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Main Title GC/MS analysis of ambient aerosols in the Houston, Texas, area /
Author Sparacino, Charles M.
CORP Author Research Triangle Inst., Research Triangle Park, NC.;Environmental Sciences Research Lab., Research Triangle Park, NC.
Publisher U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Sciences Research Laboratory,
Year Published 1980
Report Number EPA/600/2-80/194; RTI-/1680/00; EPA-68-02-2963
Stock Number PB81-126377
Subjects Air--Pollution--Texas--Houston ; Gas chromatography ; Mass spectrometry
Additional Subjects Gas analysis ; Aerosols ; Gas chromatography ; Mass spectroscopy ; Chemical analysis ; Air pollution ; Sampling ; Concentration(Composition) ; Sites ; Laboratory equipment ; Design criteria ; Tables(Data) ; Air pollution detection ; Houston(Texas) ; Air pollution sampling
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB81-126377 Some EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. 07/26/2022
Collation 263 pages ; 28 cm
Ambient air aerosols and vapor samples were collected by Radian Corp., Austin, TX. in the Houston, Texas area using three different samplers. A High Volume sampler and dichotomous sampler were used for the collection of particulate matter; vapor-phase organic samples were collected with a resin trap sampler developed by Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute (IITRI). The Research Triangle Institute (RTI) was responsible for qualitative and quantitative analyses of these samples. Vapors were analyzed by thermal desorption from the resin bed followed by glass capillary gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Hi-Vol samples were extracted and solvent-partitioned prior to analysis by GC/MS. Dichotomous filters were extracted and the concentrated extracts analyzed directly by GC/MS. Results showed the presence of many saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons in all samples. Vapor-phase organics (IITRI samples) consisted predominantly of hydrocarbons (C4-C15), alkylated benzenes and some chlorinated compounds. Results from the dichotomous samples indicate insufficient collection of material for comprehensive analysis. The extracts from Hi-Vol filters contained small quantities of organics. Their analysis was further complicated by the presence of background contaminants, tentatively identified as siloxanes. Quantitative analysis was carried out for selected components from each sample type.
Caption title. "November 1980." "EPA-600/2-80-194." Microfiche.