Benzo(a)pyrene in the Marine Environment: Analytical Techniques and Results
The class of compounds known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) includes a number of potent carcinogens. Knowledge of the origin, distribution, and fate of PAH in the aquatic environment requires sensitive and reliable procedures for their measurement. Unfortunately, measurement of PAH in aquatic samples is frequently more difficult than analysis of these compounds in other samples such as air pollution particulates, cigarette smoke condensate, or coal tar or petroleum products. Levels of individual compounds are often low, and they may be intimately mixed with a complex organic matrix, such as the tissues of marine organisms or in the organic material of sediments.
KeywordsPolycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Cigarette Smoke Condensate Aryl Hydrocarbon Hydroxylase Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Compound Alkaline Digestion
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