Chapter 4. Chirality as an Environmental Forensics Tool

  1. Stuart Harrad
  1. Charles S. Wong1,2 and
  2. Nicholas A. Warner2,3

Published Online: 29 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684122.ch4

Persistent Organic Pollutants

Persistent Organic Pollutants

How to Cite

Wong, C. S. and Warner, N. A. (2009) Chirality as an Environmental Forensics Tool, in Persistent Organic Pollutants (ed S. Harrad), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684122.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management, School of Geography, Earth, and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Richardson College for the Environment, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Canada

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada

  3. 3

    Polar Environmental Centre, Narwegian Institute of Air Research, Tromsø, Norway

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169301

Online ISBN: 9780470684122



  • organochlorine pesticides;
  • PCBS and their metabolites;
  • measuring and quantifying enantiomer composition of POPs;
  • chirality in characterizing environmental biochemical processes;
  • chirality in quantifying rates of biotransformation;
  • chirality as tool for pollutant source apportionment


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Classes of Chiral Legacy and Persistent Organic Pollutants

  • Measuring and Quantifying Enantiomer composition of POPs

  • Chirality to Characterize Environmental Biochemical Processes

  • Chirality to Quantify Rates of Biotransformation

  • Chirality as a Tool for Pollutant Source Apportionment

  • Caveats in Using Chirality to Probe Biologically Mediated Environmental Processes

  • Conclusions

  • Acknowledgements

  • References