Human exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and their presence in indoor and working environments is recognized as a serious health risk, causing impairments of varying severities. Different detecting systems able to monitor VOCs are available in the market; however, they have significant limitations for both sensitivity and chemical discrimination capability. During the last years we studied systematically the use of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as an alternative, powerful tool for quantifying VOCs in air. We calibrated the method for a set of compounds (styrene, acetone, ethanol and isopropanol) by using both laboratory and portable infrared spectrometers. The aim was to develop a new, and highly sensitive sensor system for VOCs monitoring. In this paper, we improved the setup performance, testing the feasibility of using a multipass cell with the aim of extending the sensitivity of our system down to the part per million (ppm) level. Considering that multipass cells are now also available for portable instruments, this study opens the road for the design of new high-resolution devices for environmental monitoring.

High sensitivity monitoring of VOCs in air through FTIR spectroscopy using a multipass gas cell setup / D'Arco, A; Mancini, T; Paolozzi, Mc; Macis, S; Mosesso, L; Marcelli, A; Petrarca, M; Radica, F; Tranfo, G; Lupi, S; Della Ventura, G. - In: SENSORS. - ISSN 1424-8220. - 22:15(2022), p. 5624. [10.3390/s22155624]

High sensitivity monitoring of VOCs in air through FTIR spectroscopy using a multipass gas cell setup

D'Arco, A
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Mancini, T;Paolozzi, MC;Macis, S;Mosesso, L;Petrarca, M;Lupi, S;
2022

Abstract

Human exposure to Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and their presence in indoor and working environments is recognized as a serious health risk, causing impairments of varying severities. Different detecting systems able to monitor VOCs are available in the market; however, they have significant limitations for both sensitivity and chemical discrimination capability. During the last years we studied systematically the use of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy as an alternative, powerful tool for quantifying VOCs in air. We calibrated the method for a set of compounds (styrene, acetone, ethanol and isopropanol) by using both laboratory and portable infrared spectrometers. The aim was to develop a new, and highly sensitive sensor system for VOCs monitoring. In this paper, we improved the setup performance, testing the feasibility of using a multipass cell with the aim of extending the sensitivity of our system down to the part per million (ppm) level. Considering that multipass cells are now also available for portable instruments, this study opens the road for the design of new high-resolution devices for environmental monitoring.
2022
VOCs; FTIR; sensor; accuracy; ppm(v); styrene; isopropanol; acetone; ethanol; Environmental Monitoring; Humans; Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared; Air Pollutants; Air Pollution, Indoor; Volatile Organic Compounds
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High sensitivity monitoring of VOCs in air through FTIR spectroscopy using a multipass gas cell setup / D'Arco, A; Mancini, T; Paolozzi, Mc; Macis, S; Mosesso, L; Marcelli, A; Petrarca, M; Radica, F; Tranfo, G; Lupi, S; Della Ventura, G. - In: SENSORS. - ISSN 1424-8220. - 22:15(2022), p. 5624. [10.3390/s22155624]
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