A flow injection system for the determination of nonionic surfactants in the presence of ionic surfactants was investigated. The system consists of a microcolumn packed with an ion-exchange resin and a surfactant-selective electrode using a plasticized polyvinyl chloride membrane containing no ion-exchange site. Ionic surfactants were removed on the microcolumn. Nonionic surfactants passed through the column with ethanol/H20 = 50/50 (v/v, %) were detected. The electrode showed the cationic potential response with a slope of 40 mV/decade for Triton X-100 from 4×10-5 to 5×10-4 M. The detection limit of Triton X-100 was 1 × 10-5 M. The proposed method is free from the interference of coexisting inorganic electrolytes in sample solutions. By this method, nonionic surfactants in detergent samples could be determined.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Analytical Chemistry