National Research Council of Canada. NRC Institute for Marine Biosciences
A major problem in the determination of polycyclic aromatic compounds (PACs) in environmental samples is the extreme complexity of the extracts, even after extensive fractionation. The combination of high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with simultaneous mass spectrometry (MS) and ultraviolet diode array detection (DAD) is a powerful tool for the identification and quantitation of such species with a high degree of confidence. HPLC allows the selective separation of a wide variety of PACs, including thermally labile and high molecular weight compounds. Electron ionization MS with the moving belt interface provides high sensitivity and selectivity, as well as structural information such as molecular weight, functional groups, and elemental composition. The diode array detector helps to differentiate isomeric structures and confirm compound identity.
Journal of Chromatographic Science26, no. 4: 160–167.