Determination of Purgeable Organics in Sediment

  • David N. Speis
Part of the Environmental Science Research book series (ESRH, volume 16)


The analysis of volatile organic compounds in sediment poses challenging problems. Previous methods have been insensitive to low concentrations of volatiles in sediments. The reasons behind this are twofold. Sediment analysis is usually limited to a 50 gm sample size for ease of sample handling. A liquid extraction of a sediment sample this large would be difficult. The large volumes of solvent required could not be concentrated by any solvent stripping technique without loss of the organics in question. Head space analysis is limited to small volume injections of low concentration resulting in a minimum detectable limit of 25 ppb “EMSL, Cincinnati, Ohio” (1977).


Volatile Organic Compound Tetrachloroethy Lene Minimum Detectable Limit Head Space Analysis Aluminum Seal 
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  1. Bellar, T.A.; Lichtenberg, J.J., and Kroner, R.C., Determining Volatile Organics in Microgram per Liter levels by Gas Chromatography. Journal American Water Works Association, Volume 66, No. 12, December 1974.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • David N. Speis
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  1. 1.U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyEdisonUSA

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