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Actual contamination of the Danube and Sava Rivers at Belgrade (2013)

Actual contamination of the Danube and Sava Rivers at Belgrade (2013)

Antonijević, Milan D. ORCID: 0000-0002-5847-7886, Arsović, Marija, Čáslavsky, Josef, Cvetković, Vesna, Dabić, Predrag, Franko, Mladen, Ilić, Gordana, Ivanović, Milena, Ivanović, Nevena, Kosovac, Milica, Medić, Dragana, Najdanović, Slobodan, Nikolić, Milica, Novaković, Jovana, Radovanović, Tatjana, Ranić, Ðurđina, Šajatović, Bojan, Špijunović, Gorica, Stankov, Ivana, Tošović, Jelena, Trebše, Polonca, Vasiljević, Olivera and Schwarzbauer, Jan (2014) Actual contamination of the Danube and Sava Rivers at Belgrade (2013). Journal of The Serbian Chemical Society, 79 (9). pp. 1169-1184. ISSN 0352-5139 (Print), 1820-7421 (Online) (doi:

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This study was focussed on a comprehensive investigation on the state of pollution of the Danube and Sava Rivers in the region of Belgrade. Different complementary analytical approaches were employed covering both i) organic contaminants in the river water by target analyses of hormones and neonicotinoids as well as non-target screening analyses and ii) heavy metals in the sediments. Finally, some common water quality parameters were analysed. The overall state of pollution is on a moderate level. Bulk parameters did not reveal any unusual observations. Moreover, quantification of preselected organic contaminants did not indicate to elevated pollution. More significant contaminations were registered for chromium, nickel, zinc and partially copper in sediments with values above the target values according to Serbian regulations.
Lastly, non-target screening analysis revealed a wider spectrum of organic contaminants comprising pharmaceuticals, technical additives, personal care products
and pesticides. The study presented a comprehensive view on the state of pollution of the Sava and Danube Rivers and is the base for setting up further monitoring programs. As a superior outcome, it was illustrated how different chemical analyses can result in different assessments of the river quality. A comparison of target and non-target analyses pointed to potential misinterpretation of the real state of pollution.

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Additional Information: [1] Acknowledgements (funding): This publication is the outcome of the TEMPUS project “Modernisation of Postgraduate Studies in Chemistry and Chemistry related Programmes” ( This project was funded with support from the European Commission. This is an early electronic version of an as-received manuscript that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of the Serbian Chemical Society but has not yet been subjected to the editing process and publishing procedure applied by the JSCS Editorial Office.
Uncontrolled Keywords: river systems, state of pollution, organic pollutants, heavy metals, screening analyses, non-target screening
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QD Chemistry
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
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