Monocrotophos Separation on Obelisc and Primesep Mixed-Mode HPLC Columns

 

Banned in the U.S. and many other countries, Monocrotophos is a cheap and toxic organophosphate insecticide. It is especially toxic to birds, being blamed for widespread bird kills. The EURL (European Reference Laboratory) included monocrotophos in a the EURL-FV a proficency test for multi-residue methods using QuEChERS (Quick, East, Cheap, Effective, Rugged, Safe) followed bby LC/MS/MS for fruits and vegitables. Primesep B2 and Obelisc R were used to retain monocrotophos and separate it from impurities. Primesep B2 contains embedded basic ion-pairing groups and Obelisc R contains embedded ionic and hydrophobic groups which can assist in fine tuning separations. Method is LC/MS compatible and can be used as a general approach for analyzing monocrotophos, other organophosphate insecticides, and dozens of other pesticides.