Determination of Traces of Glycols by Gas Chromatography

  • Abram Davis
  • Arthur Roaldi
  • Lewis E. Tufts
Conference paper
Part of the Developments in Applied Spectroscopy book series (DAIS, volume 4)


Fractional parts per million of ethylene glycol, propylene glycol, and diethylene glycol in water are determined by gas chromatography using a flame-ionization detector, a mixture of helium and steam as the carrier gas, and teflon as the column support. A prior distillation to remove most of the water and other more volatile solvents reduces the limit of detection to 0.02 ppm glycol. Traces of glycols in water-immiscible organic solvents are determined by extracting the glycols into water before analysis.


Memory Effect Propylene Glycol Steam Generator Diethylene Glycol Water Peak 
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© Chicago Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy 1965

Authors and Affiliations

  • Abram Davis
    • 1
  • Arthur Roaldi
    • 1
  • Lewis E. Tufts
    • 1
  1. 1.Research CenterHooker Chemical Corp.Niagara FallsUSA

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