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Non-Target Analysis of Electronic Waste Samples from China

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The processing of electronic waste (e-waste) in developing countries has
become an environmental problem because of a lack of regulation, and the increasing amount of e-waste generated as countries like China and India have increased demand for electronics. Most electronics contain
environmental contaminants such as brominated flame retardants, which are a vector for environmental contamination. Potentially the most damaging environmental contaminants are produced by the improper processing of these components to form toxicants.1,2 This study was aimed to chemically characterize new and emerging organic contaminants in environmental matrices surrounding an e-waste site using comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography high resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-HRT).