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  • P-ISSN2233-4203
  • E-ISSN2093-8950

A Low-Cost Open-Source Air Sampler for the Sorbent Tube Sampling for TD-GC/MS Analysis

Mass Spectrometry Letters, (P)2233-4203; (E)2093-8950
2020, v.11 no.4, pp.95-102
https://doi.org/10.5478/MSL.2020.11.4.95
Hwa-yong Jang (Department of Chemistry, Sogang University)
Han Bin Oh (Department of Chemistry, Sogang University)

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Abstract

In this study, we provide full descriptions of how to make a low-cost and completely open-source laboratory-made air sampler that will be used for sample adsorption for thermal desorption-gas chromatography mass spectrometry (TD-GC/MS) analysis. It is well known that harmful gases cause bad effects on human bodies, so it is necessary to identify the types and amounts of gases in industrial sites. One of the most commonly used methods for gas sampling is to utilize a sorbent tube using an air sampler. Commercially available air samplers are expensive, typically priced between $1,000 and $2,000, and their design often cannot be modified to fit the experiment. To address these shortcomings, we have developed a do-it-yourself (DIY) air sampler that is not only cheap enough, but also completely open-source. Furthermore, the performance of the fabricated air sampler was validated in conjunction with TD-GC/MS for the analysis of volatile compounds.

Submission Date
2020-12-17
Revised Date
2020-12-21
Accepted Date
2020-12-21

Mass Spectrometry Letters