Analysis of fragrance compounds in blood samples of mice by gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, GC/FTIR and GC/AES after inhalation of sandalwood oil


  • Dedicated to Prof. Fleischhacker on the occasion of his 60th birthday.


After inhalation experiments with sandalwood oil and the pure fragrance compounds coumarin and α-terpineol, substances were detected and measured in the blood samples of test animals (mice) using gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) (MID) in connection with GC/FTIR (SWC), GC/AES (carbon and oxygen trace) and flame ionization detection/gas chromatography. Using tiglinic acid benzyl ester as the internal standard the following concentrations in serum could be found: α-santalol 6.1 ng/mL, β-santalol 5.3 ng/mL and α-santalene 0.5 ng/mL. In separate inhalation experiments with coumarin and with α-terpineol the corresponding concentrations were 7.7 ng/mL and 6.9 ng/mL, respectively.