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Comparison of Air Sampling Methods for Organophosphate Flame Retardants in Small Environmental Chambers

Citation:

Liu, X. Comparison of Air Sampling Methods for Organophosphate Flame Retardants in Small Environmental Chambers. AWMA Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology Conference, Long Beach, CA, November 07 - 09, 2017.

Impact/Purpose:

Organophosphorus flame retardants (OPFRs) are are used as additives in industrial and consumer products. They widely present in indoor environments and have potential adverse effects. Due to the low volatility of these compounds, air sampling of OPFRs is challenging. This research provides insight into the comparability of different methods for sampling gas-phase OPFRs.

Description:

Organophosphorus flame retardants (OPFRs), such as tris(2-chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris(1-chlor-2-propyl) phosphate (TCPP), and tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate (TDCPP), used as additives in industrial and consumer products are being detected in indoor air, house dust, and other environmental media. Due to the low volatility of these compounds, air sampling of OPFRs is challenging. To evaluate the performance of various configurations of sampling media, polyurethane foam (PUF) cartridges, quartz fiber filters with PUF, PTFE membrane filters with PUF, Tenax TAs, and an OSHA Versatile Samplers (OVS) were compared by collecting gas phase OPFRs from 53L stainless steel small chambers. Tests were conducted in a temperature-controlled incubator with an OPFR source chamber and an empty test chamber connected in series with Teflon tubing. Constant emission sources under 24 ̊C, 5% relative humidity (RH), and 0.4 air change per hour (ACH) were generated in the source chamber by placing neat TCEP, TCPP, and TDCPP liquids in cups with different diameters. The exhaust of the source chamber was supplied to the test chamber and mixed with humidified air at a T connector resulting in temperature, RH, and flow conditions of 50% RH and 1 ACH at 23°C. There was one sampling port located at the faceplate of the source chamber and three sampling ports at the test chamber. Samples were collected sequentially from the source chamber and simultaneously from the test chamber for each sampling method. A total of 9 samples from the source chamber and 17 samples from the test chamber, including duplicates, were collected. The PUFs, quartz fiber filters, PTFE membrane filters, Teflon tubing used to connect the sampling ports, and OVS samplers were solvent extracted and analyzed by GC/MS. Tenax TA tubes were analyzed by thermal desorption GC/MS. Differences in the OPFRs gas phase concentrations determined from different sampling media are reported and discussed. Our test results provide insight into the comparability of these different methods for sampling gas-phase OPFRs.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/ABSTRACT)
Product Published Date: 11/09/2017
Record Last Revised: 11/13/2017
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 338258

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR AND ENERGY MANAGEMENT DIVISION

DISTRIBUTED SOURCE AND BUILDINGS BRANCH