QUESTION ABOUT YOUR POSTER  (Quantitative analysis of NPEOs in textile samples by LC/MS/MS)

I got your technical poster for nonylphenol ethoxylates(NPEOs) 

and i also analyze to NPEO compunds from textile, dye materials with HPLCMS ULTIVO. (but not same your MRM transition. products is very different_)



but i have some issue for that.

First is getting higher column pressure.

A line is ammonium acetate buffer, B line is ACN. and column is two kinda things    

Poroshell 120 EC-C18, 2.0 x 100 mm, 2.7 µm

Poroshell 120 EC-C18, 3.0 x 100 mm, 2.7 µm (the first time pressure is 200-250 bar, but after several time use the column pressure is 400-420 bar) (the pressure is first condition state and the eluent ratio is A 10%: B 90%)

is that from ammonium acetate buffer? or should I change specific column for NPEOs, OPEOs?   


Second is Blank issue for NPEOs so I couldn't get low level analysis such as like you.

my lowest level is 0.1ppm that times response area is 100000. but Blank (just Methanol, the all of sample dilute methanol) is 50000. (almost half area. most detected products ion is 271,315,485,529,573) 

because of the problems, calibration response can not make a ratio with standard concentration level. (if you get 0.1 ppm 10 response area, response of 0.5ppm have to 50 but ours 30 response area.)

so I couldn't get right quantitative result. 

and how can make calibration curve (figure 6)? just only one compounds? or all of NPEOs get together? such as a sum of all response area? 


can i get that poster detail information? such as column, gradient time table(plz table, i couldn't understand well just explain thingies), recipe for buffer solution with all materials CAS NO. and source information.

several times i asked person in charge of your Korea branch. but couldn't get any answer. so plz help me. 


  • Hi wonjin,

    I forwarded your questions to the authors of the poster.



  • HI wonjin,

    I heard that the Korea branch already answered you 5 months ago with the information we can provide as this is a customer application.

    Here again the column and eluent conditions:

    Elution = Gradient
    Flow rate = 0.25 ml/min
    Mobile Phase A = 10mM ammonium Acetate with pH: 3.6
    Mobile phase B = Acetonitrile
    Flushing solvent = MeOH: Acetonitrile: H2O (25:50:25)
    Column = Agilent Eclipse XDB C18, 100 mm X 2.1 mm, 1.8 um (P/N 981758-902)
    Injection volume = 2 µl

    And the gradient:

    QQQ Parameters:
    Ionization source = Agilent Jet Stream (AJS) ESI
    Ionization mode = Positive ionization
    Scan mode = Multiple Reaction Monitoring (MRM)

    The Mass Hunter MRM Optimization tool was used.

    The calibration curve was made by the total area of NPEOs against the concentration.

    The compound math tool in MH software was used to add the intensities of all compounds to generate the calibration curve.

    Carryover was not an issue for us while using multi wash option enabled with Acetonitrile/Methanol/H2O/IPA combinations

    As for pressure, that could be tubing sizes, glogged frits or filters. Buffers need to be always freshly prepared. Just normal troubleshooting will help.

    Hope this helps,



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