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Persistent Organic Pollutants (Dioxins, Furans, PCBs, PAHs, PBDEs)

Persistent Organic Pollutants (Dioxins, Furans, PCBs, PAHs, PBDEs)

Accurate, reliable detection of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) include many different and diverse classes of chemicals including dioxins, furans, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diethyl ethers (PBDEs), polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), endrin, DDT and others. These compounds are produced intentionally or unintentionally as waste materials during industrial and commercial applications and manufacturing process. Research shows that POPs are extremely toxic to humans and wildlife even at very low concentrations. Many of these contaminants are known to be extremely persistent in the environment even after several decades and are bioaccumulative as they are passed passing along the food web and shared between species.

Due to their toxicity, and persistence, several countries around the world have taken significant steps to limit environmental pollution from POPs. Despite being a focus of the Stockholm Convention, and both local and federal regulations POPs are still widely used, especially in developing economies. Additionally, legacy sites containing dangerous levels of POPs contamination can be found in many regions of the world. Since POPs contamination spreads easily, the need for efficient, effective containment procedures to protect both the environment and humans is still a vital issue. Agilent’s advanced detection solutions offer the sensitivity and analytical capabilities to identify and quantify POPs, characterizing complex samples at extremely low concentration levels. Agilent’s Triple quadrupole GC-MS and LC-MS systems offer the desired sensitivity for low level detection of these POPs, while providing unparalleled robustness and reliability to analyze POPs in water, air, soil and other environmental matrices. The GC/Q-TOF & LC/Q-TOF systems allow customers to comprehensively characterize the entire chemical profile of POPs contamination along with identification of emerging compounds, ensuring the ability to protect the environment from POPs contamination.