syringe. After extraction, this drop was directly injected into HPLC. Parameters affecting extraction efficiency were investigated and optimized. This method showed good linearity in the investigated concentration range of 1.0-1500 microg L(-1), repeatability of the extraction (R.S.D.<5%, n=6), and low detection limits (0.3 microg L(-1) for both analytes). Enrichment factors of about 400-fold and 220-fold were achieved for MAP and AP, respectively, at optimum conditions. The feasibility of the method was demonstrated by analyzing human urine samples.