Principle of the Measurement
Chemical ionization of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by proton transfer from hydronium ions (H3O+), mass selected by a quadrupole mass analyzer, detected as protonated parent ion of the analyte. Compounds with a proton affinity greater than water will be protonated.
Species Measured: VOCs containing at least one functional group (all VOCs except for alkanes)
Time Response: 50 ms - 5 s per mass selected
Detection Limit: 10 - 100 pptv for 1 s measurement of most VOCs
Accuracy: +/- 20% for directly calibrated compounds
Temperature dependent reaction rate coefficients, reaction product yields, heterogeneous chemistry/uptake measurements