Determination of dimethoate, 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid, mecoprop and linuron pesticides in environmental waters in Republic of Macedonia by high performance liquid chromatography

Aleksandra Nestorovska-Krsteska, Meri Mirčeska, Jean-Jacques Aaron, Zoran Zdravkovski


An HPLC-UVDAD method for determination of dimethoate, 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid (2,4-D), mecoprop (MCPP) and linuron in environmental waters was developed. The water samples were concentrated and extracted by a solid phase extraction (SPE) method on Bond Elut PPL cartridges. After extraction the investigated compounds were separated on Stability RP Pesticides chromatographic column using mobile phase composed of acetonitrile- water-acetic acid in volume fractions of 39:59:2 and flow rate of 0.7 mL/min. Ultraviolet absorption detection was carried out for dimethoate, 2,4-D and MCPP at 229 nm, and for linuron at 249 nm. Recoveries made from 500 mL of drinking waters using solid phase extraction ranged between 64.3–92.1 %. The method was applied to environmental waters in Macedonia that receive runoffs from agriculture lands. The levels of pesticides under study ranged between 0.31 μg/L and 7.05 μg/L, depending on the compound and sampling period.


dimethoate; 2,4-dichlorophenoxy acetic acid; linuron; mecoprop; HPLC-UV-DAD; SPE; environmental waters

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