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The analysis of volatile trace compounds in landfill gases, compost heaps and forest air

TitleThe analysis of volatile trace compounds in landfill gases, compost heaps and forest air
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMaillefer, S, Lehr, CR, Cullen, WR
JournalApplied Organometallic Chemistry
Volume17
Pagination154-160
Date PublishedMar
Type of ArticleArticle
ISBN Number0268-2605
Keywords(VOCs), BISMUTH, CHROMATOGRAPHY, EMISSIONS, ENVIRONMENT, GC-ICP-MS, GC-MS, METAL-COMPOUNDS, ORGANIC-COMPOUNDS, organotin speciation, phosphine, SITE, volatile organic compounds, volatile organometallic compounds (VONICs), WASTE
Abstract

Landfill gas, cryotrapped on a loop fashioned from a length of a capillary gas chromatography (GC) column, was examined for volatile organometallic compounds (VOMCs) and for volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by using GC-mass spectrometry (MS). A large number of organic components were present and many were identified, but the only VOMCs present in high enough concentrations to be detected were trimethylstibine and tetramethyltin. The use of inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-MS as an element-specific detector allowed the identification of a number of other organometallic species in the landfill gas, including trimethylarsine and trimethylbismuth, and, for the first time, butyltrimethyltin and dibutyldimethyltin. The presence of molybdenum hexacarbonyl was confirmed. Gas from a large-scale compost heap and from compost incubated in the laboratory contained iodomethane but no common VOMCs (GC-ICP-MS). Only VOCs were present in forest air (GC-MS). Copyright (C) 2003 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.

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