Determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in soil from e-waste recycling site

Zongwei CAI*, Guibin Jiang

*Corresponding author for this work

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Soil samples collected from an electronic waste recycling site were prepared by using Soxhlet extraction and multiple-step column chromatographic clean-up. Gas chromatography/ion trap mass spectrometry method was developed to determine polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in the sample extracts. The method performance was evaluated by the recovery of 13C-labeled internal standards and by analyzing quality assurance and quality control samples. Relative error and relative standard deviation obtained from the analysis of duplicated samples and spiked matrix were better than 10%. PBDEs were detected in the field soil samples collected from an e-wastes disposal site at levels from low parts-per-billions to 600 parts-per-billions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-90
Number of pages3
Issue number1 SPEC. ISS.
Publication statusPublished - 15 Aug 2006

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Analytical Chemistry

User-Defined Keywords

  • e-Waste
  • GC-ion trap MS
  • PBDEs
  • Soil


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