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Determination of linear and cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes in air at a regional background site in Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Applied Environmental Science (ITM).
2013 (English)In: Atmospheric Environment, ISSN 1352-2310, Vol. 80, 322-329 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A number of volatile methylsiloxanes have been identified as environmental contaminants and several are currently the subject of detailed risk assessments due to concerns that they may be persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic in the environment. Once emitted these chemicals reside primarily in the atmosphere. Consequently, knowledge of their concentrations in air is essential to understanding their fate in the environment and any potential adverse impacts. We developed a method to analyse 4 cyclic volatile methylsiloxanes (D3, D4, D5 and D6) and 4 linear volatile methylsiloxanes (L3, L4, L5 and L6) in air at regional background levels. The method showed good repeatability (median difference between sample pairs of 2-8%) and low limits of quantification (from 3.8 pg m(-3) for L3 to 320 pg m(-3) for D4). However, the analysis of D3 and D4 was confounded by the transformation of D5 to these analytes on the sampling cartridge. During a sampling campaign with a daily temporal resolution between November 4 and December 14 2011, all analytes with the exception of L5 and L6 could be quantified in all samples. It was hypothesized that the ratio of the concentrations of different VMS reflected the relative strength of their emissions to the airshed due to the slow phototransformation of the VMS at high latitudes in winter. This was supported by available emissions information.

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2013. Vol. 80, 322-329 p.
Keyword [en]
Volatile methylsiloxanes, Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane, Decamethylcyclopentasiloxane, Trace analysis, Atmosphere
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98281DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2013.08.001ISI: 000328094800034OAI: diva2:685542


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