Development of a personal monitoring method for nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide with Sep-Pak C18 cartridge sampling and ion chromatographic determination

J Environ Monit. 1999 Oct;1(5):423-6. doi: 10.1039/a905305k.


Personal monitoring methods for the determination of hourly integrated concentrations of NO2 and SO2 in ambient air have been developed. Triethanolamine (TEA)-impregnated C18 Sep-Pak cartridges were used to collect NO2 and SO2 simultaneously. After sampling, NO2 and SO2 as their nitrite, nitrate, sulfite and sulfate analogues were stripped from the cartridges with a solution of 5% methanol in distilled, deionized water (DDW) and then determined by ion chromatography. Laboratory tests were conducted to evaluate the sampling rate, collection and recovery efficiencies, breakthrough volumes, absorption capacity, interference and sample stability on the cartridge during storage. NO2 and SO2 detection limits of 0.3 and 0.4 ppb respectively for 1 h samples were obtained. Recoveries for both NO2 and SO2 exceeded 85%.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / analysis*
  • Carbon / chemistry
  • Environmental Exposure
  • Environmental Monitoring / instrumentation*
  • Environmental Monitoring / methods
  • Humans
  • Nitrogen Dioxide / analysis*
  • Oxidants, Photochemical / analysis*
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sulfur Dioxide / analysis*


  • Air Pollutants
  • Oxidants, Photochemical
  • Sulfur Dioxide
  • Carbon
  • Nitrogen Dioxide