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Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 373, Issue 6, pp 490–500 | Cite as

Adsorbent materials commonly used in air analysis for adsorptive enrichment and thermal desorption of volatile organic compounds

  • K. Dettmer
  • W. Engewald
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Abstract.

A review is given dealing with commonly used adsorbent materials in ambient air analysis of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The adsorbents covered in the paper are selected in consideration of their compatibility with thermal desorption. Initially, we discuss the requirements that an adsorbent should fulfill, and useful parameters for the selection and evaluation of an appropriate material. Then, the most important materials are presented considering their properties, advantages, and drawbacks. A few applications are given, but a complete review of sampling techniques and applications dealing with adsorptive enrichment and thermal desorption is beyond the scope of this paper.

Adsorptive enrichment Thermal desorption Adsorbents Air analysis 

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© Springer-Verlag 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. Dettmer
    • 1
  • W. Engewald
    • 1
  1. 1.Universität Leipzig, Institut für Analytische Chemie, Linnéstrasse 3, 04103 LeipzigGermany

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