Partition coefficients of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX), between crosslinked polydimethylsiloxane and water, were determined at room temperature by capillary extraction (a form of in-tube solid-phase microextraction, SPME) coupled to open tubular gas chromatography (in-tube SPME-high-resolution GC). A series of 7-9 repetitive extractions, performed on a 1-ml volume of diluted aqueous BTEX sample by the double-syringe squeeze method, gave exponential regression curves which fit very well with those predicted by partition theory. From the equations of the curves of relative FID response vs. extraction number, experimental Kdwere easily calculated and the results compared with literature values. The whole measurement requires about 1 h from the start of the experiment to the final calculation of all BTEX partition coefficients. In-tube SPME resulted in a fast, clean, efficient, and cheaper alternative than the classic 1-cm, externally coated, SPME fiber-holder technique. © 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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- Analytical Chemistry