The evaluation of a tenax GR diffusive sampler for the determination of benzene and other volatile aromatics in outdoor air

A. Gelencsér, Gy Kiss, J. Hlavay, Th L. Hafkenscheid, R. J.B. Peters, E. W.B. De Leer

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The applicability of a tube-type diffusive sampler as an environmental monitor for benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene (BTEX) is reported. Uptake rates have been experimentally determined for a novel type adsorbent, Tenax GR, and compared to theoretical values. It is shown, that the uptake rates are virtually independent of environmental parameters within the experimental conditions studied. The response of the sampler to transient changes in concentrations has been determined in the laboratory. It is found that the sampler is capable of following an extreme concentration profile. Field comparisons with pumped samplers have been performed and good agreement is observed between the results of the two independent methods. The samplers have also been applied as environmental monitors at different locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1095-1100
Number of pages6
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1994


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  • Analytical Chemistry

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