Date of Award

Fall 1989

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Chemistry & Biochemistry



Committee Director

Frank E. Scully, Jr.

Committee Member

Patricia A. Pleban

Committee Member

D. M. Kim

Committee Member

David Burdige

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.C45H81


Pore waters which were taken from sediments of the Chesapeake Bay were analyzed to determine the presence of volatile amines. A purge-and-trap technique was used to concentrate the amines. Then, following derivatization with heptaflourobutyric anhydride, the HFBA-amines were analyzed by gas chromatography with electron capture detection and with mass spectrometric detection. One secondary amine, diethylamine with a concentration of 0.3-0.6 uM, was found in a total of three pore water samples from cores collected on two different dates. A primary amine, sec-butylamine with a concentration of O. 05 AIM, was also found in one of these same samples. Another primary amine, n-propylamine with a concentration of 0.07 u.M, was found in two of the same samples in which these other amines were detected. Two amines, i-propylamine and piperidine, were detected with electron capture detection but the identifications of these two amines could not be confirmed by GC/MS analysis. The origin of these amines is unknown.


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