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Anal Chem. 2009 Feb 15;81(4):1595-9. doi: 10.1021/ac802510h.

Real-time monitoring of hazardous air pollutants.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.


Selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry (SIFT-MS) is a technique that offers real-time alternatives to existing methods for monitoring hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) in the environment using chemical ionization. The use of this technique requires knowledge of the kinetic parameters of the reagent ions H(3)O(+), NO(+), and O(2)(+) that are most commonly used. We report here measurements with these reagent ions of kinetic parameters for 17 HAP molecules ranging from 1,1-dichloroethene to nitrobenzene. From these data, limits of quantitation are established for all 17 compounds on a commercial SIFT-MS instrument and are found to be well below the time-weighted averages required by legislating bodies for workplace conditions.

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