Determination of the source and fate of natural (higher plant lipids, marine
lipids, etc.) and anthropogenically (e.g., petroleum, coal emissions) derived
hydrocarbons and oxygenated compounds in the environment was accomplished
using gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)
to characterize or identify molecular biomarkers to be utilized as tracers....
SOCs volatility and persistence properties cause many SOCs to become ubiquitous in the environment as well as accumulate in areas with lower temperatures such as polar or orographic regions. Many anthropogenic SOCs pose a serious risk to human and ecosystem health because of their persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic properties in...
More than 65,000 organic chemicals are currently in commercial production with
approximately 1000 added each year. Many chemicals are released into the environment as organic mixtures derived from complex hazardous or solid wastes. Of these, more than 1000 chemicals are of environmental concern because of their production quantities, toxicity, persistence,...
The atmospheric transport of anthropogenic semivolatile organic compounds (SOCs) from Asian sources to the Western U.S. was investigated. In addition, the SOC extraction method was optimized. Hansen solubility parameter plots were used to aid in the pressurized liquid extraction (PLE) solvent selection of air sampling media in order to minimize...
Sources of polar/water-soluble organic compounds conjunctly with apolar
biomarkers were characterized in natural organic matter. This multi-biomarker
approach was accomplished by a simple analytical method consisting of extraction
with dichloromethane:methanol (2:1, v/v), silylation and analysis by gaschromatography-
mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Polar and apolar biomarkers, derived
mainly from higher plants and...
The transport and deposition of airborne contaminants, including semivolatile
organic compounds (SOCs), to high elevation ecosystems is
recognized as a potential threat to these ecosystems. The objectives of
this research were to develop an analytical method to measure a wide
range of SOCs in high elevation lake sediment and to...