Automatic Analysis of Organic Pollutants in Water Via GC/MS

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


The use of gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS) systems for the routine analysis of organic pollutants in water samples has grown significantly during the last few years (Kopf1er et al, 1977; Games and Hites, 1977). However, these systems have had several disadvantages; namely, the need for a highly skilled operator and the need for elaborate sample preparation prior to analysis.


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Beggs
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  1. 1.Hewlett-Packard CompanyPalo AltoUSA

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