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  • Determination of organochlorine compounds in neuston from the Mediterranean.

Determination of organochlorine compounds in neuston from the Mediterranean.

Environmental technology (2009-01-20)
N García-Flor, R Alzaga, L Ortiz, J M Bayona, J Albaigés
ABSTRACT

A reliable analytical procedure was developed to determine trace levels of organochlorine compounds in neuston samples. Freeze-dried samples were extracted by sonication (3 x 15 ml cyclohexane, 15 min) followed by gel permeation chromatography (GPC) and gas chromatography electron capture detection (GC-ECD) determination. Neuston samples may present great differences in their lipid content, which may become a drawback for the analytical determination of hydrophobic pollutants. In this way, GPC fractionation combined with Florisil cleanup was successfully used to avoid potential lipidic interferences in the GC-ECD determination. Organochlorine compounds were determined by GC-ECD and a standard addition method was performed to evaluate the recoveries of 41 PCB individual congeners (80 +/- 20%). The congeners with lower K(ow) (octanal water partition coeeficient) values showed lower recoveries (54 +/- 7%) than the more lipophylic ones (80 +/- 7%). The limits of detection ranged from 0.001 to 0.211 ng g(-1) of wet samples. The reproducibility of the developed analytical methodology for independent replicates (n = 3) at low pg g(-1) levels was quite satisfactory (RSD 18 +/- 10%).

MATERIALS
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Brand
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Supelco
Florisil® Adsorbent for Chromatography, 30-60 mesh
Supelco
Florisil® Adsorbent for Chromatography, 60-100 mesh
Sigma-Aldrich
Florisil®, 100-200 mesh
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Florisil®, PR grade, 60-100 mesh, coarse powder
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Florisil®, 100-200 mesh, fine powder
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Florisil®, for the determination of hydrocarbon acc. to ISO 9377-2
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Florisil®, <200 mesh, fine powder
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Florisil® PR, PR grade (analysis acc. to FDA)