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International Scholarly Research Notices
Volume 2014, Article ID 651834, 21 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/651834
Review Article

Advances in Instrumental Analysis of Brominated Flame Retardants: Current Status and Future Perspectives

1Division of Environmental Health and Risk Management, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT, UK
2Department of Analytical Chemistry, Faculty of Pharmacy, Assiut University, Assiut 71526, Egypt

Received 27 April 2014; Accepted 14 July 2014; Published 29 October 2014

Academic Editor: María Teresa Tena

Copyright © 2014 Mohamed Abou-Elwafa Abdallah. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This review aims to highlight the recent advances and methodological improvements in instrumental techniques applied for the analysis of different brominated flame retardants (BFRs). The literature search strategy was based on the recent analytical reviews published on BFRs. The main selection criteria involved the successful development and application of analytical methods for determination of the target compounds in various environmental matrices. Different factors affecting chromatographic separation and mass spectrometric detection of brominated analytes were evaluated and discussed. Techniques using advanced instrumentation to achieve outstanding results in quantification of different BFRs and their metabolites/degradation products were highlighted. Finally, research gaps in the field of BFR analysis were identified and recommendations for future research were proposed.