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Solid-phase Extraction Followed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry for the Quantitative Analysis of Semi-Volatile Hydrocarbons in Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewaters

Solid-phase Extraction Followed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry for the Quantitative Analysis of Semi-Volatile Hydrocarbons in Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewaters

Regnery, J., Coday, B. D., Riley, S. M., and Cath, T. Y.
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Analytical Methods / The Royal Society of Chemistry,  
August 2016

Recently, several publications targeting analytical approaches for produced water and hydraulic fracturing flowback from unconventional oil and gas (O&G) production expressed the immediate need for robust analytical methods for the quantification of (trace) organic chemicals in hydraulic fracturing waters.

This paper consists of a study about the quantitative analysis of individual semi-volatile organic compounds in hydraulic fracturing waters. More specifically, it presents a versatile method for the quantitative analysis of semi-volatile linear aliphatic hydrocarbons in the n-C10 to n-C32 range and 16 PAH in hydraulic fracturing waters using SPE on disposable octadecyl-bonded silica (C18) cartridges followed by GC-MS.

Regnery, J., Coday, B. D., Riley, S. M., and Cath, T. Y. 2016. "Solid-phase Extraction Followed by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry for the Quantitative Analysis of Semi-Volatile Hydrocarbons in Hydraulic Fracturing Wastewaters." Analytical Methods, 8(9), pp: 2058-2068.