Recycled cooking oil, aka "gutter oil", is a major problem in countries such as China. I am doing some research to see if there's a reliable and quick way to determine if something is gutter oil.
I came across a Chinese paper that uses Solid Phase Micro Extraction with Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy. In this paper, they listed out a list of chemicals that are commonly found in their samples of gutter oil.
Originally, I was planning to use Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy for detecting these chemicals inside a matrix but it seems like the fluorescence of the oil is masking the raman signals of these chemicals.
All of these chemicals are dissolved in the sample oil in trace quantities. The are (listed in order of priority):
Methyl-3-butenenitrile Hexane 5-Cyano-1-Pentene 1- decyne Cyclohexane Allyl cyanide Acetic acid benzene Methyl cyclopentane 3-butenyl isothiocyanate Allyl isothiocyanate N-heptane Toluene 1-hexanol Xylene Heptanone
Are there any simple extraction/filtration techniques that could isolate some of the above for the purpose of Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy? I am looking for a sample preparation method that is less involved as solid phase extraction.