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This study reports the longitudinal distribution of sediment properties, including inorganic and organic contaminants, and the structure of the benthic community in Obidos lagoon, a coastal system permanently connected to the sea and with negligible freshwater sources. Sediments from the upper to central lagoon consist of fine particles (91%) and from the(More)
In order to monitor the presence of organic pollutants in Douro estuary (NW Portugal), two sentinel fish species, grey mullet (Mugil cephalus) and flounder (Platichthys flesus), were periodically sampled from May 2001 to April 2002. At all sampling periods, several specimens of both species were allowed to depurate in clean sea water. Levels of PCBs and(More)
Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and metabolites were quantified in muscle and liver of sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) collected in Ria de Aveiro and in two fish farms. Sea bass from natural environment showed lower levels than fish from farming, which may be partly attributed to the higher lipid content of(More)
Thirty three PCB congeners were analyzed in three size classes of seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax), from a semi-intensive fish farm, in food and in abiotic compartment. Water and suspended particulated matter (SPM) showed higher concentrations of lower chlorinated PCBs, whereas fish tissues and food showed higher concentrations of CB153 and CB138. In order to(More)
The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) technique has been used to obtain spatially resolved surface-enhanced resonance Raman scattering (SERRS) spectra of single dye molecules dispersed in the matrix of a fatty acid. The experimental results presented here mimic the original electrochemical surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) work where the background bulk water(More)
The Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) monolayer technique was used to fabricate single molecule LB monolayer containing bis(phenethylimido)perylene (PhPTCD), a red dye dispersed in arachidic acid (AA) with an average doping of 1 molecule per microm2. The monolayer was transferred onto Ag island films to obtain spatially resolved surface-enhanced resonance Raman(More)
Nanostructured films of lignin (macromolecule extracted from sugar cane bagasse), polypyrrole (conducting polymer) and bis butylimido perylene (organic dye) were used in the detection of trace levels of fluorine (from H2SiF6), chlorine (from NaClO), Pb(+2), Cu(+2), and Cd(+2) in aqueous solutions. Langmuir monolayers on ultrapure water were characterised by(More)
Concentrations of 30 polychlorinated biphenyl congeners (CBs) were determined in muscle, liver and gonad tissues of female and male sardines (Sardina pilchardus) collected in February-May 2000 and September-January 2001 from purse seine vessels operating around Peniche, Portugal. The determined CBs were aggregated in four groups (I, II, III and IV),(More)
This study aimed to investigate the relationships between levels of organochlorine compounds (PCBs and DDTs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), metals and biomarkers of exposure (EROD and GST) and oxidative stress biomarkers, in wild and cultured European seabass (Dicentrarchus labrax). Additionally, the fatty acid profile was determined in muscle to(More)
Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films from a ruthenium complex mer-[RuCl3 (dppb)(4-Mepy)] (dppb = PPh2 (CH2)4PPh2; 4-Mepy = 4-methylpyridine), termed Ru-Pic, display a distinct color, which is different from the coloration exhibited by cast films or chloroform solutions. The solution and cast films are red, while the LB films are green-bluish. The manifestation of(More)