Development of DGT passive sampler for the assessment of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in water using AhR-CALUX as detection method

Xiaohan Zhang (Speaker), Gao, Y. (Contributor), Michael S. Denison (Contributor), Elskens, M. (Contributor)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference


Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous environmental pollutants generated primarily during incomplete combustions of organic materials (e.g. coal, oil, petrol, and wood). Anthropogenic emissions predominate in the environment and include residential heating, coal gasification and liquefying plants, carbon black as well as motor vehicle exhaust. PAHs are present in ambient air in the gas phase and in the form of aerosol, and eventually reach aquatic systems where they adsorb to particles. Many PAHs, as ligands to the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR), have toxic or carcinogenic properties. Considering the low concentration of PAHs (ng/L) in aquatic systems, the major goal of this study is to develop and validate a novel long-term monitoring tool for measuring PAHs in aquatic systems, specifically in urban and industrial wastewaters.
Period19 Feb 202021 Feb 2020
Event typeConference
LocationBlankenberge, Belgium
Degree of RecognitionInternational