Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2135-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-9-2135-2016
Research article
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13 May 2016
Research article |  | 13 May 2016

Detection of dimethylamine in the low pptv range using nitrate chemical ionization atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight (CI-APi-TOF) mass spectrometry

Mario Simon, Martin Heinritzi, Stephan Herzog, Markus Leiminger, Federico Bianchi, Arnaud Praplan, Josef Dommen, Joachim Curtius, and Andreas Kürten

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This study demonstrate the detection of dimethylamine at low mixing ratios by nitrate chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS). Due to simultaneously high-sensitive gas-phase measurements of DMA, sulfuric acid, and extremely low volatile organic compounds (ELVOCs), this technique can be used as a versatile tool for studying new particle formation in the atmosphere.