A wide variety of contaminants with the potential to cause harm to humans and animals can make their way into the environment. They can be found in the air, water and soil and may come from sources such as industrial waste, landfill sites, pesticides and pharmaceutical drugs. Identifying these contaminants is challenging because of the huge variety of potential compounds with varying chemical compositions. These challenges call for sophisticated analytical techniques, such as Orbitrap-based high-resolution mass spectrometry, which provide distinct advantages.
In this new eBook we bring together some of the key application notes, written in collaboration with scientists from around the world, which demonstrate how GC-Orbitrap™ makes a real difference to environmental analysis.
Articles included are:
A Novel High Resolution Accurate Mass Orbitrap-based GC-MS Platform for Routine Analysis of Short Chained Chlorinated Paraffins
In this study, the performance of a novel bench top, high resolution accurate mass Orbitrap™-based GC-MS was tested for the analysis of SCCPs. System performance was tested using full-scan acquisition and simple instrumental setup.
Pyrolysis-GC-Orbitrap MS - A Powerful Analytical Tool for Identification and Quantification of Microplastics in a Biological Matrix
The purpose of the experiments described in this work was to assess the applicability of pyrolysis-gas chromatography-Orbitrap™ mass spectrometry for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of plastic polymers in complex biological matrices.
Low Level Quantification of NDMA and Non-targeted Contaminants Screening in Drinking Water using GC Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry
In this work, a sensitive and selective method for NDMA detection and quantification using high resolution accurate mass GC Orbitrap™ technology is described.
Overcoming Analytical Challenges for Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers (PBDEs) Analysis in Environmental Samples using Gas Chromatography – Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry
The note demonstrates the quantitative performance of the Thermo Scientific™ Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ GC-MS mass spectrometer for the analysis of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in environmental samples.
Versatility of GC-Orbitrap Mass Spectrometry for the Ultra-trace Detection of Persistent Organic Pollutants in Penguin Blood from Antarctica
In this study, the performance of the Thermo Scientific™ Q Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ mass spectrometer was evaluated for routine analysis of POPs within King penguin blood from Antarctica.
Discovery of Emerging Disinfection By-Products in Water Using Gas Chromatography Coupled with Orbitrap-based Mass Spectrometry
In this work, a novel gas chromatography, coupled with high-resolution accurate mass Orbitrap™ mass spectrometer has been used for iodo-DBPs detection and accurate mass identification in chlorinated and chloraminated water samples.
Full-scan Analytical Performance Exactive GC and the Q Exactive GC Mass Spectrometers
The objective of this study was to test the analytical performance of the Exactive™ GC system and the Q Exactive™ GC system using full-scan acquisition. Both mass spectrometers were evaluated for key analytical parameters such as scan speed, sensitivity, mass accuracy, dynamic range and linearity.
Case Study: GC Orbitrap MS/MS System Addresses an Expanding Set of Compounds of Concern to Health and the Environment
In this case study Dr Flavio Ciesa (Agenzia Provinciale per l’ambiente) explains how the Q Exactive™ GC Orbitrap™ GC-MS/MS system brings together the power of GC and HRAM Orbitrap™ MS to provide high-capacity targeted and untargeted component detection, even in extremely complex samples.