A comparative study of selected sorbents for sampling of aromatic VOCs from indoor air

Salah Ali Mahgoub Idris, Claire Joanne Robertson, Morris M.A., Lorraine Gibson

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Indoor air canbecome pollutedwith VOCs, and understanding the factors which affect adsorption of VOCs from indoor air is important for: (i) the accurate measurement of VOCs, and (ii) to apply mitigation strategies when high analyte concentrations are measured. In this study four VOCs (toluene, ethylbenzene, cumene and dichlorobenzene) were generated as a constant and controlled polluted air stream of VOCs from a dynamic atmospheric chamber. The effects of relative humidity, and sampling flow rate, on adsorption onto Tenax TA and the relatively new silica adsorbents SBA-15 or MCM-41 were studied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1803-1809
Number of pages7
JournalAnalytical Methods
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2010



  • sorbents
  • sampling
  • aromatic VOCs

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