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During the last five years there has been a tremendous expansion in the number of membrane inlet mass spectrometry (MIMS) techniques. New methods have been developed, which brings detection limits for many volatile organic compounds down to the low parts per trillion level and the detection of organic compounds in organic solution has become possible. The first examples of the measurement of nonvolatile organic compounds (boiling point above 300 C) have also been published. This paper focuses on all the new methods and tries to give an overview of the possibilities and limitations of these new MIMS techniques. In addition the review also covers recent theoretical aspects including the use of flow injection analysis systems and the influence of chromatographic effects in the vacuum chamber.

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Authors: LAURITSEN F R, Physical Biochemistry Group, Odense (DK);KOTIAHO T, JRC Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Reviews in Analytical Chemistry (1996), pp. 1-33
Record Number: 199610643 / Last updated on: 1996-06-10
Original language: en
Available languages: en