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A field portable, single exposure excitation-emission matrix (EEM) fluorometer has been constructed and used in conjunction with parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) to determine the sub part per billion (ppb) concentrations of several aqueous polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), such as benzo(k)fluoranthene and benzo(a)pyrene, in various matrices including aqueous motor oil extract and asphalt leachate. Multiway methods like PARAFAC are essential to resolve the analyte signature from the ubiquitous background in environmental samples. With multiway data and PARAFAC analysis it is shown that reliable concentration determinations can be achieved with minimal standards in spite of the large convoluting fluorescence background signal. Thus, rapid fieldable EEM analyses may prove to be a good screening method for tracking pollutants and prioritizing sampling and analysis by more complete but time consuming and labor intensive EPA methods.
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