Environmental Science and Pollution Research

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 123–124 | Cite as

Determination of chemical warfare agents in soil and material samples

Gas chromatographic analysis of phenylarsenic compounds (sternutators) (1st communication)
  • Rainer Haas
  • Alfred Krippendorf
Short Original Communications


A gas Chromatographic method for the determination of phenylarsenic compounds (sternutators) and their metabolites in soil and material samples is described. The chemical warfare agents (CWA), but not their hydrolysis and oxidation products, can be detected with GC/ECD. After derivatization with thiols or dithiols, the sum of diphenylarsenic and phenylarsenic compounds can be determined with GC/ECD.

The comparison of the analytical results with and without derivatization shows that the sternutators in the investigated samples are metabolized in part.


Analysis chemical warfare agents CWA derivatization gas chromatography phenylarsenic compounds sternutators 


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© Ecomed Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rainer Haas
    • 1
  • Alfred Krippendorf
    • 2
  1. 1.Büro für Altlastenerkundung und UmweltforschungMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Hazard Control GmbHFaßbergGermany

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