Determination of meloxicam using europium sensitized luminescence in the presence of co-luminescence reagents

Salma Muhamed Z. Al-Kindy*, Salim K. Al-Habsy, Fakhr Eldin O. Suliman, Haidar A.J. Al-Lawati

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A sensitive time- resolved luminescence method for the determination of meloxicam (MX) in methanol and in aqueous solution is described. The method is based on the luminescence sensitization of europium (Eu 3+) by formation of ternary complex with MX in the presence of 1,10- phenanthroline as coligand, Tween-80 as surfactant and gadolinium ion as a co-luminescence reagent. The signal for Eu- MX-1, 10- phenanthroline is monitored at λ ex=360 nm and λ em=620 nm. Optimum conditions for the formation of the complex in aqueous system were 0.01 M TRIS buffer, pH 8.0, 1,10- phenanthroline (6.0×10 -6 M), Gd 3+ (7.0×10 -6 M), Tween-80 (0.28%) and 1.75 mM of Eu 3+ which allows the determination of 20.800 ppb of MX with limit of detection (LOD) of 7 ppb. The relative standard deviations of the method range between 0.1 and 1.1% indicating excellent reproducibility of the method. The proposed method was successfully applied for the assay of MX in pharmaceutical formulations, plasma and in urine samples. Average recoveries of 99.8-1.1%, 100.2-0.9% and 100.9-1.1% were obtained for MX in tablet, plasma and urine sample respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)467-474
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Fluorescence
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Co-luminescence
  • Meloxicam
  • Plasma
  • Sensitized luminescence
  • Urine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Spectroscopy
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Law


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