Determination of S-2-(N,N-diisopropylaminoethyl)- and S-2-(N,N-diethylaminoethyl) methylphosphonothiolate, nerve agent markers, in water samples using strong anion-exchange disk extraction, in vial trimethylsilylation, and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis
2012 (English)In: Journal of Chromatography A, ISSN 0021-9673, E-ISSN 1873-3778, Vol. 1229, 86-94 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Since the establishment of the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997, the development of analytical methods for unambiguous identification of large numbers of chemicals related to chemical warfare agents has attracted increased interest. The analytically challenging, zwitterionic S-2-(N,N-diisopropylaminoethyl) methylphosphonothiolate (EA-2192), a highly toxic degradation marker of the nerve agent VX, has been reported to resist trimethylsilylation or to result in an unacceptably high limit of detection in GC-MS analysis. In the present study, the problem is demonstrated to be associated with the presence of salt, which hinders trimethysilylation. EA-2192 was extracted from aqueous samples by use of a strong anion-exchange disk, derivatized as a trimethylsilyl derivative via in vial solid-phase trimethylsilylation and identified by GC-MS. The limits of detection were 10ng/mL and 100ng/mL (in a water sample) for SIM and SCAN mode respectively. The analytical method was found to be repeatable with relative standard deviation <10%. The performance of the method was evaluated using a proficiency test sample and environmental samples (spiked river water and Baltic Bay water) and compared with the commonly used evaporation-silylation method. The disk method displayed good tolerance to the presence of salt and the spiked EA-2192 was conclusively identified in all matrices. In addition, the applicability of the method was further demonstrated for other selected hydrolysis products of VX and Russian VX, namely S-2-(N,N-diethylaminoethyl) methylphosphonothiolate, ethyl methylphosphonic acid, methylphosphonic acid, and isobutyl methylphosphonic acid. For the synthesis of reference compounds, EA-2192 and its analog from degradation of the Russian VX isomer, the present methods were improved by using a polymer-bound base, resulting in >90% purity based on (1)H NMR. Based on the current results and earlier work on alkylphosphonic acids using the same method, we conclude that the method is a viable choice for the simultaneous determination of a wide range of degradation products of nerve agents - zwitterionic, monoacid, diacid, and monothioacid chemicals - with excellent performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 1229, 86-94 p.
Chemical warfare agents, EA-2192, Silylation, Alkylphosphonic acid, Solid-phase derivatization, Anion-exchange disk
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-52430DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2012.01.068PubMedID: 22326187OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-52430DiVA: diva2:504602