Pilar Perez-Hurtado

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Pharmaceuticals and personal care products are being increasingly reported in a variety of biological matrices, including fish tissue; however, screening studies have presently not encompassed broad geographical areas. A national pilot study was initiated in the United States to assess the accumulation of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in fish(More)
An isotope dilution liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) method was successfully developed and applied for analysis of 15 pharmaceuticals and 2 pharmaceutically active metabolites in fish tissues. This method relied on electrospray ionization (ESI), for which the influence of sample matrix on analyte ionization efficiencies remains a(More)
Researchers recognize that ionization state may influence the biological activity of weak acids and bases. Dissociation in aqueous solutions is controlled by the pKa of a compound and the pH of the matrix. Because many pharmaceuticals are implicitly designed as ionizable compounds, site-specific variability in pH of receiving waters may introduce(More)
The method of phasing broadband Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FT-ICR) spectra allows plotting the spectra in the absorption-mode; this new approach significantly improves the quality of the data at no extra cost. Herein, an internal calibration method for calculating the phase function has been developed and successfully applied to the top-down(More)
It has been known for almost 40 years that phase correction of Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) data can generate an absorption-mode spectrum with much improved peak shape compared to the conventional magnitude-mode. However, research on phasing has been slow due to the complexity of the phase-wrapping problem. Recently, the method for(More)
RATIONALE The rapid screening of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by direct analysis has potential applications in the areas of food and flavour science. Currently, the technique of choice for VOC analysis is gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). However, the long chromatographic run times and elaborate sample preparation associated with this(More)
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