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Development of a fast and efficient sample enrichment device for semivolatile organics
Author(s): Mark Gehrke; Shubhender Kapila; Virgil I. Flanigan
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Paper Abstract

A rapid-cycling, low-volume, and inert sampling and enrichment device for organic vapors is described. The device consists of two concentric fused silica capillaries. A small portion of the inter-capillary volume, which is cooled with a burst of compressed carbon dioxide, serves as a trap for the semivolatile organics. The trap's low mass permits rapid sampling and desorption cycles suitable for applications requiring fast monitoring of volatile and semivolatile chemicals. The device is devoid of switching valves in the sampling train and consequently does not suffer from analyte loss due to irreversible adsorption or cross contamination. The device was successfully used for sampling highly adsorptive nitroaromatic explosives in air at low concentrations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3710, Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV, (2 August 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.357067
Show Author Affiliations
Mark Gehrke, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)
Shubhender Kapila, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)
Virgil I. Flanigan, Univ. of Missouri/Rolla (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3710:
Detection and Remediation Technologies for Mines and Minelike Targets IV
Abinash C. Dubey; James F. Harvey; J. Thomas Broach; Regina E. Dugan, Editor(s)

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