A method for the quantitation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)

Kimmo Himberg, Päivi Julkunen, Heikki Pyysalo

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The varying composition of chlorinated biphenyl mixtures (PCBs) in various matrices poses several difficulties for their quantitation. This work describes a proposal for the quantitation of PCBs on the basis of nine signal congeners. The selected signal compounds include Cl2 - Cl8 chlorinated congeners and they can be used in evaluating the PCB content of food, environmental and occupational samples. The detection is carried out by gas chromatography using an electron capture or mass selective detector. Model chromatograms of several commercial PCB mixtures are given.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)951-38-2814-X
Publication statusPublished - 1987
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesValtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tiedotteita


  • polychlorinated biphenyls
  • PCB
  • chlorine aromatic compounds
  • biphenyl
  • gas chromatography
  • quantitative analysis
  • food
  • environments


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