Volatile Organic Compound Testing using advanced analysis techniques. From automotive to adhesives and beyond, contact our GC-MS analytical experts today to discuss your VOC challenges.

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids, typically characterized by high vapor pressure and low water solubility and are often organic chemicals used in or resulting from manufacturing processes. Their release into the environment can occur during product use and storage. Monitoring human exposure to VOCs is a significant airborne concern, with multiple industry sectors establishing methods, standards, and acceptable VOC levels. Examples include automotive, plastics and polymer applications, pesticides, cleaning products, paints and adhesives.

VOCs are measured by collecting samples and submitting them for analysis in the laboratory, using techniques such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). Analysis is undertaken by our experts using headspace or thermal desorption GC-MS. We can apply accurate mass determination approaches, which provide a greater chance of providing a positive identification. The capability of dynamic headspace is also available, which further concentrates the sample before being injected into the GC, again boosting sensitivity. 

VOC testing and detection can be challenging as they are typically present at low levels in samples. Our scientists can utilise techniques such as Quadrupole Time-of-Flight (QToF) mass spectrometry and dynamic headspace to help overcome this problem. Where the analysis of a specific VOC in a complex sample matrix is required, our global team of analysts are able to develop methods deploying Tandem MS (or MS/MS) techniques which is ideal for targeting specific compounds of interest with high levels of sensitivity.

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