Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 74, Issue 6, pp 521–527 | Cite as

Kinetic Spectrophotometric Method for 4-nitrophenol Determination in Drinking Water

  • A. S. Miletić
  • E. T. Pecev-MarinkovićEmail author
  • Z. M. Grahovac
  • A. N. Pavlović
  • S. B. Tošić
  • I. D. Rašić Mišić


This paper describes a rapid, highly sensitive and simple kinetic spectrophotometric method for determination of p-nitrophenol (p-NP) based on its activating effect on sulfanilic acid oxidation by hydrogen peroxide in basic media in the presence of Co2+ as catalyst. Coloration of sulfanilic acid is used to monitor the reaction spectrophotometrically at 368 nm. p-Nitrophenol can be determined in the ranges of 40‒200 and 200‒400 ng/mL under optimal conditions. The detection limit of the method according to 3σ criteria is 8 ng/mL. The RSD is 4.8‒0.8% for concentration interval 40‒200 ng/mL. The kinetic parameters of the reaction are reported, and the rate equations are suggested. The developed procedure was successfully applied to the rapid determination of p-NP in water samples using solid phase extraction for phenol preconcentration and removing interferences. The HPLC method was used as comparative method to verify results.


4-nitrophenol kinetic method HPLC solid phase extraction water analysis 



This research was supported by grant no. 172061 from the Serbian Ministry of Science. The authors are grateful for the financial support provided by this Ministry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. S. Miletić
    • 1
  • E. T. Pecev-Marinković
    • 1
    Email author
  • Z. M. Grahovac
    • 1
  • A. N. Pavlović
    • 1
  • S. B. Tošić
    • 1
  • I. D. Rašić Mišić
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Department of ChemistryNisSerbia

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