Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry

, Volume 403, Issue 7, pp 1907–1921 | Cite as

Use of the HS-PTR-MS for online measurements of pyrethroids during indoor insecticide treatments

  • Aude Vesin
  • Guy Bouchoux
  • Etienne QuivetEmail author
  • Brice Temime-Roussel
  • Henri Wortham
Original Paper


A high-sensitivity proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer (HS-PTR-MS) has been used to study the temporal evolution of pesticide concentrations in indoor environments. Because of the high time variability of the indoor air concentrations during household pesticide applications, the use of this online high time resolution instrument is found relevant. Four pyrethroid pesticides of the latest generation that are commonly found in electric vaporizer refills, namely, transfluthrin, empenthrin, tetramethrin, and prallethrin, were considered. A controlled pesticide generation system was settled and coupled to a HS-PTR-MS analyzer, and a calibration procedure based on the fragmentation patterns of the protonated molecules was performed. To illustrate the functionality of the method, measurements of the concentration–time profiles of transfluthrin contained in an electric vaporizer were carried out in a full-scale environmental room under air exchange rate-controlled conditions. This study demonstrates that the HS-PTR-MS technique can provide online and high time-resolved measurements of semi-volatile organic compounds such as pyrethroid insecticides.


HS-PTR-MS Pesticides Indoor air quality Gas phase Proton affinity 



This project has been supported by the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health Safety (ANSES, project EST-2008/1/37). Aude Vesin received a doctoral grant from the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aude Vesin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guy Bouchoux
    • 3
  • Etienne Quivet
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Brice Temime-Roussel
    • 1
    • 2
  • Henri Wortham
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Aix-Marseille Univ, LCE-IRAMarseilleFrance
  2. 2.CNRS, FRE 3416MarseilleFrance
  3. 3.Département de Chimie, CNRS UMR 7651Ecole PolytechniquePalaiseau CedexFrance

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