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Impact of storage conditions on the stability of volatile sulfur compounds in sampling bags


Le, HV and Sivret, EC and Parcsi, G and Stuetz, RM, Impact of storage conditions on the stability of volatile sulfur compounds in sampling bags, Journal of Environmental Quality, 44, (5) pp. 1523-1529. ISSN 0047-2425 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2015 American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. 5585 Guilford Rd., Madison, WI 53711 USA. All rights reserved.

DOI: doi:10.2134/jeq2014.12.0532


Odorous emissions from agricultural and waste management operations can cause annoyance to local populations. Volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) are dominant odorants that are often lost during collection using sample bags. The degree of VSC losses depends on factors such as storage time, bag materials, temperature, sample relative humidity (RH), light exposure, and the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). To assess the impact of those factors on the stability of 10 VSCs (hydrogen sulfide, methanethiol, ethanethiol, dimethyl sulfide, tert‐butanethiol, ethyl methyl sulfide, 1‐butanethiol, dimethyl disulfide, diethyl disulfide, and dimethyl trisulfide), laboratory‐based experiments were conducted according to a factorial experimental design. Linear mixed‐effects models were constructed for loss predictions. The estimated recovery of H2S in Tedlar bag was 8 to 10% higher than in Mylar and Nalophan between 6 and 30 h. At ≤20C and without being exposed to light, at least 75% relative recovery of the 10 VSCs in Tedlar bags can be achieved after 18 h, whereas, a maximum of 12 h of storage should not be exceeded to ensure a minimum of 74% relative recovery of the VSCs in Mylar and Nalophan bags.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:volatile sulfur compounds, odorant, storage
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental management not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Water and waste services
Objective Field:Water recycling services (incl. sewage and greywater)
UTAS Author:Sivret, EC (Dr Eric Sivret)
ID Code:140901
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Engineering
Deposited On:2020-09-14
Last Modified:2020-10-08

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