STP886

    Nontarget Compound Analysis of Hazardous Waste and Environmental Extracts by Combined FSCC/GC/FT-IR and FSCC/GC/MS

    Published: Jan 1985


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    Abstract

    Complex environmental wastes have been analyzed by fused silica capillary column gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (FSCC/GC/MS) and fused silica capillary column gas chromatography/Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FSCC/GC/FT-IR). The two techniques used in conjunction are capable of determining or confirming the compound class of at least two thirds of all extract analytes. Detailed analytical results are presented that demonstrate that the relative strengths and shortcomings of each method are different and thus using both in conjunction leads to the identification of a far greater number of analytes than the use of either one alone. It is postulated that the present cost of using both techniques in conjunction can be substantially lowered by the direct interfacing of both spectrometers and the development of suitable computer software.

    Keywords:

    fused silica capillary column gas chromatography/mass spectrometer (FSCC/GC/MS), fused silica capillary column gas chromatography/Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FSCC/GC/FT-IR), response factor, hit index, Gas Infrared Fourier Transform Software (GIFTS), Instrument Control Operating System (INCOS), hazardous wastes


    Author Information:

    Gurka, DF
    Research chemist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory, Las Vegas, NV

    Hiatt, MH
    Research chemist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Environmental Monitoring Systems Laboratory, Las Vegas, NV

    Titus, RL
    Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV


    Paper ID: STP36369S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D34.07

    DOI: 10.1520/STP36369S


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