Simultaneous determination and method validation of clethodim and its metabolites clethodim sulfoxide and clethodim sulfone in tobacco by LC‐MS/MS

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  • Published: Dec 8, 2017
  • Author: Fei Wang, Guoqiang Yang, Jin Xu, Weiwei Yu, Lihong Shi, Song Zeng, Lingzhu Chen, Deyu Hu, Kankan Zhang
  • Journal: Biomedical Chromatography


A simple method was developed and validated for the simultaneous determination of clethodim, clethodim sulfoxide, and clethodim sulfone in soil and tobacco by liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry. The three target compounds were extracted from tobacco and soil with acetonitrile, and the extracts were purified using octadecyl silane. The proposed method showed satisfactory linearity (R2 ≥ 0.9973) for the target compounds. The limits of detection and quantitation of the three analytes in all matrices were 0.024−0.06 and 0.08−0.2 mg/kg, respectively. The recovery was tested in blank soil and tobacco leaf samples and calculated to be 74.8–104.4% with relative standard deviations of 1.9–12.1%. The developed method was successfully applied to the analysis of residues of clethodim, clethodim sulfoxide and clethodim sulfone in real soil and tobacco samples. The results indicated that the developed method can meet the requirements for the analysis of trace amounts of all three analytes in soil and tobacco.

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