Comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography for the analysis of organohalogenated micro-contaminants

P. Korytar, P. Haglund, J. de Boer, U.A.Th. Brinkman

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We explain the principles of comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC × GC), and discuss key instrumental aspects - with emphasis on column combinations and mass spectrometric detection. As the main item of interest, we review the potential of GC × GC for the analysis of organohalogenated micro-contaminants, and highlight its superiority over conventional 1D-GC. We present results for 12 compound classes, including polychlorinated biphenyls, dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans, and n-alkanes, toxaphene and polybrominated diphenyl ethers. We draw attention to target analysis as well as within-class and between-class separations
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)373-396
JournalTrAC : Trends in Analytical Chemistry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2006


  • flight mass-spectrometry
  • polybrominated diphenyl ethers
  • electron-capture detection
  • gc x gc
  • chiral polychlorinated-biphenyls
  • dibenzo-p-dioxins
  • structural information
  • chlorinated bornanes
  • simple nomenclature
  • food samples


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