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PINI, Gláucia F. et al. A Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction (HS-SPME) method for the chromatographic determination of alkylpyrazines in cocoa samples. J. Braz. Chem. Soc. [online]. 2004, vol.15, n.2, pp.267-271. ISSN 0103-5053.

A Headspace Solid Phase Microextraction (HS-SPME) procedure for isolation and determination of alkylpyrazines in cocoa liquor, using Gas Chromatography with Flame Ionization Detection (GC-FID) for the separation and detection of the analytes, is presented here. The HS-SPME operational conditions were optimized using extractions of samples spiked with known amounts of alkylpyrazines typically found on cocoa products. The maximum extraction efficiency was obtained using SPME fibers coated with 65 µm Carbowax/divinylbenzene. Additionally, the best results were achieved with extraction temperature of 60 ºC, 15 min of sample/headspace equilibration time and 45 min extraction time. It was also observed that suspending the samples in saturated aqueous NaCl solution during extractions resulted in a significant increment on the peak areas. This procedure was found to be effective to determine the so-called pyrazinic ratios (quotient between peak areas of alkylpyrazines), which are useful as quality parameters for cocoa liquor.

Keywords : cocoa liquor; alkylpyrazines; aroma; Maillard reaction products; SPME.

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