Articles | Volume 13, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3543-2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-13-3543-2020
Research article
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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, Hannele Hakola, and Heidi Hellén

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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.