Special Issue "Mass Spectrometry and Environmental Analysis"


A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2012)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Sayed M. Hassan
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and Director of the Laboratory for Environmental Analysis, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
Website: http://www.cropsoil.uga.edu
E-Mail: shassan@uga.edu
Phone: +1 706 227 7993
Fax: +1 706 542 0914
Interests: hyphenation of chromatography and mass spectrometry for trace analysis of organic pollutants and metal speciation; abiotic remediation of halogenated organic contaminants (VOC's, chlorinated solvents, pesticides, PCB's and others) in the environment using mixtures of zero-valent metals and metal sulfides; enhancing bioremediation of contaminated soils using metabolic substrates; artificial wetlands in bio-remediation studies

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ever since world awareness of the problems caused by anthropogenic pollutants on the environment, analytical chemists have been striving to develop methodologies to look for ever smaller quantities of new or emerging chemicals. One of the big challenges facing environmental analysts is the complexity and variability of matrices associated with varying sources of collected samples.

Mass spectrometry (MS) is an analytical technique that consists of ionizing chemical compounds to generate charged molecules or molecule fragments and measuring their mass-to-charge ratios. MS is now in very common use in analytical laboratories for both qualitative and quantitative purposes. Its hyphenation to gas chromatography (GC) and later to liquid chromatography (LC) provided powerful tools for determination of organic pollutants in complex environmental matrices thanks to the increased resolution capabilities of chromatography and unprecedented selectivity and sensitivity of the MS.

Environmental analysis aims commonly to monitor and study levels of pollutants in the atmosphere, rivers, soils, and other specific settings. Nowadays, it seems clear to all in the environmental community that, without such development of the capabilities of GC-MS and LC-MS over the past sixty years, it would not be possible to detect and accurately determine many harmful compounds at levels that have never been thought possible.

For this special issue on Mass Spectrometry and Environmental Analysis, I’m eager to entertain papers on instrumental analysis involving mass spectrometer as a detector. These include GC-MS, LC-MS, ICP-MS and applications in environmental and biological studies.

Dr. Sayed M. Hassan
Guest Editor


  • GC-MS
  • LC-MS
  • ICP-MS
  • environmental analysis
  • mass spectrometric analysis
  • instrumental coupling
  • instrumental analysis

Published Papers (4 papers)

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2013, 10(4), 1304-1311; doi:10.3390/ijerph10041304
Received: 24 January 2013; in revised form: 13 March 2013 / Accepted: 20 March 2013 / Published: 28 March 2013
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(11), 4033-4055; doi:10.3390/ijerph9114033
Received: 21 September 2012; in revised form: 22 October 2012 / Accepted: 31 October 2012 / Published: 8 November 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(9), 3166-3196; doi:10.3390/ijerph9093166
Received: 11 June 2012; in revised form: 24 July 2012 / Accepted: 21 August 2012 / Published: 4 September 2012
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2012, 9(6), 2175-2188; doi:10.3390/ijerph9062175
Received: 7 May 2012; in revised form: 23 May 2012 / Accepted: 5 June 2012 / Published: 11 June 2012
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Last update: 25 February 2014

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