Date of Award

Spring 1981

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Chemistry & Biochemistry



Committee Director

Charles E. Bell

Committee Member

Frank E. Scully, Jr.

Committee Member

Roy L. Williams

Committee Member

Billy T. Upchurch

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C45 D73


Small, aliphatic amines added to a basic, aqueous solution (16.2 L) at a concentration of 100 parts per billion were isolated by sorption on a small column of macroreticular resin. The amines were eluted with diethyl ether; the eluate concentrated, and the compounds separated and identified by gas chromatography. The efficiency of the recovery of a-nines ranged from 5 to 28%.

A protocol for derivatizing pyrrolidine and n-pentylamine in ether with fluorinated acylating agents was developed. The method was found to be adequate for the detection of approximately 13 micrograms of &-nines in concentrated ether extract.

Environmental water samples taken from Lake Wright in Norfolk, Virginia were analyzed in this manner for the presence of amines. Although pyrrolidine and _!2-pentylamine were suspected to be present, derivatization of ether concentrates from XAD-2 extraction failed to confirm the presence of the two amines at levels above 10 parts per billion. It was concluded that XAD-2 resin is not suitable for the isolation of amines from environmental samples.


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