Identification and quantification of odours from oxobiodegradable polyethylene oxidised under a free radical flow by headspace solid-phase microextraction followed by gas chromatography-olfactometry-mass spectrometry.

Abstract

Recently oxobiodegradable polyethylene gained popularity as food packaging material due to its potential to reduce polymer waste. However, this type of material can release after its oxidation off-odour compounds that affect the organoleptic properties of packaged food. Odour compounds released from both polyethylene and oxobiodegradable polyethylene before and after oxidation under a free radicals flow were investigated after 1 day, 2 days and 3 days of oxidation. The samples were analysed using headspace solid phase microextraction followed by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and headspace solid phase microextraction coupled to gas chromatography-olfactometry-mass spectrometry. Sixty-two different odorous compounds were identified. 4-methylthio-2-butanone (fruit), nonanal (fat) and 3,6-nonadienal (fat) were present in different materials before oxidation. Multiple headspace-solid phase microextraction has been used to quantify all analytes. The most abundant compound was (Z)-3-hexenyl hexanoate with a concentration range between 1.5791±0.1387µg/g and 4.8181±0.3123µg/g. Compounds such as 2-dodecenal, 2-octenal, 2-pentanol, 3-nonenal, 3,6-nonadienal, ethyl 3-methylbutanoate, ethyl octenoate, hexanone, isopropyl hexanoate, octanal were below their LOD evaluated using MS detector; however, they were detected by gas chromatography-olfactometry. The minimum LOD and LOQ were 0.011µg/g and 0.036µg/g, respectively.

DOI: 10.1016/j.talanta.2017.05.022

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@article{Wrona2017IdentificationAQ, title={Identification and quantification of odours from oxobiodegradable polyethylene oxidised under a free radical flow by headspace solid-phase microextraction followed by gas chromatography-olfactometry-mass spectrometry.}, author={Magdalena Wrona and Paula Vera and Davinson Pezo and Cristina Ner{\'i}n}, journal={Talanta}, year={2017}, volume={172}, pages={37-44} }