Photoluminescence Quantitative Analysis of Gallic Acid and Caffeine in Green Tea Using Multi-way Chemometric Approaches

Document Type : Research Paper


Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Kashan, Kashan, I.R. Iran


Green tea is considered as a dietary source of antioxidant nutrients, which acts upon human health. Green tea leaves contain three main components in the form of simple hydroxy benzoic acids such as gallic acid, propyl gallate and xanthic bases (caffeine), have been reported to prevent or delay a number of degenerative diseases and act mainly upon the central nervous system and stimulating wakefulness. Therefore, it is important to establish a simple and reliable analytical method for determination of these compounds in the presence of unexpected interferences in the green tea sample. In this research, a rapid and sensitive method was used for the direct determination of gallic acid and caffeine in green tea that is based on excitation-emission data using chemometric approaches. Multi-way chemometric models can be used to study such data, providing estimates of the spectra and concentration profiles of the underlying chemical analytes. A high percentage of recoveries for the spiked green tea for gallic acid (i.e. 96.15 %-109.78 %) and caffeine (i.e. 93.75% -101.57%) indicate the high accuracies of the proposed calibration methods for the assessment of gallic acid and caffeine in green tea


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