Hydrocarbons, Polynuclear Aromatic

Authored by: Pradyot Patnaik

Handbook of Environmental Analysis

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781498745611
eBook ISBN: 9781315151946
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PAHs are aromatic compounds that contain two or more benzene rings that are fused together. These substances may be analyzed by HPLC, GC, GC/MS, and enzyme immunoassay techniques. The latter is a rapid screening method that may be applied for a qualitative or semiquantitative determination. Test kits are commercially available for such screening. The U.S. EPA (1995) has specified a method (Draft Method 4035) that detects a range of PAHs to different degrees and measures the composite of individual responses to determine the total PAHs in the sample.

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