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Measuring Hydrocarbons in the Atmosphere

Colbeck, I (2016) 'Measuring Hydrocarbons in the Atmosphere.' In: McGenity, TJ and Timmis, KN and Nogales, B, (eds.) Hydrocarbon and Lipid Microbiology Protocols. Springer Protocols Handbooks . Springer, 155 - 159. ISBN 978-3-662-52791-7

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Hydrocarbons play a significant role in the chemistry of the troposphere. They are not only emitted into the atmosphere from a wide variety of natural and anthropogenic sources but they may also be formed via atmospheric transformations. This chapter focuses on volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The collection and measurement of VOCs has been the subject of countless studies. Measurements of VOCs in the atmosphere have generally been made with gas chromatographic analyses of air samples collected in canisters, on adsorbents or in cryostats. The sample-collection step plays a crucial role in the analytical process, as it determines the representativeness of the sample. Canisters are most useful for very volatile, nonpolar compounds while sorbent tubes are more applicable for less volatile analytes. Their wide use in air monitoring has resulted in the development of a number of protocols for the analysis of a broad range of VOCs.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry; Sampling; VOCs
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Life Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2012 12:21
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2019 10:16

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