Application of pyrolysis-GC/MS for rapid assessment of organic contamination in sediments from Barcelona harbor

Michael Kruge, Albert Permanyer

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Scopus citations

Abstract

Pyrolysis-GC/MS is advantageous as a tool for rapid sediment contamination assessment because of the small sample size required, minimal sample preparation and its ability to detect a wide variety of organic pollutants as well as naturally-occurring biological materials. Py-GC/MS was applied, together with determination of organic carbon, and major and minor element concentrations, to evaluate potentially contaminated sediments in the port of Barcelona (Spain) and the adjacent Llobregat River delta. Detected contaminant markers, most evident in the Old Port (Port Vell) area, included hopanes and alkylated PAHs (petroleum), sterenes (sewage), C 16-C 19 phenylalkanes (detergents) and parent PAHs (combusted fuels).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1395-1408
Number of pages14
JournalOrganic Geochemistry
Volume35
Issue number11-12 SPEC. ISS.
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2004

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Application of pyrolysis-GC/MS for rapid assessment of organic contamination in sediments from Barcelona harbor'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this