Profiling refined hydrocarbon fuels using polar components

Environmental Forensics
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Identification of a fuel released into the environment can be difficult due to biodegradation or weathering. Negative electrospray ionization/mass spectrometry was used to screen for unique polar components in a wide variety of commercial hydrocarbon products and mixtures. These fuels produced unique and relatively simple spectra. When applied to hydrocarbon samples from a large, long-term fuel spill in a relatively cool climate in which the alkane, isoprenoid, and alkylcyclohexane portions had begun to biodegrade or weather, the polar components in these samples had changed little over time. This technique provided rapid fuel identification on hydrocarbons released into the environment, without sample preparation, fractionation, or chromatography.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Profiling refined hydrocarbon fuels using polar components
Series title Environmental Forensics
DOI 10.1080/15275920601180677
Volume 8
Issue 1-2
Year Published 2007
Language English
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Contributing office(s) Toxic Substances Hydrology Program
Description 9 p.
Larger Work Title Environmental Forensics
First page 129
Last page 137
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