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Ptr-qms Vs. Ptr-tof Comparison in a Region with Oil and Natural Gas Extraction Industry in the Uintah Basin in 2013 : Volume 7, Issue 7 (03/07/2014)

By Warneke, C.

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Title: Ptr-qms Vs. Ptr-tof Comparison in a Region with Oil and Natural Gas Extraction Industry in the Uintah Basin in 2013 : Volume 7, Issue 7 (03/07/2014)  
Author: Warneke, C.
Volume: Vol. 7, Issue 7
Language: English
Subject: Science, Atmospheric, Measurement
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection (Contemporary), Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
Member Page: Copernicus Publications


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Warneke, C., Koss, A., Field, R. A., Li, S., Yuan, B., Li, R.,...De Gouw, J. A. (2014). Ptr-qms Vs. Ptr-tof Comparison in a Region with Oil and Natural Gas Extraction Industry in the Uintah Basin in 2013 : Volume 7, Issue 7 (03/07/2014). Retrieved from

Description: Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA. Here we compare volatile organic compound (VOC) measurements using a standard Proton-Transfer-Reaction Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer (PTR-QMS) with a new Proton-Transfer-Reaction Time Of Flight Mass Spectrometer (PTR-TOF) during the Uintah Basin Winter Ozone Study 2013 (UBWOS2013) field experiment in an oil and gas field in the Uintah Basin, Utah. The PTR-QMS uses a quadrupole, which is a mass filter that lets one mass pass at a time, whereas the PTR-TOF uses a Time Of Flight mass spectrometer, which takes full mass spectra with typical 0.1 s to 1 min integrated acquisition times. The sensitivity of the PTR-QMS in units of counts per ppbv is about a factor of 10–35 times larger than the PTR-TOF, when only one VOC is measured. The sensitivity of the PTR-TOF is mass dependent because of the mass discrimination caused by the sampling duty cycle in the orthogonal-acceleration region of the TOF. For example, the PTR-QMS on mass 33 (methanol) is 35 times more sensitive than the PTR-TOF and for masses above 120 amu less than 10 times more. If more than 10–35 compounds are measured with PTR-QMS, the sampling time per ion decreases and the PTR-TOF has higher signals per unit measuring time for most masses. For UBWOS2013 the PTR-QMS measured 34 masses in 37 s and on that time-scale the PTR-TOF is more sensitive for all masses. The high mass resolution of the TOF allows for the measurements of compounds that cannot be separately detected with the PTR-QMS, such as oxidation products from alkanes and cycloalkanes emitted by oil and gas extraction. PTR-TOF masses do not have to be pre-selected allowing for identification of unanticipated compounds. The measured mixing ratios of the two instruments agreed very well (R2 ≥ 0.92 and within 20%) for all compounds and masses monitored with the PTR-QMS.

PTR-QMS vs. PTR-TOF comparison in a region with oil and natural gas extraction industry in the Uintah Basin in 2013

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