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Quantitative molecular analysis with molecular bands emission using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and chemometrics

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Abstract

The present work describes the first quantitative molecular prediction using laser-induced molecular bands along with chemometrics. In addition, this spectroscopic procedure has demonstrated the first complete quantitative analysis utilizing traditionally insensitive elements for pharmaceutical formulations. Atomic LIBS requires certain sensitive elements, such as Cl, F, Br, S and P, in order to quantitate a specific organic compound in a complex matrix. Molecular LIBS has been demonstrated to be the first successful approach using atomic spectroscopy to evaluate a complex organic matrix. This procedure is also the first quantitative analysis using laser-induced molecular bands and chemometrics. We have successfully applied chemometrics to predict the formulation excipients and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) in a complex pharmaceutical formulation. Using such an approach, we demonstrate that the accuracy for the API and a formulation lubricant, magnesium stearate, have less than 4% relative bias. The other formulation excipients such as Avicel® and lactose have been accurately predicted to have less than a 15% relative bias. Molecular LIBS and chemometrics have provided a novel approach for the quantitative analysis of several molecules that was not technically possible with the traditional atomic LIBS procedure, that required sensitive elements to be present in both API and formulation excipients.

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The article was received on 14 Sep 2007, accepted on 19 Feb 2008 and first published on 07 Mar 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B714219F
Citation: J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008,23, 694-701
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    Quantitative molecular analysis with molecular bands emission using laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy and chemometrics

    F. R. Doucet, P. J. Faustino, M. Sabsabi and R. C. Lyon, J. Anal. At. Spectrom., 2008, 23, 694
    DOI: 10.1039/B714219F

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