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Fluorescence Monitoring And Parallel Factor Analysis Of Contaminant Mixtures In Water, Nina M. Caputo Jan 2015

Fluorescence Monitoring And Parallel Factor Analysis Of Contaminant Mixtures In Water, Nina M. Caputo

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Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) pollute our water systems regularly by entering the environment through inefficient methods of water treatment, ineffective sanitation and unregulated industrial and agricultural runoff. Currently, the most common methods of identifying PCPPs are expensive, time consuming and often require the aid of a trained expert. This project aims to further the methodology of utilizing fluorescence spectroscopy as a means of pollutant detection with a focus on contaminant mixtures. Four non-regulated EPA contaminants were fluoresced at compound specific EEM parameters and then again in two component mixtures to determine their limits of detection (LOD). The results ...