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[Seewald2010] Seewald, M. S. A., W. Singer, B. A. Knapp, I. H. Franke-Whittle, A. Hansel, and H. Insam, "Substrate-induced volatile organic compound emissions from compost-amended soils", Biology and Fertility of Soils, vol. 46: Springer-Verlag, pp. 371-382, 2010.
The agronomic effects of composts, mineral fertiliser and combinations thereof on chemical, biological and physiological soil properties have been studied in an 18-year field experiment. The present study aimed at tracing treatment effects by evaluating the volatile organic compound (VOC) emission of the differently treated soils: non-amended control, nitrogen fertilisation and composts (produced from organic waste and sewage sludge, respectively) in combination with nitrogen fertiliser. Microbial community structure was determined by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE). Aerobic and anaerobic soil VOC emission was determined after glucose amendment using proton transfer reaction–mass spectrometry (PTR-MS). After inducing VOC production by substrate (glucose) addition and at the same time reducing oxygen availability to impair degradation of the produced VOCs, we were able to differentiate among the treatments. Organic waste compost did not alter the VOC emissions compared to the untreated control, whilst sewage sludge composts and mineral fertilisation showed distinct effects. This differentiation was supported by DGGE analysis of fungal 18S rDNA fragments and confirms earlier findings on bacterial communities. Three major conclusions can be drawn: (1) VOC patterns are able to discriminate among soil treatments. (2) Sewage sludge compost and mineral fertilisation have not only the strongest impact on microbial community composition but also on VOC emission patterns, but specific tracer VOCs could not be identified. (3) Future efforts should aim at a PTR-MS-linked identification of the detected masses.
[Singer2011] Singer, W., J. Herbig, R. Gutmann, K. Winkler, I. Kohl, and A. Hansel, "Applications of PTR-MS in medicine and biotechnology", American Laboratory, vol. 43, no. 7: AMER LABORATORY-LABCOMPARE 30 CONTROLS DRIVE, SHELTON, CT 06484 USA, pp. 34–37, 2011.
Proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) is a well-established analytical tool for the measurement of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and offers real-time detection and quantification of VOCs at trace concentrations. This paper focuses on the measurement of VOCs in biological systems. Both microorganisms and cells, e.g., in the human body, constantly produce a large variety of volatile organic metabolites. Analyzing VOCs in exhaled human breath reveals information about the status of the body. In a similar manner, monitoring the off-gas of fermentations in the biopharmaceutical industry allows microbial activity to be gauged. Undesired compounds (those that are harmful to the human body or impurities in biotechnical processes) can also be tracked in real time using the technique.
[Luchner2012] Luchner, M., R. Gutmann, K. Bayer, J. Dunkl, A. Hansel, J. Herbig, W. Singer, F. Strobl, K. Winkler, and G. Striedner, "Implementation of proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) for advanced bioprocess monitoring.", Biotechnol Bioeng, vol. 109, no. 12: ACIB GmbH, Muthgasse 11, A-1190 Vienna, Austria., pp. 3059–3069, Dec, 2012.
We report on the implementation of proton transfer reaction-mass spectrometry (PTR-MS) technology for on-line monitoring of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the off-gas of bioreactors. The main part of the work was focused on the development of an interface between the bioreactor and an analyzer suitable for continuous sampling of VOCs emanating from the bioprocess. The permanently heated sampling line with an inert surface avoids condensation and interaction of volatiles during transfer to the PTR-MS. The interface is equipped with a sterile sinter filter unit directly connected to the bioreactor headspace, a condensate trap, and a series of valves allowing for dilution of the headspace gas, in-process calibration, and multiport operation. To assess the aptitude of the entire system, a case study was conducted comprising three identical cultivations with a recombinant E. coli strain, and the volatiles produced in the course of the experiments were monitored with the PTR-MS. The high reproducibility of the measurements proved that the established sampling interface allows for reproducible transfer of volatiles from the headspace to the PTR-MS analyzer. The set of volatile compounds monitored comprises metabolites of different pathways with diverse functions in cell physiology but also volatiles from the process matrix. The trends of individual compounds showed diverse patterns. The recorded signal levels covered a dynamic range of more than five orders of magnitude. It was possible to assign specific volatile compounds to distinctive events in the bioprocess. The presented results clearly show that PTR-MS was successfully implemented as a powerful bioprocess-monitoring tool and that access to volatiles emitted by the cells opens promising perspectives in terms of advanced process control.

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Selected PTR-MS related Reviews

F. Biasioli, C. Yeretzian, F. Gasperi, T. D. Märk: PTR-MS monitoring of VOCs and BVOCs in food science and technology, Trends in Analytical Chemistry 30 (7) (2011).

J. de Gouw, C. Warneke, T. Karl, G. Eerdekens, C. van der Veen, R. Fall: Measurement of Volatile Organic Compounds in the Earth's Atmosphere using Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry. Mass Spectrometry Reviews, 26 (2007), 223-257.

W. Lindinger, A. Hansel, A. Jordan: Proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry (PTR–MS): on-line monitoring of volatile organic compounds at pptv levels, Chem. Soc. Rev. 27 (1998), 347-375.


Lists with PTR-MS relevant publications of the University of Innsbruck can be found here: Atmospheric and indoor air chemistry, IMR, Environmental Physics and Nano-Bio-Physics


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