Detection of volatile organic sulfur compounds in water by headspace gas chromatography and membrane inlet mass spectrometry

Marja Ojala (Corresponding Author), Raimo Ketola, Timo Mansikka, Tapio Kotiaho, Risto Kostiainen

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Two gas chromatographic methods, GC‐FID (flame ionization detection) and GC‐ELCD (electrolytic conductivity detector) are compared in tlie analysis of volatile organic sulfur compounds (VOSCs) in water samples with a membrane inlet mass spectrometry (MIMS) technique. Carbon disulfide, ethanethiol, dimethyl sulfide, ethyl‐methyl sulfide, thiophene, and dimethyl disulfide were used as test compounds. Linear dynamic ranges were found to be two decades with the GC‐ELCD method and four decades with the GC‐FID and MIMS methods. Detection limits were at low (μg/1 levels with the two gas chromatographic methods and clearly below μg/1 level with the MIMS method. Analysis of one sample takes 40 min with the gas chromatographic methods and five minutes with the MIMS method. The selectivity was good, especially with the GC‐ELCD and the MIMS method. In addition, quantitative results obtained with spiked water samples by the three methods are compared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
JournalHRC Journal of High Resolution Chromatography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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