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Recent Advances in Water Analysis with Gas Chromatograph Mass SpectrometersWe report on progress made in developing a water sampling system for detection and analysis of volatile organic compounds in water with a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer (GCMS). Two approaches are described herein. The first approach uses a custom water pre-concentrator for performing trap and purge of VOCs from water. The second approach uses a custom micro-volume, split-splitless injector that is compatible with air and water. These water sampling systems will enable a single GC-based instrument to analyze air and water samples for VOC content. As reduced mass, volume, and power is crucial for long-duration, manned space-exploration, these water sampling systems will demonstrate the ability of a GCMS to monitor both air and water quality of the astronaut environment, thereby reducing the amount of required instrumentation for long duration habitation. Laboratory prototypes of these water sampling systems have been constructed and tested with a quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer as well as a thermal conductivity detector. Presented herein are details of these water sampling system with preliminary test results.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
MacAskill, John A.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Tsikata, Edem
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 1, 2016
Publication Date
July 13, 2014
Subject Category
Chemistry And Materials (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Conference on Environmental Systems
Location: Tucson, AZ
Country: United States
Start Date: July 13, 2014
End Date: July 17, 2014
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Distribution Limits
quadrupole ion trap

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