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Advances in Environmental Research
  Volume 2, Number 3, September 2013 , pages 179-202

Bisphenol A and other alkylphenols in the environment - occurrence, fate, health effects and analytical techniques
Zhuo Zhu and Yuegang Zuo

    Bisphenol A and other alkylphenols are widely used in plastic and other industrial consumer products. Release of these compounds into the aquatic environment during their manufacture, use and disposal has been a great scientific and public concern due to their toxicity at high concentrations and endocrine disrupting effects at low concentration on aquatic wildlife and human beings. This paper reviews the published data and researches on the environmental occurrence, distribution, health effects and analytical techniques of bisphenol A and alkylphenols. The aim is to provide an overview of the current understanding about bisphenol A and alkylphenols in the environment and the difficulties faced today in order to establish standard and systematic environmental analysis and assessment process for these endocrine disruptor compounds.
Key Words
    bisphenol A; alkylphenols; environmental fates; environmental endocrine disruptors; gas chromatography-mass spectrometry; high-performance liquid chromatography; liquid-liquid extraction
Zhuo Zhu and Yuegang Zuo: Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts Graduate School of Marine Sciences and Technology, 285 Old Westport Road, North Dartmouth, MA 02747, USA.

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