Louisiana State University
As much as one-third of the oil entering the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well consists of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These compounds are soluble in water, toxic, and can be absorbed by seafood, rendering it tainted by smell and hazardous to consumers. The standard method for the determination of PAHs in seafood is gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometry, which is sensitive, but requires time-consuming extractions and separation steps that can take many hours to complete.
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