Environmental aspects of VOCs evolved in the early stages of human decomposition.

@article{Statheropoulos2007EnvironmentalAO,
  title={Environmental aspects of VOCs evolved in the early stages of human decomposition.},
  author={Milt Statheropoulos and Agapios Agapiou and Chara A Spiliopoulou and G C Pallis and E Sianos},
  journal={The Science of the total environment},
  year={2007},
  volume={385 1-3},
  pages={
          221-7
        }
}
In the present study, the time profile, measured as "accumulation", of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced during the early stages of human decomposition was investigated. A human cadaver was placed in a sealed bag at approximately the 4th day after death. Evolved VOCs were monitored for 24 h by sampling at different time intervals. VOCs produced were analyzed by thermal desorption/gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (TD/GC/MS). Over 30 substances were identified in total. These… CONTINUE READING

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