Journal Highlight: Methods for determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in environmental samples – review

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Methods for determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers in environmental samples – review

Journal of Separation Science, 2012, 35, 2075-2087
Izabela Fulara, Marianna Czaplicka

The review discusses the potential of modern extraction techniques for the separation of PBDEs from environmental samples with a complex matrix. Abstract: Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) are a group of persistent organic pollutants. They are used as flame retardants in plastics, paints, varnishes and textile materials. PBDEs pose great risk to the environment because of their high persistence and ability to get into the environment easily due to the lack of chemical bonds with the matrix of materials, to which they are added. Global research studies confirmed the occurrence of those compounds in the majority of elements of water and land environment. Analysis of PBDEs in environmental samples is one of the specific analytical methods of criteria that comprise low detection limits and high selectivity. The analysis of PBDEs in environmental samples is one of the specific analytical methods, in which the main criteria are low detection limits and high selectivity. In this article, a literature review of methods for environmental sample preparation and analysis of the PBDE content was presented. The article discusses the potential of modern extraction techniques such as: solid-phase microextraction, single-drop microextraction, dispersive liquid–liquid microextraction, microwave-assisted extraction, cloud point extraction, hollow fibre–liquid phase microextraction and others for the separation of PBDEs from environmental samples with a complex matrix. Among the methods for qualitative and quantitative determination of PBDEs, a particular focus was put on gas chromatography/mass spectrometry with various injection techniques and different types of sample ionisation.

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