Special Issue "Chromatographic Techniques for Food and Environmental Samples"

A special issue of Separations (ISSN 2297-8739).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Antonio Martin-Esteban

INIA, Dept Medio Ambiente, Carretera A Coruña Km 7, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Interests: sample preparation; molecular imprinting; chromatographic techniques; environmental and food analysis
Guest Editor
Dr. Esther Turiel

INIA, Dept Medio Ambiente, Carretera A Coruña Km 7, Madrid 28040, Spain
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Interests: sample preparation; molecular imprinting; chromatographic techniques; environmental and food analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

During last few decades, massive industrial and agricultural development has been accompanied by the release of a great variety of contaminants to the environment. Such compounds, depending on their physicochemical properties, might be incorporated into the food chain, which represents an important public concern. Accordingly, authorities have established restrictions to protect our environment from potential harmful substances. It has made the development of analytical methodologies, mainly based on chromatographic techniques, able to detect and determine a wide variety of compounds at very low
concentration levels, in both food and environmental samples, in a reliable and accurate manner, necessary.

We would like to invite colleagues to contribute with original research articles and reviews to the present Special Issue on the latest trends in chromatographic techniques for the analysis of contaminants in environmental and food samples, including recent advances in sample preparation.

Dr. Antonio Martin-Esteban
Dr. Esther Turiel
Guest Editors

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  • organic contaminants

  • environmental analysis

  • food analysis

  • sample preparation

  • solid-phase extraction

  • solid-phase microextraction

  • liquid-phase microextraction

  • chromatographic techniques

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Chromatographic Techniques in the Research Area of Lithium Ion Batteries: Current State of the Art
Authors: Sascha Nowak, Martin Winter
Type: Review
Abstract: Lithium ion batteries (LIBs) are widely used in modern consumer electronics and medical applications and LIBs are increasingly used for electric vehicles and hybrid electric vehicles. Besides relatively high manufacturing costs and a long charging time, the major drawback is the degradation of the cell constituents, which is called aging and which minimizes both storage lifetime and cycle lifetime. Due to the numerous aging effects, both from the individual constituents and their interactions, a myriad of instruments and methods are reported in literature for the investigation of these effects. Especially chromatographic methods are heavily applied for the analysis of ionic liquids and non-aqueous electrolytes. However, chromatographic methods are recently used to investigate the composition of electrode materials. In this review, we will give an overview about the current state of chromatographic methods which are applied in the context of lithium ion battery research.

Title: Determination of 2-thioxo-3-pyrrolidinecarbaldehyde in takuan-zuke by high-performance liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection after pre-column derivatization using 4-(N,N-dimethylaminosulfonyl)-7-hydrazino-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole
Author: Hiroki Matsuoka
Abstract: Takuan-zuke, or pickled radish root, is one of the traditional food in Japan. Dehydrated radish root is pickled in salt/or salty rice bran and salt-aging for several months. The color of radish turns from white to yellow in long-term salting aging process. We previously reported that the yellowing reaction is derived from radish isothiocyanate, and that it is nonenzymatically converted to a yellow compound by going through several steps of reaction. Among them, 2-thioxo-3-pyrrolidinecarbaldehyde (TPC), which has been identified as a primary decomposition product of radish isothiocyanate, is an important intermediate for yellowing reaction. However, since TPC is highly reactive compound, it was difficult to extract for quantitative analysis. In the derivatization method with 2, 4-dinitrophenylhydrazine which is widely used for aldehyde analysis, the reactant from TPC is unstable. In this study, a simple and sensitive derivatization method using 4-(N, N-dimethylaminosulfonyl)-7-hydrazino-2,1,3-benzoxadiazole (DBD-H) was applied to the determination of TPC.
Method: A highly reactive reagent, DBD-H react with aldehyde moiety of TPC in the presence of trifluoroacetic acid (TFA). DBD-TPC was analyzed by ODS-HPLC with fluorescence detection. For an optimization of reaction conditions, we studied using the following condition; reaction time, solvent concentration, TFA concentration, and the stability of DBD-TPC at 4 °C. (2) Quantitative analysis of TPC contained in lyophilized takuan-zuke sample was performed using optimized analysis method.

Title: Assessment, Validation and Application to Real Samples of a Rp-Hplc Method For The Determination of Steviol Glycosides in Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni’s Leaves
Authors: N. Spano1, M. Ciulu1, M. I. Pilo1, V.M. Nurchi2, J. Lachowitz2, G. Sanna1
Affiliation: 1Dipartimento di Chimica e Farmacia, Università di Sassari, Via Vienna, 2 – 07100 Sassari, Italy
2Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche,Cittadella Universitaria di Monserrato, 09042 Monserrato, Cagliari, Italy
Abstract: Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is a branched shrub of the Asteraceae family native to the tropical areas of Northern and Southern America, nowadays widespread in many regions of the world. It has a significant economic value due to its high content of natural, dietetically valuable sweeteners in its leaves. They consist in steviol glycosides as stevioside and rebaudioside A, the most abundant among more than 30 compounds recognized in different Stevia genotypes. Hence, the qualitative and quantitative characterization of these compounds may be a useful tool to differentiate and valorize plants grown in various regions and conditions. This approach allows the individuation of promising genotype in terms of sweetners’ yield and/or nutraceutical value. In this contribution we propose a validated RP-HPLC procedure for the determinations of the principal steviol glycosides (i.e. stevioside, rebaudiosides A and C and dulcoside A) in Stevia leaves. Validation was accomplished in terms of limit of detection, limit of quantification, linearity, precision, and trueness. Finally, the method was tested with a number of real samples of fresh and dried Stevia leaves from different geographical origins.

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