Determination of organometallics in intra-oral air by LT-GC/ICP-MS

Jörg Feldmann, Thomas Riechmann, Alfred V. Hirner

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Low temperature gas chromatography (LT-GC) coupled on-line with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) has been used to identify volatile metal and metalloid compounds in human breath. After cryogenic sampling, the gas sample: has been separated without any clean-up by increasing the temperature (-100 to +200 degrees C). Simultaneous determination of 11 elements with ICP-MS was used for screening analysis. The detection limits of volatile compounds ir. intra-oral air are in the range of ng m(-3). Dimethyl selenium has been determined in each gas sample from six test persons in the range of 0.08 to 0.98 mu g m(-3).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)620-623
Number of pages4
JournalFresenius’ Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996


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