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Metal 3D-printed catalytic jet and flame ionization detection for in situ trace carbon oxides analysis by gas chromatography


Gras, R and Hua, Y and Luong, J and Qiao, P and Yang, XG and Yang, P, Metal 3D-printed catalytic jet and flame ionization detection for in situ trace carbon oxides analysis by gas chromatography, Journal of Separation Science, 42, (17) pp. 2826-2834. ISSN 1615-9306 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1002/jssc.201900214


A gas chromatographic approach for the determination and quantification of trace levels of carbon oxides in gas phase matrices for in situ or near-line/at-line analysis has been successfully developed. Catalytic conversion of the target compounds to methane via the methanation process was conducted inside a metal 3D-printed jet that also acted as a hydrogen burner for the flame ionization detector. Modifications made to a field transportable gas chromatograph enabled the leveraging of advantaged microfluidic-enhanced chromatography capability for improved chromatographic performance and serviceability. The compatibility with adsorption chromatography technology was demonstrated with in-house constructed columns. Sustained reliable conversion efficiencies of greater than 99% with respectable peak symmetries were attained at 400°C. Quantification of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide at a parts-per-million level over a range from 0.2 ppm to 5% v/v for both compounds with a respectable precision of less than 3% relative standard deviation for peak area (n = 10) and a detection limit of 0.1 ppm v/v was achieved. Linearity with correlation coefficients of R2 greater than 0.9995 and measured recoveries of >99% for spike tests were achieved. The 3D-printed steel jet was found to be reliable and resilient against potential contamination from the matrices owing to the in situ backflushing capability.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, flame ionization detection, gas chromatography, jetanizer
Research Division:Chemical Sciences
Research Group:Analytical chemistry
Research Field:Separation science
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in the chemical sciences
UTAS Author:Gras, R (Ms Ronda Gras)
UTAS Author:Luong, J (Mr Jim Luong)
ID Code:138083
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Austn Centre for Research in Separation Science
Deposited On:2020-03-24
Last Modified:2020-06-15

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