Monitoring ppb levels of ambient air pollutants via hyphenated techniques: HRGC/ in-series selective detection
Accepted for presentation in Advancements in Air Monitoring Symposium at the Spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society April 2013
1. Jack N Driscoll1 , Dr., PID Analyzers, LLC, 2 Washington Circle, #4, Sandwich, MA, 02563, United States , 6176994307, United States
2. Jennifer L Maclachlan1 , PID Analyzers, LLC, 2 Washington Circle, #4, Sandwich, MA, 02563, United States , 6176994307, United States
Title: Monitoring ppb levels of ambient air pollutants via hyphenated techniques: HRGC/ in-series selective detection
Abstract Body: High resolution gas chromatography (HRGC) with a capillary column (50,000 to 100,000 theoretical plates) is an efficient and effective means for separation of a complex mixture of chemicals in the ambient air. Since retention times are used for identification, either a second column with a different polarity or the ratio of two detectors are used to confirm the identity of various solutes in a number of USEPA methods. The photoionization detector  is a very sensitive (0.5 ppt benzene (VOC's) and non-destructive detector (second detector can be run in-series) for volatile and semivolatile organic compounds. The PID/FID method was described more than 30 years ago  for identification of natural gas components, and has been used more recently for identification of ambient hydrocarbons. In a similar manner, a flame photometric detector (FPD) can be used in conjunction with the PID to identify S or P compounds in the air. A PID Analyzers Model 322 Automatic GC with temperature programming and a PID/FID or a PID/FPD was used for these measurements. The ambient measurements were made near our Cape Cod, MA facility which is at the perimeter of the Mass Military Reservation.
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