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Determining the levels of volatile organic pollutants in urban air using a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method

Nicoara, Simona; Tonidandel, Loris; Traldi, Pietro; Watson, Jonathan; Morgan, Geraint and Popa, Ovidiu (2009). Determining the levels of volatile organic pollutants in urban air using a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry method. Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2009(148527), article no. 148527.

DOI (Digital Object Identifier) Link: https://doi.org/10.1155/2009/148527
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Abstract

The paper presents the application of a method based on coupled gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, using an isotopically labelled internal standard for the quantitative analysis of benzene (B), toluene (T), ethyl benzene (E), and o-, m-, p-xylenes (X). Their atmospheric concentrations were determined based on short-term sampling, in different sites of Cluj-Napoca, a highly populated urban centre in N-W Romania, with numerous and diversified road vehicles with internal combustion engines. The method is relatively inexpensive and simple and shows good precision and linearity in the ranges of 7–60 μg/m3 (B), 13–90 μg/m3 (T), 7–50 μg/m3 (E), 10–70 μg/m3 (X-m,p), and 20–130 μg/m3 (X-o). The limits of quantitation/detection of the method LOQ/LOD are of 10/5 μg/m3 (Xo), 5/3 μg/m3 (B, E, X-m,p), and of 3/1 μg/m3 (T), respectively.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2009 Hindawi Publishing Corporation
ISSN: 1687-9805
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Physical Sciences
Item ID: 20104
Depositing User: Karen Guyler
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2010 09:54
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 09:32
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/20104
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