Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Research article
12 Mar 2024
Research article |  | 12 Mar 2024

Absorption of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by polymer tubing: implications for indoor air and use as a simple gas-phase volatility separation technique

Melissa A. Morris, Demetrios Pagonis, Douglas A. Day, Joost A. de Gouw, Paul J. Ziemann, and Jose L. Jimenez


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1241', Anonymous Referee #1, 17 Oct 2023
  • CC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1241', Andrew Whitehill, 21 Oct 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2023-1241', Anonymous Referee #2, 02 Nov 2023

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Melissa A. Morris on behalf of the Authors (01 Feb 2024)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (01 Feb 2024) by Pierre Herckes
AR by Melissa A. Morris on behalf of the Authors (01 Feb 2024)
Short summary
Polymer absorption of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is important to characterize for atmospheric sampling setups (as interactions cause sampling delays) and indoor air quality. Here we test different polymer materials and quantify their absorptive capacities through modeling. We found the main polymers in carpets to be highly absorptive, acting as large reservoirs for indoor pollution. We also demonstrated how polymer tubes can be used as a low-cost gas separation technique.