The effect of salinity on the determination of tributyltin

Nicholas J. Turoczy, Rodney J. Carter, Alan M. Bond

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Tributyltin (TBT) from marine antifouling paints poses an environmental hazard in natural waters. Previous studies have shown that adsorption of the compound onto sampling and analytical equipment is a problem when monitoring TBT levels. It was found in this study that adsorption is a function of the salinity of the solution. It was also found that toluene removes adsorbed TBT, and that recovery does not appear to depend on salinity, provided that sufficient time is spent shaking.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Issue numberC
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sep 1992


  • extraction
  • salinity
  • tributyltin adsorption

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