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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 892380, 5 pages
Research Article

A Novel and Sensitive Method for the Determination of Vitamin (Riboflavin) in Urine and Pharmaceutical Samples Using an Aqueous Two-Phase Extraction

1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Payam Noor University (PNU), Tehran 19395-4697, Iran
2Department of Epidemiology, Ilam University of Medical Science, Ilam, Iran
3Department of Environmental Health, Faculty of Health, Ilam University of Medical Sciences, Ilam, Iran

Received 2 October 2012; Revised 23 November 2012; Accepted 7 December 2012

Academic Editor: Eulogio J. Llorent-Martinez

Copyright © 2013 Sabah Shiri et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


A novel, simple, and more sensitive spectrophotometric procedure has been developed for the determination of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) by an aqueous two-phase extraction (ATPE). An ATPE is formed mostly by water and does not require an organic solvent. Other ATPE components used in this study were the polymer, polyethylene glycol (PEG), and some salts such as Na2SO4 and Na2CO3. The method is based on the interaction between vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and sodium sulfate (Na2SO4) in an acidic medium (pH 6.4). The influences of effective parameters such as salt (type and concentration), polyethylene glycol (molecular weight and concentration), temperature, centrifuging time, and pH of the sample solution were studied and optimized. The linear range was 1.3–320 ng/mL ( ; ) with the relative standard deviation (RSD) for 60 ng/mL 3.68%. The limit of detection (LOD) calculated from three times of standard deviation of blank were 0.2 ng/mL and recoveries from analysis of real samples between 94.82% and 103.98% were obtained for the determination of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) in urine and pharmaceutical samples.