A preliminary identification and determination of characteristic volatile organic compounds from cotton, polyester and terry-towel by headspace solid phase microextraction gas chromatography–mass spectrometry

Katherine Stapleton, John Dean

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Abstract

Analysis of fifteen volatile organic compounds previously associated with laundry malodour has beeninvestigated using headspace solid phase microextraction gas chromatography–mass spectrometry. Lim-its of detection (all determined on a 25 cm2area of fabric) ranged from a low of 0.4 ng (for guaiacol)through to a high of 28 ng (for 3-methylindole) on cotton; values on polyester ranged from a low of0.7 ng (for dimethyl trisulfide) through to a high of 37 ng (for 3-methylindole); and, values on terry-towel ranged from a low of 1.7 ng (for guaiacol) through to a high of 157 ng (for ethyl benzene). Therewas a lack of correlation between the level of malodour and the occurrence of any of the VOCs detected;it could be that other compounds not evaluated in this study are responsible for malodour or it could bea collaborative effect of the various compounds studied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-191
JournalJournal of Chromatography A
Volume1295
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2013

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