Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 397, Issue 2, pp 423–432 | Cite as

Marine mammal blubber reference and control materials for use in the determination of halogenated organic compounds and fatty acids

  • John R. Kucklick
  • Michele M. Schantz
  • Rebecca S. Pugh
  • Barbara J. Porter
  • Dianne L. Poster
  • Paul R. Becker
  • Teri K. Rowles
  • Stefan Leigh
  • Stephen A. Wise
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The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a diverse collection of control materials derived from marine mammal blubber, fat, and serum. Standard Reference Material (SRM) 1945 Organics in Whale Blubber was recertified for polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, organochlorine pesticides, and polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) congeners. SRM 1945 has also been assigned mass fraction values for compounds not frequently determined in marine samples including toxaphene congeners, coplanar PCBs, and methoxylated PBDE congeners which are natural products. NIST also has assigned mass fraction values, as a result of interlaboratory comparison exercises, for PCB congeners, organochlorine pesticides, PBDE congeners, and fatty acids in six homogenate materials produced from marine mammal blubber or serum. The materials are available from NIST upon request; however, the supply is very limited for some of the materials. The materials include those obtained from pilot whale blubber (Homogenates III and IV), Blainville’s beaked whale blubber (Homogenate VII), polar bear fat (Homogenate VI), and California sea lion serum (Marine Mammal Control Material-1 Serum) and blubber (Homogenate V).


Persistent organic pollutants Reference materials Marine mammal Fatty acids 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Kucklick
    • 1
  • Michele M. Schantz
    • 2
  • Rebecca S. Pugh
    • 1
  • Barbara J. Porter
    • 2
  • Dianne L. Poster
    • 2
  • Paul R. Becker
    • 1
  • Teri K. Rowles
    • 3
  • Stefan Leigh
    • 2
  • Stephen A. Wise
    • 2
  1. 1.The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Hollings Marine LaboratoryCharlestonUSA
  2. 2.NIST, Analytical Chemistry DivisionGaithersburgUSA
  3. 3.National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNational Marine Fisheries ServiceSilver SpringUSA

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