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Titel (primär) Irreversible sorption of trace concentrations of perfluorocarboxylic acids to fiber filters used for air sampling
Autor Arp, H.P.H.; Goss, K.U.;
Journal / Serie Atmospheric Environment
Erscheinungsjahr 2008
Department AUC;
Band/Volume 42
Heft 28
Sprache englisch;
Keywords PFOA; Filter-artefacts; Gas-particle partitioning; Silylation
Abstract Due to the apparent environmental omnipresence of perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFAs), an increasing number of researchers are investigating their ambient particle- and gas-phase concentrations. Typically this is done using a high-volume air sampler equipped with Quartz Fiber Filters (QFFs) or Glass Fiber Filters (GFFs) to sample the particle-bound PFAs and downstream sorbents to sample the gas-phase PFAs. This study reports that at trace, ambient concentrations gas-phase PFAs sorb to QFFs and GFFs irreversibly and hardly pass through these filters to the downstream sorbents. As a consequence, it is not possible to distinguish between particle- and gas-phase concentrations, or to distinguish concentrations on different particle size fractions, unless precautions are taken. Failure to take such precautions could have already caused reported data to be misinterpreted. Here it is also reported that deactivating QFFs and GFFs with a silylating agent renders them suitable for sampling PFAs. Based on the presented study, a series of recommendations for air-sampling PFAs are provided.
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Arp, H.P.H., Goss, K.U. (2008):
Irreversible sorption of trace concentrations of perfluorocarboxylic acids to fiber filters used for air sampling
Atmos. Environ. 42 (28), 6869 - 6872