A new, simple, and sensitive method, based on photoinduced chemiluminescence, was developed for the determination of quinmerac. The photoproduct, obtained after ultraviolet irradiation in basic medium, was mixed with sodium sulfite (sensitizer), and Ce(IV) (oxidant) in acid medium. A wide linear dynamic range (2-600 ng mL−1) and a limit of detection of 0.6 ng mL−1 were obtained without any pretreatment (0.08 ng mL−1 after solid-phase extraction). The determination was performed using a flow-injection manifold, which allowed a high throughput (144 h−1). The interday reproducibility was 5.6% (n = 5), and the intraday repeatability was 3.9 and 2.9% for 20 and 200 ng mL−1 of quinmerac, respectively (n = 21). Finally, the method was applied to surface water and groundwater, with recoveries ranging from 78.1 to 94.5%.
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