2001 Volume 17 Issue 10 Pages 1209-1212
A flow-injection on-line photochemical spectrofluorometry (FI-PF) was developed for the determination of menadione sodium bisulfite (MSB) using acetone and sodium sulfite as sensitizing reagents. An injected sample band carried by a water stream was on-line merged with a mixed NaOH, Na2SO3 and acetone solution in a “T” connector. It was then driven to pass a knotted PTFE photochemical reactor (0.5 mm i.d. × 200 cm, KR) that was freely coiled around a 6-W low-pressure mercury lamp. While passing the KR, MSB was derived into an intensively fluorescent compound that was on-line delivered into a flow-through cell and detected therein at an emission wavelength of 459 nm and an excitation wavelength of 336 nm. Under optimized conditions a detection limit of 0.38 µg l-1 was achieved at a sampling rate of 90 h-1. Eleven determinations of 0.5 mg l-1 and 0.05 mg l-1 MSB standard solution gave RSDs of 0.75% and 1.3%, respectively. The calibration curve was linear in the MSB concentration range 0.005 - 1.5 mg l-1. The proposed method was successfully applied to assay the MSB content in MSB injection.