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Title: Determination of tributyltin environmental contamination and Kd partition coefficients in sediments using a HPLC analytical method
Author: Doherty, David
Awarding Body: The University of Strathclyde
Current Institution: University of Strathclyde
Date of Award: 2009
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Tributyltin (TBT) was used as an anti-fouling paint and applied to the hulls of ships in order to prevent buildup of organisms. Major shipping routes are now contaminated with TBT due to the chemical's persistence In the environment. The use of TBT as an anti-fouling paint was banned in the 1980's due to scientific findings that the chemical causes toxic effects in aquatic life. TBT is widely known as a gender-bending chemical due to its endocrine disrupting properties. There are concerns that TBT may also present health problems for humans, and is classed as a Persistent Organic Pollutant (POP). The disposal of sediments contaminated with TBT presents a problem, as disposal to sea will cause unacceptable pollution of the environment. An Integrated pollution control strategy is needed for disposing of dredged sediments in a manner which is cost-effective and sustainable.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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