Determination of decamethylcyclopentasiloxane in air using commercial solid phase extraction cartridges
2010 (English)In: Journal of Chromatography A, ISSN 0021-9673, E-ISSN 1873-3778, Vol. 1217, no 21, 3557-3560 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane (D-5), a high production volume chemical used in personal care products. has been designated for regulation in Canada and is under review in the EU because of concerns about its persistence and potential for bioaccumulation in the environment. D-5 is a volatile compound expected to be found primarily in air, but there is little information on atmospheric concentrations due to the lack of sensitive analytical methods. Here a simple and sensitive method to determine D-5 in ambient air is presented. The challenge in the environmental analysis of D-5 is avoiding contamination. Our method is based on the high trapping efficiency of the sorbent [solute ENV+, combined with a comparably high sampling rate. A small amount of sorbent (10 mg) is eluted in a small volume of n-hexane (0.1-0.6 mL). which is injected onto a GC/MS system without further processing. The simplicity of the method enables the use of a field blank for every sample to trace contamination. The method provides low limits of quantification (similar to 0.3 ng/m(3)), good repeatability and limited breakthrough (similar to 1%). By lowering the limit of quantification compared to published work by almost two orders of magnitude, it became possible to quantify D5 in ambient air at locations remote from strong point sources. The concentrations at a rural Swedish site ranged from 0.7 to 8 ng/m(3) over a period of 4 months.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 1217, no 21, 3557-3560 p.
Siloxane, Organosilicon, ENV
Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49222DOI: 10.1016/j.chroma.2010.03.045ISI: 000278238000013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-49222DiVA: diva2:376838
authorCount :22010-12-132010-12-132011-12-13Bibliographically approved