Fatty alcohols in surface sediment from Pulau Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia

Norfariza Humrawali, Masni Mohd. Ali, Mohd Talib Latif

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Abstract

Lipid biomarkers are components derived from the cells of organisms. They can be used to assess their own contribution to aquatic sediment and relate back to their sources. In this study, lipid biomarkers, such as fatty alcohols, were focused on and measured in the surface sediment samples collected from Pulau Tinggi. After which, the compounds were extracted before being analyzed by GC-MS. Results suggest that mixed inputs coming from various sources with short chain fatty alcohols were the predominant compounds, followed by branched compounds and long chain fatty alcohols. These constituted 76%, 13% and 11% of the total fatty alcohols respectively. The ratio between short and long chain fatty alcohols, for most of the samples, also reflected a high amount of short chain compounds which was shown through their having a ratio greater than 1, with the execeptions of two sampling stations (KP3 and KP9), which had a value of 1, thus indicating equal concentrations of both compounds. It can therefore be concluded that this study area is dominated by short chain fatty alcohols which relates to the major contribution of marine sources in locations such as Pulau Tinggi, which islocated in the middle of open sea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-429
Number of pages11
JournalEuropean Journal of Scientific Research
Volume32
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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  • Lipid biomarker
  • Surface sediment

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Fatty alcohols in surface sediment from Pulau Tinggi, Johor, Malaysia. / Humrawali, Norfariza; Mohd. Ali, Masni; Latif, Mohd Talib.

In: European Journal of Scientific Research, Vol. 32, No. 3, 2009, p. 419-429.

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