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PAH Forensics Geochemistry

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Synopsis: In this one-day class, we will learn about typical distributions and source signatures of petroleum-derived PAHs for various petroleum products.
Start Time: Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:30 AM
End Time: Thursday, October 19, 2017 5:00 PM
Location: Cook Student Center
Address: 59 Biel Road
Campus: George H. Cook
City, State, Country: New Brunswick, NJ US
Fee: See website
Sponsor: Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Category: Workshop, Course
Web Site: http://www.cpe.rutgers.edu/courses/current/el0403ca.html
Contact Name: Pamela Springard-Mayer
Contact Email: pspring@njaes.rutgers.edu
Contact Phone: (848) 932-7463
Additional Information:

We will discuss the various analytical laboratory approaches (eg: targeted, alkylated, etc.) that are available to collect PAH data. Case studies will be presented that will allow us to learn which methods have proven more effective for specific types of common petroleum products. Application of different methods for regulatory purposes and forensic uses will be illustrated and discussed. Weathering related alteration of PAH distributions for various refined products, as well as mixing of multiple product releases/plumes, will also be discussed. To illustrate the accurate application of various statistical and data visualization methods, real-world PAH studies and case examples will be presented.

Featured Topics

  • PAH Analysis Methods: Considering regulatory verses forensic requirements
  • Study Design: What to sample, how, where and the inherent bias of common approaches
  • Typical Petroleum Product PAH Distributions: From gasolines to crude oils
  • Environmental Processing of Releases: What gets altered
  • Petroleum Product Mixing: Evaluating the possibility and degree of mixing
  • Statistical Data Analysis: Approaches for various petroleum-derived PAHs
  • Biomarkers: The next step up in the examination of petroleum product data
Target Audience: Alumni,  General Public