Real-Time Tracking of Oil Spills

  • Author: ChemistryViews
  • Published: 07 May 2011
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
  • Source / Publisher: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry/Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
thumbnail image: Real-Time Tracking of Oil Spills

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are constituents of petrochemical products or are produced from the incomplete combustion of organic materials. They can enter the environment in a range of ways, including as a result of natural oil seeps, oil spills, and from industrial effluents. Real-time detection would aid in effective mitigation and remediation efforts.

A biosensor developed by Michael Unger and co-workers, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, USA, could be used for the early detection and tracking of oil spills. It uses the monoclonal anti-PAH antibody, 7B2.3, to provide near real-time evaluation of environmental contamination: It can determine PAH concentrations as low as 0.3 µg/L, within 10 min of sample acquisition.

Its use as a field instrument was demonstrated by the team surveying an area of almost 9,000 m2 around the Elizabeth River, Virginia, USA, providing information about the size and intensity of contaminants to engineers who were monitoring dredging from the shore (see picture).

Article Views: 3164

Sign in Area

Please sign in below

Additional Sign In options

Please note that to comment on an article you must be registered and logged in.
Registration is for free, you may already be registered to receive, e.g., the newsletter. When you register on this website, please ensure you view our terms and conditions. All comments are subject to moderation.

Article Comments - To add a comment please sign in

Bookmark and Share

If you would like to reuse any content, in print or online, from, please contact us first for permission. more

CONNECT: on Facebook on Twitter on YouTube on LinkedIn Sign up for our free newsletter

A product of ChemPubSoc Europe (16 European Chemical Societies)and Wiley-VCH