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Sensors 2013, 13(6), 7860-7871; doi:10.3390/s130607860

Recovery of Odorants from an Olfactometer Measured by Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry

Department of Engineering, Aarhus University, Blichers Allé 20, Tjele 8830, Denmark
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Received: 11 April 2013 / Revised: 8 June 2013 / Accepted: 13 June 2013 / Published: 19 June 2013
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The aim of the present study was to examine the recovery of odorants during the dilution in an olfactometer designed according to the European standard for dynamic olfactometry. Nine odorants in the ppmv-range were examined including hydrogen sulfide, methanethiol, dimethyl sulfide, acetic acid, propanoic acid, butanoic acid, trimethylamine, 3-methylphenol and n-butanol. Each odorant was diluted in six dilution steps in descending order from 4,096 to 128 times dilutions. The final recovery of dimethyl sulfide and n-butanol after a 60-second pulse was only slightly affected by the dilution, whereas the recoveries of the other odorants were significantly affected by the dilution. The final recoveries of carboxylic acids, trimethylamine and 3-methylphenol were affected by the pulse duration and the signals did not reach stable levels within the 60-second pulse, while sulfur compounds and n-butanol reach a stable signal within a few seconds. In conclusion, the dilution of odorants in an olfactometer has a high impact on the recovery of odorants and when olfactometry is used to estimate the odor concentration, the recoveries have to be taken into consideration for correct measurements.
Keywords: olfactometry; odor nuisance; livestock; EN 13725 olfactometry; odor nuisance; livestock; EN 13725
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Hansen, M.J.; Adamsen, A.P.S.; Feilberg, A. Recovery of Odorants from an Olfactometer Measured by Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometry. Sensors 2013, 13, 7860-7871.

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