Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 339, Issue 10, pp 780–784

Analysis of anthropogenic and biogenic lipids in the aerosol of a coastal area in East Mediterranean Sea

  • Euripides G. Stephanou
Biological Interaction And Effects Of Environmental Hydrocarbons

DOI: 10.1007/BF00321744

Cite this article as:
Stephanou, E.G. Fresenius J Anal Chem (1991) 339: 780. doi:10.1007/BF00321744


The concentrations of lipids were determined in atmospheric particle samples, collected seasonally, in an urban coastal area of the Island of Crete. Lipid compound classes, such as n-alkanes, hopanes and steranes, PAH, fatty alcohols, fatty acids and fatty acids selts, were determined by GC-FID and GC-MS analysis. The concentrations ranged between 56–215 ng/m3 for n-alkanes, 10–52 ng/m3 for PAH, 2–31 ng/m3 for fatty alcohols, 13–279 ng/m3 for fatty acids and 24–220 ng/m3 for fatty acid salts. ω-Oxocarboxylic acids were also determined as salts, indicating the atmospheric oxidation of unsaturated fatty acids.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Euripides G. Stephanou
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Environmental Chemistry, Department of ChemistryUniversity of CreteHeraclionGreece
  2. 2.Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (IMBC)HeraclionGreece