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Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry
Volume 2012, Article ID 728143, 6 pages
Research Article

The Use of Amberlite Adsorbents for Green Chromatography Determination of Volatile Organic Compounds in Air

1Department of Analytical Chemistry, University of Valencia, Research Building, 50th Dr. Moliner Street, 46100 Burjassot, Spain
2Institute of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Duesbergweg 10-14, 55128 Mainz, Germany

Received 30 March 2012; Revised 18 May 2012; Accepted 23 May 2012

Academic Editor: Ki-Hyun Kim

Copyright © 2012 Luis Juan-Peiró et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Passive samplers have been widely used for volatile organic compounds determination. Following the green chemistry tendency of the direct determination of adsorbed compounds in membrane-based devices through using head space direct chromatography analysis, this work has evaluated the use of Amberlite XAD-2, XAD-4, and XAD-16 adsorbents as a filling material for passive samplers. Direct analysis of the membranes by HS-GC-MS involves a solvent-free method avoiding any sample treatment. For exposed membranes, recoveries ranged from 10% to 203%, depending on the compound and adsorbent used. The limit of the detection values ranged from 1 to 140 ng per sampler. Acceptable precision and sensitivity levels were obtained for the XAD resins assayed.