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Quantification of oxygenated volatile organic compounds in seawater by membrane inlet-proton transfer reaction/mass spectrometry.
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PMID:  21995919     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
The role of the ocean in the cycling of oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOCs) remains largely unanswered due to a paucity of datasets. We describe the method development of a membrane inlet-proton transfer reaction/mass spectrometer (MI-PTR/MS) as an efficient method of analysing methanol, acetaldehyde and acetone in seawater. Validation of the technique with water standards shows that the optimised responses are linear and reproducible. Limits of detection are 27nM for methanol, 0.7nM for acetaldehyde and 0.3nM for acetone. Acetone and acetaldehyde concentrations generated by MI-PTR/MS are compared to a second, independent method based on purge and trap-gas chromatography/flame ionisation detection (P&T-GC/FID) and show excellent agreement. Chromatographic separation of isomeric species acetone and propanal permits correction to mass 59 signal generated by the PTR/MS and overcomes a known uncertainty in reporting acetone concentrations via mass spectrometry. A third bioassay technique using radiolabelled acetone further supported the result generated by this method. We present the development and optimisation of the MI-PTR/MS technique as a reliable and convenient tool for analysing seawater samples for these trace gases. We compare this method with other analytical techniques and discuss its potential use in improving the current understanding of the cycling of oceanic OVOCs.
Rachael Beale; Peter S Liss; Joanna L Dixon; Philip D Nightingale
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2011-08-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Analytica chimica acta     Volume:  706     ISSN:  1873-4324     ISO Abbreviation:  Anal. Chim. Acta     Publication Date:  2011 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-10-14     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370534     Medline TA:  Anal Chim Acta     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  128-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Prospect Place, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3DH, UK.
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