Assessing the combined influence of TOC and black carbon in soil–air partitioning of PBDEs and DPs from the Indus River Basin, Pakistan

Ali, Usman and Mahmood, Adeel and Syed, Jabir Hussain and Li, Jun and Zhang, Gan and Katsoyiannis, Athanasios and Jones, Kevin C. and Malik, Riffat Naseem (2015) Assessing the combined influence of TOC and black carbon in soil–air partitioning of PBDEs and DPs from the Indus River Basin, Pakistan. Environmental Pollution, 201. pp. 131-140. ISSN 0269-7491

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Abstract

Abstract Levels of polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) and dechlorane plus (DPs) were investigated in the Indus River Basin from Pakistan. Concentrations of ∑PBDEs and ∑DPs were ranged between 0.05 and 2.38 and 0.002–0.53 ng g−1 in the surface soils while 1.43–22.1 and 0.19–7.59 pg m−3 in the passive air samples, respectively. Black carbon (fBC) and total organic carbon (fTOC) fractions were also measured and ranged between 0.73 and 1.75 and 0.04–0.2%, respectively. The statistical analysis revealed strong influence of fBC than fTOC on the distribution of PBDEs and DPs in the Indus River Basin soils. BDE's congener profile suggested the input of penta–bromodiphenylether (DE-71) commercial formulation in the study area. Soil–air partitioning of PBDEs were investigated by employing octanol-air partition coefficients (KOA) and black carbon-air partition coefficients (KBC−A). The results of both models suggested the combined influence of total organic carbon (absorption) and black carbon (adsorption) in the studied area.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Environmental Pollution
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3000/3005
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Lancaster Environment Centre
ID Code: 77472
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2016 15:14
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 07 Jan 2020 04:41
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/77472

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