Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 2, No 5 (2010)

The Influence of Absorbent Solution on the Effectiveness of Passive Diffusive Samplers

Vaida Šerevičienė
Vaida Valuntaitė
Dainius Paliulis


The method of applying passive diffusive samplers for research on air quality is simple, easy enough and requires no electricity. The operating principle of almost all passive samplers is based on chemical reactions taking place on absorbent (impregnated filter or grid). The pollutant absorption mechanism is based on passive diffusion through the gas diffusion layer to absorbent. The diffusion process can be explained by first Fick’s law described as a free movement of gases from the ambient air to a passive sampler. This movement depends on pollutant gradient. The aim of this paper is to analyse the influence of an impregnating solution on the efficiency of diffusive samplers. The object of the study covers the triethanolamine (TEA) aqueous solutions of 5%, 10%, 20%, 30% and 50%. The results obtained showed that 30% and 50% aqueous solution gave 68% and 89% relative error making the true meaning of the oxides of nitrogen analyzer testimony. Data on the passive samplers impregnated with TEA aqueous solutions having concentrations of 5%, 10% and 20% are within definite 25% uncertainty established by the European Union Directives.

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Keyword(s): nitrogen dioxide; diffusive sampler; impregnating solution; triethanolamine

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2010.100

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