Determination of dimethyl sulfide in gas samples by single photon ionization time of flight mass spectrometry

Wang, B.G., Gu, Y.G., Zhou, L., Wang, H., Gao, W., & Zhou, Z. (2014) Determination of dimethyl sulfide in gas samples by single photon ionization time of flight mass spectrometry. Analytical Letters, 47(12), pp. 2003-2011.

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It is difficult to determine sulfur-containing volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere because of their reactivity. Primary off-line techniques may suffer losses of analytes during the transportation from field to laboratory and sample preparation. In this study, a novel method was developed to directly measure dimethyl sulfide at parts-per-billion concentration levels in the atmosphere using vacuum ultraviolet single photon ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. This technique offers continuous sampling at a response rate of one measurement per second, or cumulative measurements over longer time periods. Laboratory prepared samples of different concentrations of dimethyl sulfide in pure nitrogen gas were analyzed at several sampling frequencies. Good precision was achieved using sampling periods of at least 60 seconds with a relative standard deviation of less than 25%. The detection limit for dimethyl sulfide was below the 3 ppb olfactory threshold. These results demonstrate that single photon ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry is a valuable tool for rapid, real-time measurements of sulfur-containing organic compounds in the air.

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ID Code: 88569
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/00032719.2014.895905
ISSN: 0003-2719
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2015 03:57
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2015 03:57

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