New Laser-Based Methodologies for the Determination of Organic Pollutants via Fluorescence

  • Johnie C. Brown
  • John M. Hayes
  • Jonathan A. Warren
  • Gerald J. Small
Part of the Contemporary Instrumentation and Analysis book series (CIA)


One of today’s most important and challenging analytical problems is the development of selective, sensitive, and quantitative methodologies for the analysis of complex mixtures of organic pollutants. These pollutants derive from a variety of sources including chemical industry, agricultural land, and advanced energy technology. At present, the methods of choice for analysis of mixtures of organic pollutants are gas chromatography—mass spectrometry (GC—MS) and high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC). Neither, however, is completely satisfactory. GC—MS, for example, often is unable to distinguish between geometric isomers. This is particularly troublesome in the determination of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), species whose mutagenic and carcinogenic properties depend strongly on isomeric structure and substitution (1). Such species are generated from coal, synthetic fuel, and shale oil.


Water Glass Selective Excitation Organic Glass Vibronic Band Vibronic State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johnie C. Brown
    • 1
  • John M. Hayes
    • 1
  • Jonathan A. Warren
    • 1
  • Gerald J. Small
    • 1
  1. 1.Ames Laboratory, USDOE, and Department of ChemistryIowa State UniversityAmesUSA

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