Development of membrane purge and trap for measurement of volatile organics in water

Somenath Mitra, Xuemei Guo

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Volatile organics in water are analyzed by first removing them from the water matrix. For example in purge and trap, the organics are sparged using an inert gas before analysis by GC or GC/MS. The objective of this research is to develop an equivalent of a purge and trap system based on membrane extraction. Instead of purging, the VOCs are separated from the aqueous phase via membrane permeation. The permeated organics are pneumatically transported to a micro-sorbent trap referred to as the microtrap. The trapped organics are then injected into a GC by rapid desorption of the microtrap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)367-379
Number of pages13
JournalAnalytical Letters
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical
  • Electrochemistry


  • Membrane extraction
  • Microtrap
  • Purge and trap


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