Fresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry

, Volume 351, Issue 1, pp 98–109 | Cite as

Isomer-specific determination of 79 polychlorinated diphenyl ethers (PCDE) in cod liver oils, chlorophenols and in a fly ash

  • Joachim Kurz
  • Karlheinz Ballschmiter
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The occurrence of polychlorinated diphenyl ethers (PCDEs) has been investigated in two different cod liver oils produced in 1985 and 1993, respectively, from North-Atlantic fish. These samples mirror the distribution of PCDEs among other persistent organochlorine compounds in the marine environment. To elucidate the input of PCDEs in the environment, five possible sources of PCDEs have been analyzed, namely two wood preserving formulations containing approximately 10% pentachlorophenol, two technical chlorophenol products, and one fly ash from a municipal waste incinerator. The determination has been based on 106 available PCDE congeners. During sample preparation a 2-(l-pyrenyl)ethyldimethylsilylated silica column has been used in the normal phase mode to separate the PCDEs from possible PCDF interferences. The PCDEs have been quantified by high resolution gas chromatography/mass spectrometry on a SE 54 capillary column using electron ionization and selected ion monitoring. The total amount of PCDEs in 2,3,4,6-tetrachlorophenol have been determined to be 213 mg/kg. The lowest concentrations of PCDEs have been found in the more recently produced cod liver oil (sum PCDEs: 49 μg/kg) and in the fly ash sample (sum PCDEs: 93 µg/kg), respectively. The isomer-specific analysis has been employed to characterize the relationship between possible sources and the PCDEs found in the environment. PCDEs, like PCBs, can be indicator molecules for the global pollution of the environment.


PCBs Chlorophenol Diphenyl Ether Pentachlorophenol Organochlorine Compound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joachim Kurz
    • 1
  • Karlheinz Ballschmiter
    • 1
  1. 1.Abteilung Analytische Chemie und UmweltchemieUniversität UlmUlm/DonauGermany

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