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Potential application of synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy to determine benzo[a]pyrene in soil extracts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Guoxiong Hua, Dr Ian Singleton


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Benzo[a]pyrene (BaP) is a significant environmental pollutant and rapid, accurate methods to quantify this compound in soil for both research and environmental investigation purposes are required. In this work, solvent extracts from five contrasting soils spiked with four different polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) were rapidly analysed by using a synchronous fluorescence spectroscopy (SFS) method. The SFS method was validated using HPLC with ultraviolet detection. A good correlation for the quantification of BaP in soil extracts by the two methods was observed. The detection limit of the SFS method was 1.6 × 10-9 g/ml in CTAB micellar medium (7.8 mmol/l). The work demonstrates that SFS has potential as a sensitive, accurate, rapid, simple and economic methodology and an efficient alternative to HPLC for fast confirmation and quantification of BaP in complex soil extracts. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Hua G, Killham K, Singleton I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Environmental Pollution

Year: 2006

Volume: 139

Issue: 2

Pages: 272-278

ISSN (print): 0269-7491

ISSN (electronic): 1873-6424

Publisher: Pergamon


DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2005.05.012

PubMed id: 16040173


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