MSc: Mr. Vincent Lal -  Institute of Applied Science

MSc: Mr. Vincent Lal


Degree: Master of Science in Chemistry

Researcher: Mr. Vincent Lal

 Thesis titleMonitoring for Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Fiji's environment.

 Principal Supervisor: Prof. William Aalbersberg ;

Co-supervisor: Prof. Jochen Mueller

Status: -

Thesis Abstract:


Persistent Organic Pollutants or POPs are harmful chemicals that persistent in the environment long after their use or are formed accidently; hence have the ability to cause injury to the environment and human beings. Their affinity for lipids is one way it bioaccumulates and cause potential risk to organisms at all levels of the food chain. Being semi-volatile compounds, POPs are able to migrate and hence disperse on a global scale. Due to these risk factors, the United Nations under the Stockholm Convention agreed to ban the use and production of all POPs, especially the twelve listed as the “dirty dozen”, including pesticides like DDT and accidentally formed products like dioxins. Most of the data on POPs levels have come from developed countries. In the Pacific Islands, including Fiji there is almost no research data and little is known about levels, sources, formation or transfer of POPs in Fiji’s Environment.

The aim of this project is to find the concentration or levels of POPs like DDT, PCBs, PBDEs, dioxins and furans in ambient air, sediment and soil across Fiji Islands.

The significance of this study is to establish a baseline data on the levels of POPs in ambient air, sediment and soil in Fiji Islands and so fill in important data gaps on POPs level in Fiji.

Evaluation Of Pop Levels In Soil And Sediments From Sites Representing Various Land-Use Types In The Fiji Islands

Emerging Contaminants – Investigating Brominated Flame
Retardant Levels In Soil And Sediment From Fiji Islands


Occurrence and Fate of Herbicides in Tropical Waters of Fiji



























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