Water, Air, & Soil Pollution

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Comparison of Stir Bar Sorptive Extraction (SBSE) and Solid Phase Microextraction (SPME) for the Analysis of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAH) in Complex Aqueous Soil Leachates

  • Oliver KrügerEmail author
  • Sina Olberg
  • Rainer Senz
  • Franz-Georg Simon


Stir bar sorptive extraction (SBSE) and solid phase microextraction (SPME) are well-established sample preparation methods for the analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aqueous samples. However, complex matrices especially characterized by slurry particles and dissolved organic matter (DOM) can hamper the extraction of PAH with both SBSE and SPME and lead to different results. Thus, we produced aqueous eluates from PAH-contaminated soils differing in particle size distribution and organic matter content and determined the PAH concentration in the eluates with both SBSE and SPME. Furthermore, we tested the influence of filtration on the PAH analysis. The excess finding of PAH with SBSE compared to SPME ranged from −16.6 to 24.5 %. The differences increased after filtration. We found a strong positive correlation of the excess finding to the total organic carbon content (TOC) and a negative one to the pH value. The results indicate that SBSE is less affected by complex matrices than SPME.


Leaching tests Complex environmental samples Stir bar sorptive extraction Solid phase microextraction Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Oliver Krüger
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sina Olberg
    • 2
  • Rainer Senz
    • 2
  • Franz-Georg Simon
    • 1
  1. 1.Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und –prüfung (BAM)BerlinGermany
  2. 2.University of Applied Sciences BerlinBerlinGermany

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