TITLE

Microheterogeneity evaluation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in particulate standard reference materials

AUTHOR(S)
Lippa, Katrice a.; Schantz, Michele M.
PUB. DATE
April 2007
SOURCE
Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry;Apr2007, Vol. 387 Issue 7, p2389
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
With the emergence of highly sensitive analytical techniques, the microanalysis of natural-matrix materials employing smaller sample sizes is increasingly more common, which subsequently warrants a homogeneity assessment for the individual components at the appropriate sampling level. Pressurized liquid extraction (PLE) in combination with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) has been used to determine the sampling constants and evaluate the relative homogeneity of trace levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) for two previously certified particulate standard reference materials, SRM 1649a Urban Dust and SRM 1650b Diesel Particulate Matter, in the milligram sampling range. Fluoranthene, pyrene, benz[ a]anthracene and benzo[ e]pyrene within SRM 1650b Diesel Particulate Matter were deemed to be homogeneous, based on relatively small sampling constants ( K S<100 mg), whereas the larger sampling constants ( K S>100 mg) obtained for all PAHs in SRM 1649a Urban Dust suggest more material heterogeneity. The material heterogeneity of ten individual PAHs (phenanthrene, anthracene, fluoranthene, pyrene, benz[ a]anthracene, benzo[ k]fluoranthene, benzo[ e]pyrene, benzo[ a]pyrene, indeno[1,2,3- cd]pyrene and benzo[ ghi]perylene) was also described via nonlinear relationships (i.e., power law) between subsampling error S s (%) and sample mass, which are used to predict analyte-specific minimum sample masses that result in a specific level of analytical uncertainty.
ACCESSION #
24259190

 

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