Analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient aerosols by using one-dimensional and comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography combined with mass spectrometric method: A comparative study

Yun Gyong Ahn, So Hyeon Jeon, Hyung Bae Lim, Na Rae Choi, Geum Sook Hwang, Yong Pyo Kim, Ji Yi Lee

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Abstract

Advanced separation technology paired with mass spectrometry is an ideal method for the analysis of atmospheric samples having complex chemical compositions. Due to the huge variety of both natural and anthropogenic sources of organic compounds, simultaneous quantification and identification of organic compounds in aerosol samples represents a demanding analytical challenge. In this regard, comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography with time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GC×GC-TOFMS) has become an effective analytical method. However, verification and validation approaches to quantify these analytes have not been critically evaluated. We compared the performance of gas chromatography with quadrupole mass spectrometry (GC-qMS) and GC×GC-TOFMS for quantitative analysis of eighteen target polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). The quantitative obtained results such as limits of detection (LODs), limits of quantification (LOQs), and recoveries of target PAHs were approximately equivalent based on both analytical methods. Furthermore, a larger number of analytes were consistently identified from the aerosol samples by GC×GC-TOFMS compared to GC-qMS. Our findings suggest that GC×GC-TOFMS would be widely applicable to the atmospheric and related sciences with simultaneous target and nontarget analysis in a single run.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8341630
JournalJournal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume2018
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018

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