versão impressa ISSN 0100-4042
SENA, Marcelo M.; TREVISAN, Marcello G. e POPPI, Ronei J.. PARAFAC: a chemometric tool for multi-dimensional data treatment. Applications in direct determination of drugs in human plasma by spectrofluorimetry. Quím. Nova [online]. 2005, vol.28, n.5, pp. 910-920. ISSN 0100-4042. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0100-40422005000500032.
Since the last decade, the combined use of chemometrics and molecular spectroscopic techniques has become a new alternative for direct drug determination, without the need of physical separation. Among the new methodologies developed, the application of PARAFAC in the decomposition of spectrofluorimetric data should be highlighted. The first objective of this article is to describe the theoretical basis of PARAFAC. For this purpose, a discussion about the order of chemometric methods used in multivariate calibration and the development of multi-dimensional methods is presented first. The other objective of this article is to divulge for the Brazilian chemical community the potential of the combination PARAFAC/spectrofluorimetry for the determination of drugs in complex biological matrices. For this purpose, two applications aiming at determining, respectively, doxorrubicine and salicylate in human plasma are presented.
Palavras-chave : parallel factor analysis; human blood; molecular fluorescence.