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See detailFurther exploration in the quest of orthogonality
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Dimandja, Jean-Marie; Focant, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2013, January)

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See detailLevels of Dechloranes and PBDEs in Serum from Central European Population
Brasseur, Catherine ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Organohalogen Compounds (2013), 75

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See detailCharacterization of Volatile Organic Compounds from Human Analogue Decomposition Using Thermal Desorption Coupled to Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Gas Chromatography-Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry
Stefanuto, Pierre-Hugues ULg; Stadler, Sonja; Brokl, Michal et al

in Analytical Chemistry (2013), 85(2), 998-1005

Complex processes of decomposition produce a variety of chemicals as soft tissues, and their component parts are broken down. Among others, these decomposition byproducts include volatile organic ... [more ▼]

Complex processes of decomposition produce a variety of chemicals as soft tissues, and their component parts are broken down. Among others, these decomposition byproducts include volatile organic compounds (VOCs) responsible for the odor of decomposition. Human remains detection (HRD) canines utilize this odor signature to locate human remains during police investigations and recovery missions in the event of a mass disaster. Currently, it is unknown what compounds or combinations of compounds are recognized by the HRD canines. Furthermore, a comprehensive decomposition VOC profile remains elusive. This is likely due to difficulties associated with the nontarget analysis of complex samples. In this study, cadaveric VOCs were collected from the decomposition headspace of pig carcasses and were further analyzed using thermal desorption coupled to comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TD-GC × GC−TOFMS). Along with an advanced data handling methodology, this approach allowed for enhanced characterization of these complex samples. The additional peak capacity of GC × GC, the spectral deconvolution algorithms applied to unskewed mass spectral data, and the use of a robust data mining strategy generated a characteristic profile of decomposition VOCs across the various stages of soft-tissue decomposition. The profile was comprised of numerous chemical families, particularly alcohols, carboxylic acids, aromatics, and sulfides. Characteristic compounds identified in this study, e.g., 1-butanol, 1-octen-3-ol, 2-and 3-methyl butanoic acid, hexanoic acid, octanal, indole, phenol, benzaldehyde, dimethyl disulfide, and trisulfide, are potential target compounds of decomposition odor. This approach will facilitate the comparison of complex odor profiles and produce a comprehensive VOC profile for decomposition. [less ▲]

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See detailTime-Controlled Cryogenic Zone Compression (tCZC) GC-HRMS, A Novel Tool fro Targetted Analysis at Uktra Trace Level
Krumwiede, D; Mehmlann, H; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Organohalogen Compounds (2013), 75

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See detailEffects of a sublethal pesticide exposure on locomotor behavior: A video-tracking analysis in larval amphibians
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Libon, Sylvie; Kestemont, Patrick et al

in Chemosphere (2013), 90(3), 945-951

Organochlorine pesticides such as endosulfan have been shown to have both lethal and sublethal effects on amphibians. In this context, behavioral endpoints have proved their usefulness in evidencing ... [more ▼]

Organochlorine pesticides such as endosulfan have been shown to have both lethal and sublethal effects on amphibians. In this context, behavioral endpoints have proved their usefulness in evidencing impacts of such chemicals at environmental concentrations that do not necessarily cause mortality. The recent development of video-tracking technologies now offers the possibility of accurately quantifying locomotor behaviors. However, these techniques have not yet been applied to evaluating the toxicity of pesticides in amphibians. We therefore aimed at determining the potential toxicity of endosulfan on endpoints associated with locomotion after short-term environmental endosulfan exposure in Rana temporaria tadpoles and at using these data as warning systems for survival alterations after a longer exposure. To this end, we analyzed video-tracks of 64 tadpoles (two pesticide treatments: 5 and 50 μg L−1, one control and one solvent-control) with Ethovision XT 7 software. The highest endosulfan concentration had a significant effect on all four behavioral endpoints. Contaminated tadpoles traveled shorter distances, swam less often, at a lower mean speed, and occupied a less peripherical position than control tadpoles. The lowest endosulfan concentration had similar but lower effects, and did not affect mean speed during swimming. Survival was reduced only after a long-term exposure to endosulfan and was associated with short-term behavioral dysfunctions. These results show that endosulfan strongly affects the behavioral repertory of amphibian tadpoles, but in different ways depending on concentration, thus suggesting that the pesticide has complex modes of action. Given the importance of locomotion and space use in tadpole success in their aquatic environment, these results confirm the toxic action of endosulfan. By highlighting effects before mortality markers, video-tracking systems also show their potential as sentinels of sublethal effects of pesticides. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of Ylang-Ylang Essential Oil Characterization by GCxGC-TOFMS
Brokl, Michal ULg; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Benini, Céline et al

in Molecules (2013), 18(2), 1783-1797

A single fraction of essential oil can often contain hundreds of compounds. Despite of the technical improvements and the enhanced selectivity currently offered by the state-of-the-art gas chromatography ... [more ▼]

A single fraction of essential oil can often contain hundreds of compounds. Despite of the technical improvements and the enhanced selectivity currently offered by the state-of-the-art gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS) instruments, the complexity of essential oils is frequently underestimated. Comprehensive two-dimensional GC coupled to time-of-flight MS (GC×GC-TOFMS) was used to improve the chemical characterization of ylang-ylang essential oil fractions recently reported in a previous one-dimensional (1D) GC study. Based on both, the enhanced chromatographic separation and the mass spectral deconvolution, 161 individual compounds were identified and labeled as potentially characteristic analytes found in both low and high boiling fractions issued from distillation of mature ylang-ylang flowers. Compared to the most recent full GC-MS characterization, this represents 75 new compounds, essentially consisting of terpenes, terpenoid esters, and alcohols. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalytical Methodology of POPs
Reiner, EJ; Jobst, KJ; Megson, D et al

in Environmental Forensics: Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (2013)

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See detailScreening and confirmatory methods for the detection of dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB) in foods
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Eppe, Gauthier ULg

in Rose, Martin; Fernandes, Alwyn (Eds.) Persistent organic pollutants and toxic metals in foods (2013)

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See detailAnalysis of mainstream tobacco smoke particulate phase using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography time-of-flight mass spectrometry
Brokl, Michal ULg; Bishop, L; Wright, C et al

in Journal of Separation Science (2013), 31

In tobacco research, the comparison of different tobacco blends as well as the puffdependent <br />behaviour of cigarettes is a matter of particular interest. For the investigation <br />of smoke ... [more ▼]

In tobacco research, the comparison of different tobacco blends as well as the puffdependent <br />behaviour of cigarettes is a matter of particular interest. For the investigation <br />of smoke characteristics, GC6GC offers different ways for data analysis, <br />namely, compound target analysis, automated peak-based compound classification <br />and comprehensive pixel-based data analysis. This study will show the application <br />as well as the pros and cons of these types of data analysis for very complex matrices <br />like cigarette particulate matter. In addition, new aspects about the recently discovered <br />puff-dependent behaviour of compounds in cigarette smoke will be presented. <br />Automated peak-based compound classification including mass spectrometric pattern <br />recognition is used for the classification of tobacco particulate matter samples <br />and the puff-dependent investigation of different compound classes. This compound <br />group specific analysis is further reinforced by applying an even more comprehensive <br />pixel-based analysis. This kind of analysis is used to generate fingerprints of <br />different types of cigarettes. The combination of fast feature reduction methods like <br />analysis of variance (ANOVA) and t-test with multivariate feature transformation <br />methods like partial least squares discriminate analysis (PLSDA) for feature selection <br />provides a powerful tool for a detailed inspection of different types of cigarettes. [less ▲]

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See detailDioxin levels in fertilizers from Belgium: Determination and evaluation of the potential impact on soil contamination
Elskens, M; Pussemier, L; Dumortier, P et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2013), 454-455

Dioxins are harmful Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to which humans are exposed mostly via the consumption of animal products. They can enter the food chain at any stage, including crop fertilization ... [more ▼]

Dioxins are harmful Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to which humans are exposed mostly via the consumption of animal products. They can enter the food chain at any stage, including crop fertilization. Fertilizers belong to several categories: synthetic chemicals providing the essential elements (mostly N, P and K) that are required by the crops but also organic fertilizers or amendments, liming materials, etc. Ninety-seven samples of fertilizers were taken in Belgium during the year 2011 and analyzed after a soft extraction procedure for polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs) and dioxin-like polychlorinated biphenyls (DL-PCBs) using GC-IDHRMS. Only small qualitative differences could be observed between the main fertilizer categories since the PCDD:PCDF:DL-PCB average ratio obtained with the results expressed in WHO 2005-TEQ was often close to 30:30:40 (typically for sewage sludge) or 40:30:30 (typically for compost). The median dioxin levels determined were generally lower than recorded previously and were the highest for sewage sludge and compost (5.6 and 5.5 ng TEQ/kg dry weight (dw), respectively). The levels in other fertilizers were lower including manure for which the median value was only 0.2 ng TEQ/kg dw. Several fertilization scenarios relying on the use of those fertilizers were assessed taking into consideration the application conditions prevailing in Belgium. From this assessment it could be concluded that the contribution of fertilizers to the overall soil contamination will be low by comparison of other sources of contamination such as atmospheric depositions. At the field scale, intensive use of compost and sewage sludge will increase dramatically the dioxin inputs compared with other fertilization practices but this kind of immission to the soil will still be relatively low compared to the dioxin atmospheric depositions. [less ▲]

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See detailLevels of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls in human milk from different regions of France
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Fréry, N; Bidondo, ML et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2013), 452-453

Wereport on the pilot study carried out before the start of the Elfe project (French longitudinal study from childhood). A total of 44 samples of mature human milk were collected at home 8 weeks after ... [more ▼]

Wereport on the pilot study carried out before the start of the Elfe project (French longitudinal study from childhood). A total of 44 samples of mature human milk were collected at home 8 weeks after delivery. A total of 7 polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins (PCDDs), 10 polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDFs), 12 dioxin-like (DL) polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and 6 non dioxin-like (NDL)-PCBs were measured. For total TEQ (PCDD/Fs and DL-PCBs), the geometric mean concentration was 17.81 pg TEQWHO05/g lipids. Relative PCDD, PCDF, and DL-PCB contributions to the arithmetic mean TEQWHO05 were 38%, 18%, and 44%, respectively. The use of TEFWHO05 instead of TEFWHO98 resulted in a 27% reduction of the total TEQ value. Although PCDD levels did not significantly change (less than 0.5% increase), PCDF and DL-PCB levels both decreased by 35% and 38%, respectively. Levels have been compared to data obtained during a previous non-reported national study conducted in 1998 (TEFWHO98) in French lactaria (n = 244). The mean of PCDD/Fs has decreased about 39.4% (18.8 pg TEQWHO98/g lipids in 1998 vs 11.4 pg TEQWHO98/g lipids in pilot study), respectively 41.5% for PCDDs (10.6 pg TEQWHO98/g lipids in 1998 vs 6.2 pg TEQWHO98/g lipids in pilot study) and 36.7% for PCDFs (7.9 pg TEQWHO98/g lipids in 1998 vs 5.0 pg TEQWHO98/g lipids in pilot study). For the sum of the 6 NDL-PCBs, the 2007 geometric mean concentration in milk was 176.3 ng/g lipids. The arithmetic mean lipid concentration in 2007 breast milk was 26.4 g/l (range from 6.0 to 46.7 g/l). A PCDD/F and DL-PCB daily intake was estimated to be 62.3 pg TEQWHO05/kg body weight per day (85.0 pg TEQWHO98/kg bodyweight per day) for a baby of 5 kg of bodyweight fed daily with 700 ml of maternal milk containing 25 g/l of lipids. [less ▲]

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See detailMilk and serum standard reference materials for monitoring organic contaminants in human samples
Schantz; Eppe, Gauthier ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (2013), 405

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See detailVers une meilleure caractérisation des étapes de décomposition cadavérique
Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Bulletin d'information: Toxicologie médico-légale. Questions ouvertes (2012), (11), 1-2

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See detailOptimization of POP analysis in small sample amounts.
L'Homme, Benjamin ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2012, October)

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See detailDeveloping the Sixth Sense
Focant, Jean-François ULg

in The Column (2012), 8(18), 2-5

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See detailGCxGC-TOFMS for VOC Analyses: Forensic and Medical Applications
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Conference (2012, October)

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See detailAdvances in blood spots analysis for selected POPs using MEPS
L'Homme, Benjamin ULg; Focant, Jean-François ULg

Scientific conference (2012, September)

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See detailLes experts ont le nez fin
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Speech (2012)

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