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A versatile, refrigerant- and cryogen-free cryofocusing–thermodesorption unit for preconcentration of traces gases in air

Obersteiner, Florian; Bönisch, Harald; Keber, Timo; O'Doherty, Simon; Engel, Andreas

We present a compact and versatile cryofocusing– thermodesorption unit, which we developed for quantitative analysis of halogenated trace gases in ambient air. Possible applications include aircraft-based in situ measurements, in situ monitoring and laboratory operation for the analysis of flask samples. Analytes are trapped on adsorptive material cooled by a Stirling cooler to low temperatures (e.g. - 80° C) and subsequently desorbed by rapid heating of the adsorptive material (e.g. +200° C). The set-up involves neither the exchange of adsorption tubes nor any further condensation or refocusing steps. No moving parts are used that would require vacuum insulation. This allows for a simple and robust design. Reliable operation is ensured by the Stirling cooler, which neither contains a liquid refrigerant nor requires refilling a cryogen. At the same time, it allows for significantly lower adsorption temperatures compared to commonly used Peltier elements. We use gas chromatography – mass spectrometry (GC–MS) for separation and detection of the preconcentrated analytes after splitless injection. A substance boiling point range of appr ... mehr

Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung - Atmosphärische Spurenstoffe und Fernerkundung (IMK-ASF)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Jahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator DOI: 10.5194/amt-9-5265-2016
ISSN: 1867-8548, 1867-1381
URN: urn:nbn:de:swb:90-624433
KITopen ID: 1000062443
HGF-Programm 12.04.03; LK 01
Erschienen in Atmospheric measurement techniques
Band 9
Heft 11
Seiten 5265–5279
Lizenz CC BY 3.0 DE: Creative Commons Namensnennung 3.0 Deutschland
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