Polychlorinated Biphenyls: Their Potential Interference with Pesticide Residue Analysis and Present Analytical Status

  • Jeffrey L. Lincer
Part of the Progress in Analytical Chemistry book series (PAC)


The word “polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)” has become common to analytical chemists working on pesticide residue analysis. Although discussions of their properties have been included in recent reviews (Peakall-Lincer, 1970, Reynolds, 1971) a brief introduction to these properties follows for those not familiar with this group of industrial contaminants. The basic structure is depicted in Figure 1, The positions marked by an x can be substituted by a chlorine. Widmark (1968) calculated that of 210 possible combinations, 102 are probable.


POLYCHLORINATED Biphenyl Organochlorine Pesticide Polyvinyl Acetate Heptachlor Epoxide Pesticide Residue Analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey L. Lincer
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  1. 1.Section of Ecology & SystematicsCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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