# Lab procedure for analyzing/assessing the presence of semi-volatile solids

I'm looking for a lab experiment design that shows how to measure the presence of semi-volatile solids in water (and not sludge or soil or solids). All I have found so far are chromotography/mass spectometry methods. Are there any ‘less advanced’ methods? My professor says there are, but I can’t find them.

Does anybody here know of such methods, or where I should start looking for them?

• Can you elaborate on what "semi-volatile solids" are or what you expect to be in the sample? Do you need qualitative data or quantitative? Elemental composition, mineral structure? – tobias47n9e Apr 30 '14 at 18:28
• @Spießbürger From the EPA - a semivolatile organic compound is an organic compound which has a boiling point higher than water and which may vaporize when exposed to temperatures above room temperature. Semivolatile organic compounds include phenols and polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) (source) Each of the experimental methods referred to on the website intend use of gas chromotography/mass spectrometer devices. – Shekhynah Apr 30 '14 at 21:56
• @Spießbürger So, my question again, is would anyone know of any other methods? Possibly similar to gravimetric methods for fixed and volatile solids. I am looking to quantify trace levels in order to test for contamination. – Shekhynah Apr 30 '14 at 21:56