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[Warneke2011] Warneke, C., P. Veres, JS. Holloway, J. Stutz, C. Tsai, S. Alvarez, B. Rappenglueck, FC. Fehsenfeld, M. Graus, JB. Gilman, et al., "Airborne formaldehyde measurements using PTR-MS: calibration, humidity dependence, inter-comparison and initial results", Atmospheric Measurement Techniques Discussions, vol. 4, no. 4: Copernicus GmbH, pp. 4631–4665, 2011.
We present quantitative, fast time response measurements of formaldehyde (HCHO) onboard an aircraft using a Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass-Spectrometry (PTR-MS) instrument. The HCHO measurement by PTR-MS is strongly humidity dependent and therefore airborne measurements are difficult and have not been reported. The PTR-MS instrument was run in the normal operating mode, where about 15 volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are measured together with HCHO onboard the NOAA WP-3 aircraft during the CalNex 2010 campaign in California. We compare the humidity dependence determined in the laboratory with in-flight calibrations of HCHO and calculate the HCHO mixing ratio during all flights using the results from both. The detection limit for HCHO was between 100 pptv in the dry free troposphere and 300 pptv in the humid marine boundary layer for a one second acquisition time every 17 s. The PTR-MS measurements are compared with HCHO measurements using a DOAS instrument and a Hantzsch monitor at a ground site in Pasadena. The PTR-MS agreed with both instruments within the stated uncertainties. We also compare HCHO enhancement ratios in the Los Angeles basin and in the free troposphere with literature values and find good agreement. The usefulness of the PTR-MS HCHO measurements in atmospheric observations is demonstrated by following an isolated anthropogenic plume. The photochemical production of HCHO can be observed simultaneously with production of acetaldehyde and the photochemical degradation of aromatic compounds using the PTR-MS.
[Vlasenko2010a] Vlasenko, AL., S. Li, D. Bon, JB. Gilman, WC. Kuster, and JA. De Gouw, "PTR-TOF-MS measurements of atmospheric VOCs during the CALNEX 2010 campaign", AGU Fall Meeting Abstracts, vol. 1, pp. 0097, 2010.
During the CALNEX 2010 study, in-situ volatile organic compounds (VOCs) measurements were made aboard the WHOI research vessel Atlantis by a high resolution proton transfer mass spectrometer (PTR-TOF-MS, Ionicon Analytik). The PTR-TOF-MS was deployed along with a GC-FID system during cruise along the California coast and inside port areas to characterize atmospheric levels and chemical transformation of the extensive set of VOCs in marine boundary layer, in particular, in situations where outflows of pollutants from the major urban centers along the coast occur, and to probe the interactions of the anthropogenic pollutants with marine atmosphere. One minute average scans were collected over a period of 24 days. Several offshore outflow episodes were identified by the increasing mixing ratios of aromatic compounds, such as benzene, toluene and C8-aromatics. Preliminary analysis suggests a relatively rapid removal of these species as a result of photochemical aging over a time scale of hours during sunrise. The observed rates of removal correspond reasonably well with those expected from OH photochemistry. Data demonstrating all of these conclusions will be shown.

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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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