In situ measurement with diffusive gradients in thin films: effect of biofouling in freshwater

Type Article
Date 2017-05
Language English
Author(s) Uher Emmanuelle1, 2, Compere ChantalORCID3, Combe Matthieu1, Mazeas Florence3, Gourlay-France Catherine1, 2, 4
Affiliation(s) 1 : Irstea, UR HBAN Hydrosyst & Bioproc, 1 Rue Pierre Gilles Gennes,CS 10030, F-92761 Antony, France.
2 : FIRE FR 3020, 4 Pl Jussieu, F-75005 Paris, France.
3 : IFREMER, Ctr Bretagne, ZI Pointe Diable, CS 10070, F-29280 Plouzane, France.
4 : Anses, 14 Rue Pierre & Marie Curie, F-94701 Maisons Alfort, France.
Source Environmental Science And Pollution Research (0944-1344) (Springer Heidelberg), 2017-05 , Vol. 24 , N. 15 , P. 13797-13807
DOI 10.1007/s11356-017-8972-y
WOS© Times Cited 11
Keyword(s) DGT, Metals, Biofouling, Seine River, Field deployment, Passive sampler

Concerning in situ passive sampler deployment, several technical priorities must be considered. In particular, deployment time must be sufficiently long not only to allow a significant quantity to be accumulated to facilitate analysis but also to ensure that the signal is above the quantification limit and out of the blank influence. Moreover, regarding the diffusive gradient in thin films (DGT) technique, deployment time must also be sufficiently long (at least 5 days) to avoid the interactions of the solutes with the material diffusion layer of the DGT and for the steady state to be reached in the gel. However, biofouling occurs in situ and modifies the surface of the samplers. In this article, we propose a kinetic model which highlights the biofouling effect. This model was able to describe the mitigation of the flux towards the DGT resin observed on Cd, Co, Mn, Ni and Zn during a 22-day deployment in the Seine River. Over a period of 22 days, biofouling had a significant impact on the DGT concentrations measured, which were decreased twofold to threefold when compared to concentrations measured in unaffected DGTs.

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