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Volume 26, Number 4, May 1998
Proche Infrarouge PIR
Pittcon 98
Page(s) 186 - 189
Section Original articles
Analusis 26, 186-189 (1998)
DOI: 10.1051/analusis:1998132

Organic acids analysis in "Brandy de Jerez" by ion-exclusion chromatography, "post-column" buffering and conductimetric detection

D.A. Guillén1, C.G. Barroso1, L. Zorro1, V. Carrascal2 and J.A. Pérez-Bustamante2

1  Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, University of Cádiz, P.O. Box 40, E-11510-Puerto Real (Cádiz), Spain
2  Consejo Regulador de la Denominación Específica "Brandy de Jerez", Cervantes 3, E-11403-Jerez (Cádiz), Spain

A rapid ion-exclusion chromatographic method with conductimetric detection for the determination of the main carboxylic acids (citric, tartaric, malic, fumaric, succinic, lactic, formic and acetic acids) in "Brandy de Jerez" is described. In order to increase the detection sensitivity, a pH 6.5 buffer is added to the column effluent to ensure that the analytes are ionized. The linearity, sensitivity and repeatibility were evaluated for each acid. Detection limits ranging from 43.054 mg/L (acetic acid) to 0.732 mg/L (succinic acid) were obtained. The ion exclusion with "post-column" buffering and conductimetric detection permits the analysis of brandies without interferences from sugars and phenolic compounds.

Key words: Organic acids / Brandy / ion-exclusion chromatography / conductimetric detection.

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