Simultaneous Determination of Oil Dispersants in Seawater and Crude Oil by LC and Tandem MS
DescriptionOn April 20, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon (MC-252) oil platform caught fire and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, creating a large release of oil and gas from the riser pipe and uncapped well head. Containment efforts included heavy use of oil dispersants Corexit EC9500A and Corexit EC9527A which were approved for use in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by the U.S. EPA. Tracking Corexit in the environment is a priority due to its low-to-moderate toxicity. We describe an analytical method capable of detecting its presence in seawater even when large dilution factors are expected.
|Keywords:||seawater, Environmental analysis, Oil spill, Corexit, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico|
|Matrix:||Crude oil, Seawater|
|Author:||Cesar E. Ramirez, Sudha Rani Batchu, and Piero R. Gardinali|
|Affiliation:||Florida International University - USA|
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