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Comprehensive multidimensional GC for environmental analysis

Comprehensive multidimensional GC for environmental analysis
Matthew Jacobs

Authors

Jacobs M
University of Tasmania, Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS)

Edwards M
University of Waterloo

Górecki T
University of Waterloo

Shellie R
University of Tasmania, Australian Centre for Research on Separation Science (ACROSS)

Abstract

Petroleum spills are some of the most pervasive and persistent causes of pollution in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic regions. The consequences of such environmental contamination are far reaching in that petroleum spills are notably resistant towards natural degradation, while still being potent toxicants towards the flora and fauna of these ecosystems. As a result it is essential to instigate active environmental remediation for areas that have been exposed to petroleum spills as well as monitor the progress of such remediation.

Commonly gas chromatography (GC) has been employed in order to analyse the volatile and semi-volatile components of petroleum products. Unfortunately the application of GC towards fuel spills is complicated by the complexity of petroleum and the attenuation process used to clean up the spills. Often chromatograms reveal an unresolved complex mixture despite GC separation.

Comprehensive gas chromatography (GC×GC) offers far greater separation potential than GC however this generally comes at the cost of greater experimental complexity and cost. In this research, a simple to use, cryogen and consumable free GC×GC experimental setup has been developed which has excellent ability to separate and characterise Antarctic and sub-Antarctic fuel spill sites down trace levels.

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