Journal / Book Title
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), C16-C19 phenylalkanes (detergents) and parent PAHs (combusted fuels).
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Kruge, Michael A. and Permanyer, Albert, "Application of Pyrolysis-GC/MS for Rapid Assessment of Organic Contamination in Sediments from Barcelona Harbor" (2004). Department of Earth and Environmental Studies Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 81.
Kruge M.A. and Permanyer A (2004) Application of pyrolysis-GC/MS for rapid assessment of organic contamination in sediments from Barcelona harbor: Organic Geochemistry 35:1395-1408.