Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3543–3560, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3543-2020
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 13, 3543–3560, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3543-2020

Research article 03 Jul 2020

Research article | 03 Jul 2020

Optimisation of a thermal desorption–gas chromatography–mass spectrometry method for the analysis of monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and diterpenes

Aku Helin et al.

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Jun 2020) by Anna Novelli
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A thermal desorption–gas chromatography–mass spectrometry method following sorbent tube sampling was developed for the determination of terpenes in gas-phase samples. The main focus was on the analysis of diterpenes, which have been limited in study in gas-phase samples. The analytical figures of merit were fit for purpose (e.g. quantitation limits <10 pptv and reproducibility <10 % for terpenes). Diterpenes could be detected and identified in emissions from spruce and pine samples.