A comprehensive study of a new versatile microchip device based liquid phase microextraction for stopped-flow and double-flow conditions

María Ramos Payán, Elia Santigosa Murillo, Jordi Coello, Miguel Ángel Bello López

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

20 Citations (Scopus)


© 2018 Elsevier B.V. A new geometry for a versatile microfluidic-chip device based liquid phase microextraction was developed in order to enhance the preconcentration in microfluidic chips and also to enable double-flow and stopped-flow working modes. The microchip device was combined with a HPLC procedure for the simultaneous determination of two different families as model analytes, which were parabens and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs): Ethyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Et-P), Propyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Pr-P), Butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (Bu-P), IsoButyl 4-hydroxybenzoate (iBu-P), salycilic acid (SAC), ketoprofen (KET), naproxen (NAX), diclofenac (DIC) and ibuprofen (IBU) in urine samples. The new miniaturized microchip proposed in this work allows not only the possibility of working in double-flow conditions, but also under stagnant conditions (stopped-flow) (SF-μLPME). The sample (pH 1.5) was delivered to the SF-μLPME at 20 μL min −1 while keeping the acceptor phase (pH 11.75) under stagnant conditions during 20 min. The highest enrichment factors (between 16 and 47) were obtained under stopped-flow conditions at 20 μL min −1 (sample flow rate) after 20 min extraction; whereas the extraction efficiencies were within the range of 27–81% for all compounds. The procedure provided very low detection limits between 0.7 and 8.5 μg L −1 with a sample volume consumption of 400 μL. Parabens and NSAIDs have successfully been extracted from urine samples with excellent clean up and recoveries over 90% for all compounds. In parallel, the new device was also tested under double flow conditions, obtaining good but lower enrichment factors (between 9 and 20) and higher extraction efficiencies (between 45 and 95) after 7 min extraction, consuming a volume sample of 140 μL. The versatile device offered very high extraction efficiencies and good enrichment factor for double flow and stopped-flow conditions, respectively. In addition, this new miniaturized SF-μLPME device significantly reduced costs compared to the existing analytical techniques for sample preparation since this microchip require few microliters of sample and reagents and it is reusable.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-36
JournalJournal of Chromatography
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jun 2018


  • Drugs
  • Microextraction
  • Microfluidic
  • Miniaturization
  • Sample preparation
  • Urine sample


Dive into the research topics of 'A comprehensive study of a new versatile microchip device based liquid phase microextraction for stopped-flow and double-flow conditions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this