Abstract

The analysis of energetic materials such as RDX and HMX in water at trace levels was accomplished by using micro-extraction by miscible solvents, such as acetonitrile, 2-propanol and acetone, and salting out the organic phase. This paper compares the results obtained with solid-phase extraction (SPE) to those obtained by demixing techniques for spiked Milli-Q water and an unfiltered lake water. A review of the data indicates that demixing with acetonitrile-sodium chloride and 2-propanol ammonium sulfate gives better extraction recoveries than solid-phase extraction. Salting-out extractions are performed in less time and with less solvent than by SPE techniques.

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