Name of recipient: Miss Sophie Singer
Supervisor: Dr Joanne Roberts

Project title: The investigation of sulfluramid’s transformations, and their behaviour in soil and plants


In this work the transformation behaviour of sulfluramid (N-EtFOSA) in two soil-leafy green systems is investigated. Detection and quantitation were performed using a high performance-liquid chromatography coupled with high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-HRMS/MS) instrument using Electrospray ionisation (ESI) in negative polarity mode. Sulfluramid and transformation products were determined and quantified in the samples. Determined in all 3 matrices were: PFOA; FOSA; PFOS; and FOSAA. Furthermore, a novel transformation product has been found and its structure proposed. The novel product was detected in only the basil leaves, suggesting an interesting species-specific transformation. This report also outlines the capabilities of a high-resolution mass spectrometer.

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