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Enhanced Microgas Chromatography Using Correlation Techniques for Continuous Indoor Pollutant Detection

We present for the first time a proof-of-concept system implementing the stochastic injection techniques within a silicon-based microgas chromatograph (μGC) which differs from standard laboratory chromatographs by its small size, shorter column and corresponding elution times, and potential low cost when batch manufactured in high volumes. We demonstrate that stochastic injection techniques can enable the continuous detection of pollutants or toxic gases, with high temporal resolution (5 s) and order-of-magnitude improvements in limit of detection compared to a standard single-injection technique, thus greatly improving performance of air quality monitoring devices. Since micro-GC systems have the potential to 1 day become ubiquitous in indoor environments, such stochastic injection techniques could enable faster detection of toxic compounds at lower concentrations in both industrial and residential settings.

Authors:   William Cesar; Frédéric Flourens; Claire Kaiser; Christophe Sutour; Dan E. Angelescu
Journal:   Analytical Chemistry
Year:   2015
DOI:   10.1021/acs.analchem.5b00687
Publication date:   18-May-2015
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