Equilibrium sampling: Partitioning of organochlorine compounds from lipids into polydimethylsiloxane

Annika Jahnke, Michael S. McLachlan, Philipp Mayer

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Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) can be used for equilibrium sampling of environmental pollutants in a large variety of matrices including biota. For comparison with lipid-normalized concentrations e.g. from biota monitoring programmes, reliable lipid to PDMS partition ratios K(Lipid,PDMS)) are required. Addition, ally, K(LiPid,PDMS) facilitate comparison of equilibrium sampling data obtained in various environmental media and can be helpful to convert equilibrium sampling data into a more informative form. This work investigated the equilibrium partitioning of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and selected arganochlorine pesticides (OCPs) between lipids from biota of different trophic levels and PDMS. One vegetable oil, a fish oil and seal oil were investigated. The lipid to PDMS partition ratios were compound-specific and ranged from 14.5 to 62.9 g/g with correction for lipid uptake into the PDMS and from 13.0 to 54.8 g/g without correction. Additionally, PDMS served as a reference partitioning phase for the accurate determination of lipid to lipid partition ratios, which for all analytes were close to unity. Evaluating the results in a bioaccumulation context, they indicate that the equilibrium partitioning of neutral lipophilic environmental contaminants into the lipids of the three investigated species will be very similar, although they represent three distinct trophic levels. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1575-1581
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • In tissue sampling
  • Equilibrium sampling devices (ESDs)
  • Partition ratios
  • K(Lipid),PDMS
  • Solid phase microextraction (SPME)
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)


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