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Compound-specific chlorine isotope analysis of DDT and DDE provides estimate of the fraction of released compound that remains undegraded in the environment
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-25850OAI: diva2:200676
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-937Available from: 2006-04-19 Created: 2006-04-19 Last updated: 2010-01-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Compound-specific stable chlorine isotope analysis: A versatile tool for investigating biochemical and geochemical processes of organochlorine substances
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Compound-specific stable chlorine isotope analysis: A versatile tool for investigating biochemical and geochemical processes of organochlorine substances
2006 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Chlorinated organic compounds (OCls) from anthropogenic sources are generally considered to be a class of chemicals with high potential for ecotoxicity, including infamous substances such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), dichloro-dibenzo-trichloroethane (DDT) and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDD). OCls are also produced naturally, sometimes at the same order of magnitude as anthropogenic compounds. The scope of this thesis was to develop and apply a method for isotope analysis of OCls, as a part of compound-specific chlorine isotope analysis (CSIA-δ37Cl) of trace level compounds. Isotope analysis of chlorine was performed with sealed-tube combustion and thermal-ionization mass spectrometry (TIMS), in order to improve the analytical sensitivity by a factor 20 relative to conventional techniques.

Chlorine isotope signatures of organochlorines (δ37Cl-OCl) can be used for source apportionment in the natural vs. anthropogenic spectrum. CSIA-δ37Cl was tested as a tool to resolve the origin of putatively natural PCDD found in ball clay from the Mississippi Embayment, USA. Combined with results from 14C analysis, the δ37Cl-PCDD was consistent with a natural abiotic formation of PCDD.

Reactions involving the scission of a chemical bond to a molecular chlorine substituent will induce a shift in the δ37Cl-OCl of the remaining reactant. This concept was used to calculate the undegraded fraction of DDT in the Baltic marine environment (~7% DDT remaining) based on δ37Cl-OCl measurements of DDT harvested from seal blubber. Hence, it is suggested that CSIA-δ37Cl may be very useful in studies of fate and origin of OCls in the environment, and that further applications of the technique are warranted.

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Stockholm: Institutionen för tillämpad miljövetenskap (ITM), 2006. 33 p.
compound-specific chlorine isotope analysis, chlorinated organic compounds
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Environmental Sciences
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-937 (URN)91-7155-226-X (ISBN)
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2006-05-10, William-Olssonsalen, Geovetenskapens hus, Svante Arrhenius väg 8 A, Stockholm, 10:00
Available from: 2006-04-19 Created: 2006-04-19Bibliographically approved

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