Compound-specific bromine isotope analysis of methyl bromide using gas chromatography hyphenated with inductively coupled plasma multiple-collector mass spectrometry
2011 (English)In: Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, ISSN 0951-4198, E-ISSN 1097-0231, Vol. 25, no 17, 2425-2432 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Methyl bromide is the most important natural bromine contributor to stratospheric ozone depletion, yet there are still large uncertainties regarding quantification of its sources and sinks. The stable bromine isotope composition of CH(3)Br is potentially a powerful tool to apportion its sources and to study both its transport and its reactive fate. A novel compound-specific method to measure (81)Br/(79)Br isotope ratios in CH3Br using gas chromatography hyphenated with inductively coupled plasma multiple-collector mass spectrometry (GC/MCICPMS) was developed. Sample amounts of >40 ng could bemeasured with a precision of 0.1 parts per thousand (1 sigma, n=3). The method results are reproducible over the long term as shown with 36 analyses acquired over 3 months, yielding a standard deviation ( 1s) better than 0.4 parts per thousand. This new method demonstrates for the first time Br isotope ratio determination in gaseous brominated samples. It is three orders of magnitude more sensitive than previously existing isotope ratio mass spectrometry methods for Br isotope determination of other organobromines, thus allowing applications towards ambient atmospheric samples.
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2011. Vol. 25, no 17, 2425-2432 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-66539DOI: 10.1002/rcm.5144ISI: 000294267200008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-66539DiVA: diva2:469787
authorCount :72011-12-272011-12-202013-04-25Bibliographically approved