Author(s): Julie Kowalski and Jack Cochran
Published By: Separation Science
Issue: vol. 4, issue 12
Year of Publication: 2012
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Abstract: Quick, Easy, Cheap, Effective, Rugged and Safe, the QuEChERS (pronounced “catchers”) method is based on work done and published in 2003 by Anastassiades et al. QuEChERS was developed as an extraction method for pesticides in fruits and vegetables, coupled with a cleanup method that removes sugars, lipids, organic acids, sterols, proteins, pigments, and excess water. QuEChERS involves two simple steps: first, a homogenized sample is extracted and partitioned using an acetonitrile and salt solution, then, the supernatant is cleaned using a dispersive solid-phase extraction (dSPE) technique. This QuEChERS approach offers a user-friendly alternative to traditional liquid-liquid and solid-phase extractions.