Disinfection byproducts (DBPs) are formed when organic matter in water reacts with disinfectants used to kill microbes at water treatment plants. DBPs consist of a large variety of mainly halogenated compounds that have been shown to have adverse health effects on humans. Reseach shows that that they may be carcinogenic and may cause both developmental and reproductive issues in humans and wildlife. Common DBP classes are trihalomethanes (THMs), haloacetic acids (HAAs) and Nitrosamines, a class of DBPs that have been shown to be carcinogenic at extremely low ng/L levels. Agilent triple quadrupole LC- & GC-MS systems are the ideal instruments for low-level detection (sub-parts per trillion) of emerging & unregulated DBPS in drinking water.
To identify new disinfection byproducts, the Agilent Q/TOF instruments are ideal partners, offering high-resolution accurate mass analysis with simple yet powerful software tools.