Pham Quoc Chinh, Pham Thi Thu Ha, Nguyen Mai Dung, Vu Huu Phuoc, Vu Duc Loi, Nguyen Tien Vung

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This article develops a combined solid phase extraction (SPE) and gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC-MS) procedure for determining amphetamine-type stimulants Amphetamine (AM) and Methamphetamine (MA) in human hair. Hair samples were incubated in methanol containing 1% hydrochloric acid in 18 hours and then subjected to SPE. The obtained extracts were evaporated to dryness, derivatized with heptafluorobutyric anhydride (HFBA) at 70 °C for 30 minutes prior to GC–MS analysis. Gas chromatography mass spectrometry was run on HP5-MS column (30 m × 0.25 mm × 0.25 µm) with detector MS 5975C. Experimentally, the proposed method proved sensitive, simple and time-saving, but quite accurate with a low limit of detection (LOD = 0.05ng/mg) and quantitation (LOQ = 0.15ng/mg).


SPE, GC – MS, hair samples, amphetamine, methamphetamine.


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