An efficient method for measuring dissolved VOSCs in wastewater using GC-SCD with static headspace technique

Sun, Jing, Hu, Shihu, Sharma, Keshab Raj, Keller-Lehmann, Beatrice and Yuan, Zhiguo (2014) An efficient method for measuring dissolved VOSCs in wastewater using GC-SCD with static headspace technique. Water Research, 52 208-217. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2013.10.063

Attached Files (Some files may be inaccessible until you login with your UQ eSpace credentials)
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
UQ325092OA.pdf Full text (open access) application/pdf 2.52MB 0

Author Sun, Jing
Hu, Shihu
Sharma, Keshab Raj
Keller-Lehmann, Beatrice
Yuan, Zhiguo
Title An efficient method for measuring dissolved VOSCs in wastewater using GC-SCD with static headspace technique
Journal name Water Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0043-1354
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.watres.2013.10.063
Volume 52
Start page 208
End page 217
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher IWA Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Volatile organic sulfur compounds (VOSCs) are important sources of unpleasant odor in wastewater systems. However, the study of VOSCs is usually hindered by their complicated measurement method and highly reactive nature. In this work, a static headspace method utilising gas chromatography (GC) with a sulfur chemiluminescence detector (SCD) was developed to quantitatively analyze VOSCs in wastewater matrices. The method has low detection limits and requires no pre-concentration treatment. Three typical VOSCs, namely methanethiol (MT), dimethyl sulfide (DMS) and dimethyl disulfide (DMDS), were chosen as examples for this study. The calibration curves of all three compounds covering a wide range from 0.5ppb to 500ppb showed good linearity (R2>0.999). The method detection limits (MDL) were 0.08, 0.12 and 0.21ppb for MT, DMS and DMDS, respectively. The reproducibility (relative standard deviation) was approximately 2%. The recovery ratio of MT, DMS and DMDS in spiked wastewater samples were 83±4%, 103±4% and 102±3%, respectively. Sample preservation tests showed that VOSCs in wastewater samples could be preserved in vials without headspace under acidified conditions (pH ~1.1) for at least 24h without significant changes (<1.8ppb). The analysis of real wastewater samples from both a laboratory-scale sewer system and a full-scale sewer pipe demonstrated the suitability of this method for routine wastewater VOSC measurement.
Keyword Gas chromatography (GC)
Static headspace technique
Sulfur chemiluminescence detector (SCD)
Volatile organic sulfur compounds (VOSCs)
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 8 November 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
Advanced Water Management Centre Publications
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 11 times in Thomson Reuters Web of Science Article | Citations
Scopus Citation Count Cited 14 times in Scopus Article | Citations
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Tue, 11 Mar 2014, 10:17:41 EST by System User on behalf of Advanced Water Management Centre