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IDENTIFICATION OF POLAR VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND COMMON MICROENVIRONMENTS
Wallace, L., W. Nelson, E. Pellizzari, J. Raymer, AND K. Thomas. IDENTIFICATION OF POLAR VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS AND COMMON MICROENVIRONMENTS. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/D-91/074 (NTIS PB91182865), 1991.
Polar volatile organic compounds were identified in the headspace of 31 fragrance products such as perfumes, colognes and soaps. About 150 different chemicals were identified in a semiquantitative fashion, using two methods to analyze the headspace: direct injection into a gas chromatograph and collection by an evacuated canister, each followed by CC-MS analysis. The canister method displayed low recoveries for most of the 25 polar chemical standards tested. However, reconstructed ion chromatograms (RICs) from the canister showed good agreement with RICs from the direct injection method except for some high boiling point compounds. Canister samples collected in 15 microenvironments expected to contain the fragrance products tested (potpourri stores, fragrance sections of department stores, etc.) showed relatively low concentrations of most of these polar chemicals compared with certain common nonpolar chemicals. The results presented will be useful for models of personal exposure and indoor air quality.