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2005
[Wisthaler2005] Wisthaler, A., G. Tamás, D. P. Wyon, P. Strøm-Tejsen, D. Space, J. Beauchamp, A. Hansel, T. D. Maerk, and C. J. Weschler, "Products of ozone-initiated chemistry in a simulated aircraft environment.", Environ Sci Technol, vol. 39, no. 13: International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), DK-2800 Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark., pp. 4823–4832, Jul, 2005.
Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/es047992j
Abstract
We used proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) to examine the products formed when ozone reacted with the materials in a simulated aircraft cabin, including a loaded high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filter in the return air system. Four conditions were examined: cabin (baseline), cabin plus ozone, cabin plus soiled T-shirts (surrogates for human occupants), and cabin plus soiled T-shirts plus ozone. The addition of ozone to the cabin without T-shirts, at concentrations typically encountered during commercial air travel, increased the mixing ratio (v:v concentration) of detected pollutants from 35 ppb to 80 ppb. Most of this increase was due to the production of saturated and unsaturated aldehydes and tentatively identified low-molecular-weight carboxylic acids. The addition of soiled T-shirts, with no ozone present, increased the mixing ratio of pollutants in the cabin air only slightly, whereas the combination of soiled T-shirts and ozone increased the mixing ratio of detected pollutants to 110 ppb, with more than 20 ppb originating from squalene oxidation products (acetone, 4-oxopentanal, and 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one). For the two conditions with ozone present, the more-abundant oxidation products included acetone/propanal (8-20 ppb), formaldehyde (8-10 ppb), nonanal (approximately 6 ppb), 4-oxopentanal (3-7 ppb), acetic acid (approximately 7 ppb), formic acid (approximately 3 ppb), and 6-methyl-5-hepten-2-one (0.5-2.5 ppb), as well as compounds tentatively identified as acrolein (0.6-1 ppb) and crotonaldehyde (0.6-0.8 ppb). The odor thresholds of certain products were exceeded. With an outdoor air exchange of 3 h(-1) and a recirculation rate of 20 h(-1), the measured ozone surface removal rate constant was 6.3 h(-1) when T-shirts were not present, compared to 11.4 h(-1) when T-shirts were present.
[Biasioli2005] Biasioli, F., F. Gasperi, E. Aprea, D. Mott, I. Endrizzi, V. Framondino, and T. D. Märk, "PTR-MS in agroindustrial applications: a methodological perspective", Mass Spectrometry and Its Applications, pp. 77, 2005.
Link: http://www.uibk.ac.at/iup/infofolder/contributions_ptrms.pdf#page=88
[Zini2005] Zini, E., F. Biasioli, F. Gasperi, D. Mott, E. Aprea, T. D. Maerk, A. Patocchi, C. Gessler, and M. Komjanc, "QTL mapping of volatile compounds in ripe apples detected by proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry", Euphytica, vol. 145, no. 3: Springer, pp. 269–279, 2005.
Link: http://www.springerlink.com/index/7353036TQ1852282.pdf
Abstract
The availability of genetic linkage maps enables the detection and analysis of QTLs contributing to quality traits of the genotype. Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS), a relatively novel spectrometric technique, has been applied to measure the headspace composition of the Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) emitted by apple fruit genotypes of the progeny ‘Fiesta’ × ‘Discovery’. Fruit samples were characterised by their PTR-MS spectra normalised to total area. QTL analysis for all PTR-MS peaks was carried out and 10 genomic regions associated with the peaks at m/z = 28, 43, 57, 61, 103, 115 and 145 were identified (LOD > 2.5). We show that it is possible to find quantitative trait loci (QTLs) related to PTR-MS characterisation of the headspace composition of single whole apple fruits indicating the presence of a link between molecular characterisation and PTR-MS data. We provide tentative information on the metabolites related to the detected QTLs based on available chemical information. A relation between apple skin colour and peaks related to carbonyl compounds was established.
[Karl2005] Karl, T., F. Harren, C. Warneke, J. De Gouw, C. Grayless, and R. Fall, "Senescing grass crops as regional sources of reactive volatile organic compounds", Journal of geophysical research, vol. 110, no. D15: American Geophysical Union, pp. D15302, 2005.
Link: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2005/2005JD005777.shtml
Abstract
Grass crop species, rice and sorghum, that are widely grown in the southeastern Texas region were analyzed for release of biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in simulated leaf-drying/senescence experiments. VOC release was measured by both online proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and proton transfer ion trap mass spectrometry (PIT-MS) methods, and it was demonstrated that these two grass crops release a large variety of oxygenated VOCs upon drying under laboratory conditions primarily from leaves and not from stems. VOC release from paddy rice varieties was much greater than from sorghum, and major VOCs identified by gas chromatography PTR-MS included methanol, acetaldehyde, acetone, n-pentanal, methyl propanal, hexenol, hexanal, cis-3-hexenal, and trans-2-hexenal. The latter four VOCs, all C6 compounds known to be formed in wounded leaves, were the major volatiles released from drying rice leaves; smaller but substantial amounts of acetaldehyde were observed in all drying experiments. Online detection of VOCs using PIT-MS gave results comparable to those obtained with PTR-MS, and use of PIT-MS with collision-induced dissociation of trapped ions allowed unambiguous determination of the ratios of cis- and trans-hexenals during different phases of drying. As rice is one of the largest harvested crops on a global scale, it is conceivable that during rice senescence releases of biogenic VOCs, especially the reactive C6 wound VOCs, may contribute to an imbalance in regional atmospheric oxidant formation during peak summer/fall ozone formation periods. A county-by-county estimate of the integrated emissions of reactive biogenic VOCs from sorghum and rice production in Texas suggests that these releases are orders of magnitude lower than anthropogenic VOCs in urban areas but also that VOC emissions from rice in southeastern coastal Texas may need to be included in regional air quality assessments during periods of extensive harvesting.
[Gallardo-Escamilla2005] Gallardo-Escamilla, F.. J., A.. L. Kelly, and C.. M. Delahunty, "Sensory characteristics and related volatile flavor compound profiles of different types of whey.", J Dairy Sci, vol. 88, no. 8: Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland., pp. 2689–2699, Aug, 2005.
Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3168/jds.S0022-0302(05)72947-7
Abstract
To characterize the flavor of liquid whey, 11 samples of whey representing a wide range of types were sourced from cheese and casein-making procedures, either industrial or from pilot-plant facilities. Whey samples were assessed for flavor by descriptive sensory evaluation and analyzed for headspace volatile composition by proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). The sensory data clearly distinguished between the samples in relation to the processes of manufacture; that is, significant differences were apparent between cheese, rennet, and acid wheys. For Mozzarella and Quarg wheys, in which fermentation progressed to low pH values, the starter cultures used for cheese making had a significant influence on flavor. In comparison, Cheddar and Gouda wheys were described by milk-like flavors, and rennet casein wheys were described by "sweet" (oat-like and "sweet") and thermally induced flavors. The volatile compound data obtained by PTR-MS differentiated the samples as distinctive and reproducible "chemical fingerprints". On applying partial least squares regression to determine relationships between sensory and volatile composition data, sensory characteristics such as "rancid" and cheese-like odors and "caramelized milk," yogurt-like, "sweet," and oat-like flavors were found to be related to the presence and absence of specific volatile compounds.
[Lindinger2005] Lindinger, C., P. Pollien, S. Ali, C. Yeretzian, I. Blank, and T. Maerk, "Unambiguous identification of volatile organic compounds by proton-transfer reaction mass spectrometry coupled with GC/MS.", Anal Chem, vol. 77, no. 13: Nestlé Research Center, Vers-chez-les-Blanc, 1000 Lausanne 26, Switzerland., pp. 4117–4124, Jul, 2005.
Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ac0501240
Abstract
Interest in on-line measurements of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is increasing, as sensitive, compact, and affordable direct inlet mass spectrometers are becoming available. Proton-transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) distinguishes itself by its high sensitivity (low ppt range), high time resolution (200 ms), little ionization-induced fragmentation, and ionization efficiency independent of the compound to be analyzed. Yet, PTR-MS has a shortcoming. It is a one-dimensional technique that characterizes compounds only via their mass, which is not sufficient for positive identification. Here, we introduce a technical and analytical extension of PTR-MS, which removes this shortcoming, while preserving its salient and unique features. Combining separation of VOCs by gas chromatography (GC) with simultaneous and parallel detection of the GC effluent by PTR-MS and electron impact MS, an unambiguous interpretation of complex PTR-MS spectra becomes feasible. This novel development is discussed on the basis of characteristic performance parameters, such as resolution, linear range, and detection limit. The recently developed drift tube with a reduced reaction volume is crucial to exploit the full potential of the setup. We illustrate the performance of the novel setup by analyzing a complex food system.
[Pinggera2005] Pinggera, G-M., P. Lirk, F. Bodogri, R. Herwig, G. Steckel-Berger, G. Bartsch, and J. Rieder, "Urinary acetonitrile concentrations correlate with recent smoking behaviour.", BJU Int, vol. 95, no. 3: Department of Urology, Medical University of Innsbruck, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria. Germar-Michael.Pinggera@uibk.ac.at, pp. 306–309, Feb, 2005.
Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1464-410X.2005.05288.x
Abstract
To assess the concentration of acetonitrile (a saturated aliphatic nitrile) in the urine of habitual cigarette smokers and non-smokers, as exposure to smoke can be measured by monitoring ambient air or by in vivo tests, but acetonitrile measured in exhaled breath is reportedly a quantitative marker of recent smoking behaviour.The study included 101 volunteers (57 men and 44 women, mean age 49 years). An absence of urinary tract infection on urine analysis or clinical history was mandatory. The subjects were classified into five groups, i.e. a control group of non-smokers and four groups according to the number of cigarettes smoked daily. Urine samples were stored at 8 degrees C until acetonitrile was measured, within 24 h of collection, using proton-transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). Each measurement was repeated at least 10 times, and the mean used for statistical analysis.The mean (sd) acetonitrile level in the urine of 46 non-smokers was 3.74 (1.78) parts per billion volatile (ppbv). The concentration of acetonitrile increased with the number of cigarettes smoked daily, the highest concentration being in the subgroup of 13 very heavy smokers (>30 cigarettes/day) with means up to 28.04 (5.38) ppbv.PTR-MS is a quick, noninvasive online method for determining urinary acetonitrile levels, a marker for recent active and passive smoking behaviour, and thus for checking compliance. As smoking has been shown to affect the genesis of bladder cancer, further studies are required to determine the association of acetonitrile with bladder cancer.
2004
[Biasioli2004a] Biasioli, F., F. Gasperi, G. Odorizzi, E. Aprea, and D. Mott, "Applicabilità del PTR-MS al controllo degli odori negli impianti per il trattamento dei rifiuti", Rifiuti solidi, 2004.
Link: http://openpub.iasma.it/handle/10449/18438
[Ammann2004] Ammann, C., C. Spirig, A. Neftel, M. Steinbacher, M. Komenda, and A. Schaub, "Application of PTR-MS for measurements of biogenic VOC in a deciduous forest", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2: Elsevier, pp. 87–101, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003884
Abstract
The vegetation–atmosphere-exchange is an important process controlling the atmospheric concentration of various volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that play a major role in atmospheric chemistry. However, the quantification of VOC exchange on the ecosystem scale is still an analytical challenge. In the present study we tested and applied a proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry system (PTR-MS) for the measurement of biogenic VOCs in a mixed deciduous forest. VOC concentrations were calculated from the raw instrument signals based on physical principles. This method allows a consistent quantification also of compounds for which regular calibration with a gas standard is not available. It requires a regular and careful investigation of the mass-dependent ion detection characteristics of the PTR-MS, which otherwise could become a considerable error source. The PTR-MS method was tested in the laboratory for a range of oxygenated and non-oxygenated VOCs using a permeation source. The agreement was within 16% or better, which is well within the expected uncertainty. During the field measurement campaign in a deciduous forest stand, an on-line intercomparison with a state-of-the-art gas-chromatography system showed a generally good agreement. However, the relatively low ambient VOC concentrations revealed some systematic difference for acetone and isoprene, that may indicate an error in the determination of the PTR-MS offset or an interference of an unidentified isobaric compound on the detected ion mass. With the presentation of selected field results, we demonstrate the ability of the PTR-MS system to measure continuous vertical concentration profiles of biogenic VOCs throughout a forest canopy at a time resolution of 20 min. The resulting datasets provide valuable information for the study of the interactions between emission, photochemical transformation and transport processes within and above the forest canopy.
[Amann2004] Amann, A., G. Poupart, S. Telser, M. Ledochowski, A. Schmid, and S. Mechtcheriakov, "Applications of breath gas analysis in medicine", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2-3, pp. 227 - 233, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003574
Abstract
Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in exhaled breath gas provide valuable information about the subjects' physiological and pathophysiological condition. Proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) allows rapid and online measurements of these substances. We present results of three studies illustrating the potential of breath gas analysis by PTR-MS in various contexts: long-time online monitoring of VOCs in sleeping subjects suggests that VOC profiles are related to sleep stages. Analysis of VOC concentrations in the breath of carbohydrate malabsorbers emphasizes the role played by bacteria in the gut. Finally, we demonstrate the large intra- and intersubject concentration variability of VOCs by considering one particular mass.
[Cooper2004] Cooper, OR., C. Forster, D. Parrish, M. Trainer, E. Dunlea, T. Ryerson, G. Huebler, F. Fehsenfeld, D. Nicks, J. Holloway, et al., "A case study of transpacific warm conveyor belt transport: Influence of merging airstreams on trace gas import to North America", Journal of geophysical research, vol. 109, no. D23: American Geophysical Union, pp. D23S08, 2004.
Link: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2004/2003JD003624.shtml
Abstract
The warm conveyor belt (WCB), the major cloud-forming airstream of midlatitude cyclones, is the primary mechanism for rapidly transporting air pollution from one continent to another. However, relatively little has been written on WCB transport across the North Pacific Ocean. To address this important intercontinental transport route, this study describes the life cycle of a WCB associated with the export of a highly polluted air mass from Asia to North America. This event was sampled using in situ measurements from an aircraft platform flying above the North American West Coast during the 2002 Intercontinental Transport and Chemical Transformation (ITCT 2K2) experiment on 5 May. Satellite imagery, trajectory ensembles, in situ measurements, and animations are used to illustrate the formation of the WCB near eastern Asia, its entrainment of polluted air masses, its transport path across the Pacific, and its decay above the eastern North Pacific Ocean and western North America. A major finding is that a WCB can entrain air from a variety of source regions and not just the atmospheric boundary layer. We estimate that 8% of the WCB's mass originated in the stratosphere and 44% passed through the lower troposphere, of which two thirds passed through the lower troposphere above the populated regions of eastern Asia. The remaining 48% traveled entirely within the middle and upper troposphere over the previous 5.5 days. Interestingly, an estimated 18% of the WCB's mass was entrained from an upwind and decaying WCB via a newly discovered but apparently common transport mechanism. Only 9% of the WCB's mass subsequently passed through the lower troposphere of the United States, with the remainder passing over North America in the middle and upper troposphere.
[Biasioli2004b] Biasioli, F., F. Gasperi, D. Mott, E. Aprea, F. Marini, and TD. Maerk, "Characterization of Strawberry Genotypes by PTR-MS Spectral Fingerprinting: a Three Year Study", V International Strawberry Symposium 708, pp. 497–500, 2004.
Link: http://www.actahort.org/books/708/708_87.htm
Abstract
Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) fingerprinting has been used to accurately and rapidly identify the cultivar of single intact strawberry fruits. The technique has been applied in a 3-cultivar experiment with 70 fruits harvested in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The proposed models correctly predicted the cultivar. Cross-validation tests verified 100% correct classification. The data indicated the possibility of correctly characterizing single fruit by fast non-invasive measurements without any pre-treatment and/or concentration of the headspace gas mixture. This is a necessary preliminary step in view of correlation studies of PTR-MS data with genetics and other characterization of fruits, in particular, sensory analysis. Extension to more cultivars is envisaged.
[Boscaini2004] Boscaini, E., T. Mikoviny, A. Wisthaler, E. von Hartungen, and T. D. Märk, "Characterization of wine with PTR-MS", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2: Elsevier, pp. 215–219, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003537
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A new method for measuring volatile profiles of alcoholic beverages (or other ethanol-containing analytes such as perfumes or herbs) has been developed. The method is based on proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). However, instead of hydronium ions (H3O+) protonated ethanol clusters (C2H5OH2+(C2H5OH)n = 1,2) are used as chemical ionization reagent ions. A stable reagent ion distribution is obtained by a 10-fold dilution of analyte headspace into ethanol-saturated nitrogen. Samples with different ethanol content can thus be directly compared. Characteristic mass spectral fingerprints have been obtained for four wine varieties. Principal component analysis discriminates between different wine varieties and shows specific correlations between wine variety and selected ions.
[Christian2004] Christian, TJ., B. Kleiss, RJ. Yokelson, R. Holzinger, PJ. Crutzen, WM. Hao, T. Shirai, and DR. Blake, "Comprehensive laboratory measurements of biomass-burning emissions: 2. First intercomparison of open-path FTIR, PTR-MS, and GC-MS/FID/ECD", Journal of geophysical research, vol. 109, no. D2: American Geophysical Union, pp. D02311, 2004.
Link: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2004/2003JD003874.shtml
Abstract
Oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOC) can dominate atmospheric organic chemistry, but they are difficult to measure reliably at low levels in complex mixtures. Several techniques that have been used to speciate nonmethane organic compounds (NMOC) including OVOC were codeployed/intercompared in well-mixed smoke generated by 47 fires in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Fire Sciences Combustion Facility. The agreement between proton transfer reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) and open-path Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (OP-FTIR) was excellent for methanol (PT/FT = 1.04 ± 0.118) and good on average for phenol (0.843 ± 0.845) and acetol (∼0.81). The sum of OP-FTIR mixing ratios for acetic acid and glycolaldehyde agreed (within experimental uncertainty) with the PTR-MS mixing ratios for protonated mass 61 (PT/FT = 1.17 ± 0.34), and the sum of OP-FTIR mixing ratios for furan and isoprene agreed with the PTR-MS mixing ratios for protonated mass 69 (PT/FT = 0.783 ± 0.465). The sum of OP-FTIR mixing ratios for acetone and methylvinylether accounted for most of the PTR-MS protonated mass 59 signal (PT/FT = 1.29 ± 0.81), suggesting that one of these compounds was underestimated by OP-FTIR or that it failed to detect other compounds that could contribute at mass 59. Canister grab sampling followed by gas chromatography (GC) with mass spectrometry (MS), flame ionization detection (FID), and electron capture detection (ECD) analysis by two different groups agreed well with OP-FTIR for ethylene, acetylene, and propylene. However, these propylene levels were below those observed by PTR-MS (PT/FT = 2.33 ± 0.89). Good average agreement between PTR-MS and GC was obtained for benzene and toluene. At mixing ratios above a few parts per billion the OP-FTIR had advantages for measuring sticky compounds (e.g., ammonia and formic acid) or compounds with low proton affinity (e.g., hydrogen cyanide and formaldehyde). Even at these levels, only the PTR-MS measured acetonitrile and acetaldehyde. Below a few ppbv only the PTR-MS measured a variety of OVOC, but the possibility of fragmentation, interference, and sampling losses must be considered.
[Schnitzler2004] SCHNITZLER, JÖRG-PETER., M. Graus, J. Kreuzwieser, U. Heizmann, H. Rennenberg, A. Wisthaler, and A. Hansel, "Contribution of different carbon sources to isoprene biosynthesis in poplar leaves", Plant Physiology, vol. 135, no. 1: Am Soc Plant Biol, pp. 152–160, 2004.
Link: http://www.plantphysiol.org/content/135/1/152.short
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This study was performed to test if alternative carbon sources besides recently photosynthetically fixed CO2 are used for isoprene formation in the leaves of young poplar (Populus × canescens) trees. In a 13CO2 atmosphere under steady state conditions, only about 75% of isoprene became 13C labeled within minutes. A considerable part of the unlabeled carbon may be derived from xylem transported carbohydrates, as may be shown by feeding leaves with [U-13C]Glc. As a consequence of this treatment approximately 8% to 10% of the carbon emitted as isoprene was 13C labeled. In order to identify further carbon sources, poplar leaves were depleted of leaf internal carbon pools and the carbon pools were refilled with 13C labeled carbon by exposure to 13CO2. Results from this treatment showed that about 30% of isoprene carbon became 13C labeled, clearly suggesting that, in addition to xylem transported carbon and CO2, leaf internal carbon pools, e.g. starch, are used for isoprene formation. This use was even increased when net assimilation was reduced, for example by abscisic acid application. The data provide clear evidence of a dynamic exchange of carbon between different cellular precursors for isoprene biosynthesis, and an increasing importance of these alternative carbon pools under conditions of limited photosynthesis. Feeding [1,2-13C]Glc and [3-13C]Glc to leaves via the xylem suggested that alternative carbon sources are probably derived from cytosolic pyruvate/phosphoenolpyruvate equivalents and incorporated into isoprene according to the predicted cleavage of the 3-C position of pyruvate during the initial step of the plastidic deoxyxylulose-5-phosphate pathway.
[LaPorta2004] La Porta, N., F. Biasioli, F. Gasperi, and T. D. Märk, "Discrimination of Heterobasidion annosum ISGs by evaluation of volatile organic compounds", S. Michele all'Adige, Italy, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 379–382, 2004.
Link: http://core.kmi.open.ac.uk/download/pdf/2835560#page=418
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Heterobasidion annosum represents one of the most dangerous fungi in the conifer forest of the boreal hemisphere. This fungus was differentiated into three biological species (Intersterile groups; ISGs) characterized by different host specificity, patogenicity and distribution. A fast and easy identification of the ISG has important consequences on the silvicultural decition making. However, the determination of the ISG from the morphological traits of fruit bodies or, least of all, from mycelium is usually not easy. Proton Transfer Reaction – Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) is a new technique proposed and realised by the University of Innsbruck, and now issued also to the market. This technique allows high performance on-line measurements for a large number of VOCs. The aim of this work was to verify the possibility to discriminate the H. annosum ISGs based on their volatile compound emission and to identify putative characteristic masses that may play an important role in the host specificity and in the specific antagonistic fungi among each ISGs. Twelve strains belong to the three ISGs (here idicated by F, P and S) were analysed by PTRMS fingerprinting. P ISG was definitely separated from F and S ISGs. In addition, several masses show to be significantly different among the three ISGs. ANOVA on PTR-MS peak values identified 16 significant masses out of 230. Applications and limitations of this approach are discussed.
[Grabmer2004] Grabmer, W., M. Graus, C. Lindinger, A. Wisthaler, B. Rappenglück, R. Steinbrecher, and A. Hansel, "Disjunct eddy covariance measurements of monoterpene fluxes from a Norway spruce forest using PTR-MS", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2: Elsevier, pp. 111–115, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003914
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Interest in reliable quantification of organic trace compounds released from terrestrial ecosystems stems from their impact on oxidant levels such as ozone and hydroxyl radicals and on secondary organic aerosol formation. In an attempt to quantify these emissions, a disjunct sampler (DS) was coupled to a PTR-MS instrument. In the disjunct eddy covariance (DEC) technique, an instantaneous grab sample is taken at intervals of tens of seconds and vertical wind speed is recorded at the instant of sample collection. The intermittent periods are used for sample analysis by a moderately fast chemical sensor, in this case a PTR-MS instrument, which allows for fast and sensitive detection of biogenic volatile organic compounds. The vertical turbulent transport of a trace compound is then calculated from the covariance of the fluctuations in vertical wind speed and compound mixing ratio. Fluxes of monoterpenes from a Norway spruce forest were measured during the 2002 summer intensive field campaign of BEWA2000 and results compared well with data obtained using relaxed eddy accumulation (REA) and the enclosure approach. In addition to this field experiment, a laboratory test was carried out to validate the disjunct sampling procedure.
[Jaksch2004] Jaksch, D., R. Margesin, T. Mikoviny, JD. Skalny, E. Hartungen, F. Schinner, NJ. Mason, and TD. Märk, "The effect of ozone treatment on the microbial contamination of pork meat measured by detecting the emissions using PTR-MS and by enumeration of microorganisms", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2: Elsevier, pp. 209–214, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003471
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In this paper, we report the results of treating commercial samples of pork meat with ozone in order to determine whether such treatment reduces microbial growth and hence extends the shelf lifetime of such products. The technique of Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTR-MS) was used to study volatile emissions with the signal detected at mass 63 (assumed to be a measure for dimethylsulphide) being used as a diagnostic of bacterial activity. Such a signal was found to strongly increase with time for an untreated meat sample whereas ozone-treated meat samples showed much reduced emissions—suggesting that the microbial activity had been greatly suppressed by ozone treatment. An independent analysis, however, revealed that microbial counts were very high, independent of the treatment.
[Tani2004] Tani, A., S. Hayward, A. Hansel, and N. C Hewitt, "Effect of water vapour pressure on monoterpene measurements using proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS)", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2: Elsevier, pp. 161–169, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003495
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The effects of water vapour pressure (WVP) on the fragmentation of seven monoterpene and related C10 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the drift tube of a proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometer (PTR-MS) were investigated. In addition, the combined effects of varying WVP and the ratios of electric field strength to number density of the buffer gas (E/N) were investigated in detail for three of these compounds, the monoterpenes α-pinene and sabinene plus the related C10 VOC p-cymene. Under normal operating conditions (E/N = 124 Td), WVP affected the fragment patterns of all compounds with the exception of β-pinene and the three oxygenated C10 VOCs. WVP had a significant effect on the fragment patterns of α-pinene and sabinene at the lower E/N ratios (around 80 Td) but had little effect on fragmentation towards the higher E/N ratios used here (∼142 Td). On the other hand, p-cymene fragmentation was most affected by WVP under normal operating conditions. PTR-MS sensitivity towards the three compounds was also considered under three conditions where reaction was assumed with (1) H3O+ only; (2) H3O+ and H3O+H2O; and (3) H3O+, H3O+H2O and H3O+(H2O)2. Our results indicate that α-pinene and sabinene react not only with H3O+ and H3O+H2O via direct proton transfer but also with H3O+(H2O)2 via ligand switching. p-Cymene seems to react only with H3O+ via direct proton transfer and with H3O+H2O via ligand switching. It is speculated that the WVP effect on fragmentation results from the differing abundances of hydrated reagent ions which causes different frequencies of individual reactions to occur, thus, determining how ‘soft’ the overall reaction is. These results also indicate that under normal conditions, a correction should be made for WVP if the concentration of p-cymene in air samples is to be determined from the single ion signal of either protonated molecular ions or the most dominant fragment ions.
[Northway2004] Northway, MJ., JA. De Gouw, DW. Fahey, RS. Gao, C. Warneke, JM. Roberts, and F. Flocke, "Evaluation of the role of heterogeneous oxidation of alkenes in the detection of atmospheric acetaldehyde", Atmospheric Environment, vol. 38, no. 35: Elsevier, pp. 6017–6028, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1352231004006429
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Unexpectedly high values for acetaldehyde have been observed in airborne measurements using a proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry instrument. The acetaldehyde values increase with increasing ambient ozone levels with a ratio up to 5 pptv acetaldehyde per ppbv of ozone in the free troposphere. The elevated values of acetaldehyde cannot easily be explained from known tropospheric chemistry. Here, we investigate the possibility that the elevated acetaldehyde signals are due to a sampling artifact. Laboratory experiments show that the elevated signals are not due to changes of the ion chemistry in the instrument, or from the instrument materials reacting with ozone. The heterogeneous oxidation of a number of unsaturated organic compounds is investigated as a possible source for a chemical artifact produced in the instrument inlet. The products of the heterogeneous reactions are consistent with gas phase chemistry, and the ozonolysis of some alkenes does produce acetaldehyde when they have the appropriate hydrocarbon structure. The amount of reactive material in the free troposphere expected to accumulate in the aircraft inlet is unknown, and the exact origin of reactive compounds that contribute to the artifact production remains unresolved.
[Karl2004] Karl, T., M. Potosnak, A. Guenther, D. Clark, J. Walker, J. D. Herrick, and C. Geron, "Exchange processes of volatile organic compounds above a tropical rain forest: Implications for modeling tropospheric chemistry above dense vegetation", Journal of geophysical research, vol. 109, no. D18: American Geophysical Union, pp. D18306, 2004.
Link: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2004/2004JD004738.shtml
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Disjunct eddy covariance in conjunction with continuous in-canopy gradient measurements allowed for the first time to quantify the fine-scale source and sink distribution of some of the most abundant biogenic (isoprene, monoterpenes, methanol, acetaldehyde, and acetone) and photooxidized (MVK+MAC, acetone, acetaldehyde, acetic, and formic acid) VOCs in an old growth tropical rain forest. Our measurements revealed substantial isoprene emissions (up to 2.50 mg m−2 h−1) and light-dependent monoterpene emissions (up to 0.33 mg m−2 h−1) at the peak of the dry season (April and May 2003). Oxygenated species such as methanol, acetone, and acetaldehyde were typically emitted during daytime with net fluxes up to 0.50, 0.36, and 0.20 mg m−2 h−1, respectively. When generalized for tropical rain forests, these fluxes would add up to a total emission of 36, 16, 19, 106, and 7.2 Tg/yr for methanol, acetaldehyde, acetone, isoprene, and monoterpenes, respectively. During nighttime we observed strong sinks for oxygenated and nitrogen-containing compounds such as methanol, acetone, acetaldehyde, MVK+MAC, and acetonitrile with deposition velocities close to the aerodynamic limit. This suggests that the canopy resistance (Rc) is very small and not the rate-limiting step for the nighttime deposition of many VOCs. Our measured mean dry deposition velocities of methanol, acetone, acetaldehyde, MVK+MAC, and acetonitrile were a factor 10–20 higher than estimated from traditional deposition models. If our measurements are generalized, this could have important implications for the redistribution of VOCs in atmospheric chemistry models. Our observations indicate that the current understanding of reactive carbon exchange can only be seen as a first-order approximation.
[Yeretzian2004] Yeretzian, C., P. Pollien, C. Lindinger, and S. Ali, "Individualization of Flavor Preferences: Toward a Consumer-centric and Individualized Aroma Science", Comprehensive Reviews in food science and food safety, vol. 3, no. 4: Wiley Online Library, pp. 152–159, 2004.
Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1541-4337.2004.tb00066.x/abstract
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Personal dietary choices are largely based on flavor preferences. Thus understanding individual flavor perception and preference is vital to understanding the basis of human diet selection. We have developed novel tools to measure in real time and at an individual level volatile aroma compounds delivered breath-by-breath to the nose while eating and drinking. The same food may deliver different aromas to different people, due the specificities of their in-mouth environment (inter-individual differences). Moreover, a person may eat a given food in a different manner, leading to variations in the aroma profile reaching the nose (intra-individual differences). Understanding the basis of these differences opens the door to an individualized aroma science and the road to delivering nutritional value and health through products consumers prefer. The challenge to the food industry is to align what the consumer wants with what the consumer needs, delivering nutritional value and health through products they prefer.
[Ruth2004] van Ruth, S. M., and K. Buhr, "Influence of mastication rate on dynamic flavour release analysed by combined model mouth/proton transfer reaction–mass spectrometry", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2: Elsevier, pp. 187–192, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003562
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The influence of mastication rate on the dynamic release of seven volatile flavour compounds from sunflower oil was evaluated by combined model mouth/proton transfer reaction–mass spectrometry (PTR–MS). Air/oil partition coefficients were measured by static headspace gas chromatography. The dynamic release of the seven volatile flavour compounds from sunflower oil was significantly affected by the compounds’ hydrophobicity and the mastication rate employed in the model mouth. The more hydrophobic compounds were released at a higher rate than their hydrophilic counterparts. Increase in mastication rate increased the maximum concentration measured by 36% on average, and the time to reach this maximum by 35% on average. Mastication affected particularly the release of the hydrophilic compounds. The maximum concentration of the compounds correlated significantly with the compounds’ air/oil partition coefficients. The initial release rates over the first 15 s were affected by the type of compound, but not by the mastication rate. During the course of release, the proportions of the hydrophilic compounds to the overall flavour mixture in air decreased. The contribution of the hydrophobic compounds increased. Higher mastication rates, however, increased the proportions of the hydrophilic compounds and decreased those of the hydrophobic compounds.
[Mei2004] Mei, J. B., G. A. Reineccius, B. W Knighton, and E. P. Grimsrud, "Influence of strawberry yogurt composition on aroma release", Journal of agricultural and food chemistry, vol. 52, no. 20: ACS Publications, pp. 6267–6270, 2004.
Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf049787t
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The primary objective of this study was to determine how yogurt ingredients affect aroma release in the mouth during eating. A model strawberry flavor consisting of ethyl butanoate, ethyl 3-methylbutanoate, (Z)-hex-3-enol, 2-methylbutanoic acid, 5-hexylhydro-2(3H)-furanone, and 3-methyl-3-phenylglycidic acid ethyl ester was added to unflavored, unsweetened yogurt that had different added sweeteners and hydrocolloids. In all, 12 yogurt formulations were examined to determine the effects of gelatin, modified food starch, pectin, sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, and aspartame on aroma release. Aroma release was monitored by breath-by-breath analysis (proton-transfer reaction−mass spectrometry) during eating of the test yogurts. Results showed aroma release of the ethyl butanoate, (Z)-hex-3-enol, and ethyl 3-methylbutanoate to be suppressed by sweeteners, with 55 DE high-fructose corn syrup having the greatest effect. Addition of thickening agents had no significant effect on the aroma release profiles of the compounds under study.
[Gouw2004] de Gouw, J., C. Warneke, R. Holzinger, T. Klüpfel, and J. Williams, "Inter-comparison between airborne measurements of methanol, acetonitrile and acetone using two differently configured PTR-MS instruments", International Journal of Mass Spectrometry, vol. 239, no. 2: Elsevier, pp. 129–137, 2004.
Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1387380604003513
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Proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) has emerged as a useful tool to study the atmospheric chemistry of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The technique combines a fast response time with a low detection limit, and allows atmospheric measurements of many important VOCs and their oxidation products. Here, we inter-compare the results obtained with two differently configured PTR-MS instruments operated onboard a Falcon aircraft during the Mediterranean Intensive Oxidants Study (MINOS) campaign in the Mediterranean region. One PTR-MS was operated at a drift tube pressure of 2.3 mbar and an electric field divided by gas number density value (E/N) of 120 Td for the detection of VOCs and aromatic hydrocarbons. The other PTR-MS was operated at an increased pressure of 2.8 mbar and a reduced E/N of 97 Td for the detection of peroxyacetyl nitrate (PAN). As a consequence, more H3O+(H2O)n cluster ions were present in the drift tube, which undergo proton-transfer reactions with VOCs similar to H3O+ ions. The results for methanol (CH3OH), acetonitrile (CH3CN) and acetone (CH3COCH3) obtained with the instruments compared very well. The agreement between the two results was relatively independent of the ambient mixing ratio of water, which influences the H3O+(H2O)n cluster ion distribution, and of ozone, which has been implicated in the artificial formation of aldehydes and ketones.

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