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Development of a New Method for Sampling and Analysis of Amines

Presented at the Air and Waste Management Association Meeting, May 2007

Kristia Parker, Sucha S. Parmar, and Marcus Hueppe

Atmospheric Analysis and Consulting, Inc., 1534 Eastman Ave., Suite A, Ventura, CA 93003


Aliphatic amines are widely used as chemical intermediates in the production of polymers, pharmaceuticals, and corrosion inhibitors. Amines are a nuisance and some amines are toxic. Amines also react with nitrogen dioxide to form nitrosamine, a carcinogen substance. The need for a sensitive and rapid trace determination of aliphatic amines in air has thus become increasingly important.

As of today, there is no single specific approved method for the sampling and analysis of various amines. In this study, we describe some of the preliminary data for the measurement of amines in air using 1-Naphthyl isothiocyanate derivatization to produce corresponding thioureas followed by HPLC/UV analysis.

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