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Environ Pollut. 2008 Nov;156(2):316-24. doi: 10.1016/j.envpol.2008.02.007. Epub 2008 Mar 21.

Passive sampling of selected endocrine disrupting compounds using polar organic chemical integrative samplers.

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Environmental Pollution Control Laboratory, Chemistry Department, Aristotle University, 54 124 Thessaloniki, Greece.


Two types of polar organic chemical integrative samplers (pharmaceutical POCIS and pesticide POCIS) were examined for their sampling efficiency of selected endocrine disrupting compounds (EDCs). Laboratory-based calibration of POCISs was conducted by exposing them at high and low concentrations of 14 EDCs (4-alkyl-phenols, their ethoxylate oligomers, bisphenol A, selected estrogens and synthetic steroids) for different time periods. The kinetic studies showed an integrative uptake up to 28days. The sampling rates for the individual compounds were obtained. The use of POCISs could result in an integrative approach to the quality status of the aquatic systems especially in the case of high variation of water concentrations of EDCs. The sampling efficiency of POCISs under various field conditions was assessed after their deployment in different aquatic environments.

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