How can a Total Organic Carbon (TOC) method be used to test for Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC)?

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Document ID TE921

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Version 8.0

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Published Date 10/02/2018
Question
How can a Total Organic Carbon (TOC) method be used to test for Dissolved Organic Carbon (DOC)?
Summary
Dissolved Organic Carbon using Total Organic Carbon
Answer
The analysis of DOC is almost identical to that of TOC, but the sample must first be filtered through a 0.45 micron pore-size filter. Depending on the volume of sample and level of suspended solids, different types of filters may be used (syringe filters up to electronic-pump filters). None of Hach's TOC analyzers have a built-in filter explicitly for DOC, so the filtration needs to be conducted by the user first.

For more information on the relationship between Total Organic Carbon and Dissolved Organic Carbon, see  What is the difference and relationship between the various Hach carbon tests?

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