A complete method for the quantitative analysis of planar, mono, and diortho PCB's, polychlorinated dibenzo-dioxins, and furans in environmental samples Conference Paper uri icon


  • A novel method is presented for the separation and quantitative determination of planar (non-ortho), mono-ortho, di-ortho PCB's, polychlorinated dibenzo-dioxins (PCDD's) and dibenzo-furans (PCDF's) in environmental samples. The procedure, which combines the advantages of acid-silica and alumina cleanup is then complemented by the separation, of the targeted analytes, by selective elution from an AX-21 Activated Charcoal/Silca gel cromatographic column based on the 'relative planarity' of the molecules. The protocol allows for an independent estimate of the compounds responsible for more than 99% of the 'dioxin-like' toxicity by analizing four different fractions using high resolution gas chromatography with electron capture detection and isotopic dilution high resolution gas chromatography/high resolution mass spectrometry. The procedure allows the selective determination of AHH active PCB's, Planar PCB's, Dioxins and Furans at the parts per tillion levels.

author list (cited authors)

  • Gardinali, P. R., Wade, T. L., Chambers, L., & Brooks, J. M.

citation count

  • 14

publication date

  • January 1996