TITLE

Determining PAHs and PCBs in aqueous samples: finding and evaluating sources of error

AUTHOR(S)
Wolska, Lidia; Rawa-Adkonis, Magdalena; NamieĊ›nik, Jacek
PUB. DATE
July 2005
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Jul2005, Vol. 382 Issue 6, p1389
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This work describes the problems that occur during routine multi-step determinations of polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), which can be present at trace levels in water, and identifies sources of analyte losses at particular steps during the analytical procedure. PAH and PCB adsorption onto the walls of the container ranged from 0 to 70%. PAH and PCB recoveries of >70% were achieved during the LLE and SPE extraction steps. During the process of enriching the dichloromethane extract with PAHs and PCBs, based on the gentle evaporation of solvent, losses were <24% and <19%, respectively. Model experiments show that neither isolation of PAHs and PCBs (performed using either LLE or SPE) nor extract enrichment reduce the reliability of PAH and PCB determination. The steps that lead to the greatest loss of analyte are the ones that involve sampling, transport and storage of the water samples.
ACCESSION #
17628704

 

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