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A qualitative screening and quantitative measurement of organic contaminants on different types of marine plastic debris
Gauquie, J.; Devriese, L.; Robbens, J.; De Witte, B. (2015). A qualitative screening and quantitative measurement of organic contaminants on different types of marine plastic debris. Chemosphere 138: 348-356. hdl.handle.net/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.06.029
In: Chemosphere. Elsevier: Oxford. ISSN 0045-6535, more
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Keyword
    PCB
Author keywords
    Plastic litter; Beached pellet; PAH; Contaminant screening

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Abstract
    Chemical compounds present on plastic were characterised on different types of plastic litter and beached pellets, using a general GC–MS screening method. A variety of plastic related compounds, such as building blocks, antioxidants, additives and degradation products, were identified next to diverse environmental pollutants and biofilm compounds. A validated method for the analysis of PAHs and PCBs on beached pellets at the Belgian Coast, showed concentrations of ? 16 EPA-PAHs of 1076–3007 ng g-1 plastic, while the concentrations of ? 7 OSPAR-PCBs ranged from 31 to 236 ng g-1 plastic. The wide variety of plastic compounds retrieved in the general screening showed the importance of plastic as a potential source of contaminants and their degradation products.

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