Rapid detection of hazardous chemicals in textiles by direct analysis in real-time mass spectrometry (DART-MS)

Borbála Antal, Ákos Kuki, Lajos Nagy, Tibor Nagy, M. Zsuga, S. Kéki

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Residues of chemicals on clothing products were examined by direct analysis in real-time (DART) mass spectrometry. Our experiments have revealed the presence of more than 40 chemicals in 15 different clothing items. The identification was confirmed by DART tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) experiments for 14 compounds. The most commonly detected hazardous substances were nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), phthalic acid esters (phthalates), amines released by azo dyes, and quinoline derivates. DART-MS was able to detect NPEs on the skin of the person wearing the clothing item contaminated by NPE residuals. Automated data acquisition and processing method was developed and tested for the recognition of NPE residues thereby reducing the analysis time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalAnalytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - máj. 28 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry

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