Analysis of 2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid on Primesep and Obelisc HPLC Columns

 

 

2,4,5-Trichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4,5-T) is a synthetic auxin and herbicide that was widely used until the 1970s. The EURL (European Union Reference Laboratory) included a QuEChERS (Quick, Easy, Cheap, Rugged, and Safe) method for 2,4,5-T as a target pesticide for EUPT-SRM. Obelisc R and Primesep B2 were used to retain 2,4,5-T and separate it from impurities. Primesep B2 contains embedded basic ion-pairing groups while Obelisc R contains embedded ionic and hydrophobic groups which can assist in fine tuning separations. This method is LC/MS compatible and can be used as a general approach for analyzing 2,4,5-T and dozens of other pesticides.