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Characterization of cigarette smoke condensates by comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC x GC/TOFMS) . Part 2: basic fraction

Lu, X.; Zhao, M.; Kong, H.; Cai, J.; Wu, J.; Wu, M.; Hua, R.; Liu, J.; Xu, G.

Journal of Separation Science 27(1-2): 101-109

2004


ISSN/ISBN: 1615-9306
PMID: 15335065
DOI: 10.1002/jssc.200301659
Accession: 048497034

Cigarette smoke condensate is a complex chemical matrix. Analysis of nitrogen-containing compounds present therein is very difficult because of the limitation of the peak capacity of conventional one-dimensional chromatography. Extensive and laborious sample preparation is frequently required or selective detectors are frequently used. In this study, the basic fraction of mainstream cigarette smoke condensate has been investigated by using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC x GC/TOFMS). Auto data processing by TOFMS software combined with manual identification was used to assign the components. 377 nitrogen-containing compounds, including 155 pyridine derivatives, 104 quinoline/isoquinoine derivatives, and 56 pyrazine derivatives were tentatively identified. By selecting appropriate unique masses and in the light of the component positions in the structured chromatogram, alkyl-substituted pyridines, pyrazines, and quinolines/isoquinolines were separately shown and further validated. The peaks of eight individual positional isomers of two-carbon-substituted pyridines and thirteen positional isomers of methyl-substituted quinolines/isoquinolines were further confirmed, based on linear incremental retention behavior in combination with TOFMS and the structured chromatogram of GC x GC.

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