Simple Sample Preparation Techniques for Field GC/MS-Analysis

  • G. Matz
  • W. Schröder
  • A. Schillings

Abstract

Fast on site identification of hazardous compounds for correct assessment of possible risks to the population and the environment is essential in case of fire and chemical disasters. The aim of our development has been to establish new simple sample preparation and analytical procedures based on a semi-automatic Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer system (GC/MS) to detect gases, volatile and semivolatile organic compounds (VOC, SOC). The procedures should make it possible to perform sampling and analysis in less than 10 minutes. The project includes the following objects of research [1,2]:
  • helicopter based emergency response

  • standard procedures for air, water and soil analysis

  • advanced software for skilled fire fighters

  • wireless data transfer

  • field study experience

Keywords

Combustion Surfactant Acetone Silane Foam 

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References

  1. Matz, G.; Schröder, W.; Harder, A.; Schillings, A.; Rechenbach, P. (1997): ‘Fast On site GC/MS Analysis of Hazardous Compound Emissions from Fires and Chemical Accidents’, Field Analytical Chemistry and Technology 1/4,181–194CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Matz, G.(1999): ‘Determination of VOCs in Fire and Chemical Accidents by Mobile GC/MS’, Current Protocols in Field Analytical Chemistry, UNIT 1 B.2, CD-ROM ISBN 0–471–18529–9, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Matz
    • 1
  • W. Schröder
    • 1
  • A. Schillings
    • 1
  1. 1.Technical University Hamburg-HarburgHamburgGermany

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