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

Michael Kruge, Albert Permanyer

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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

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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Ports and harbors
pyrolysis
Sediments
harbor
Pyrolysis
Contamination
Organic pollutants
Petroleum
PAH
Sewage
Organic carbon
Detergents
Biological materials
sediment
Rivers
detergent
Impurities
sample preparation
organic pollutant

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