Articles | Volume 12, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3841–3851, 2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 3841–3851, 2019

Research article 12 Jul 2019

Research article | 12 Jul 2019

Separation and detection of aqueous atmospheric aerosol mimics using supercritical fluid chromatography–mass spectrometry

Daisy N. Grace et al.

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The identification and quantification of compounds within an atmospheric particle can be difficult to achieve. We present a supercritical fluid chromatography method to separate these compounds prior to mass spectrometry analysis. The aqueous methylglyoxal–ammonium sulfate system was used as a proxy for atmospheric aerosol; polar columns combined with a carbon dioxide and methanol mobile phase provided the most efficient separation. This method can be extended to other atmospheric systems.