Evaluation of chemcassette technology for monitoring low-levels of nitrogen-dioxide
AuthorHazuka, John Anthony, 1964-
AdvisorCrutchfield, Clifton D.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractProblems associated with instruments used to measure low levels of NO₂ include non-specificity, low sensitivity, and an uncharacterized dependence on environmental conditions. MDA Scientific has recently introduced a continuous colorimetric tape technique (chemcassette) to monitor for pollutant gases. Advantages of this technology include ease of use, fast-response alarm capability, and adaptability to measure different pollutants. This research characterized and compared chemcassette performance for NO₂ with other low-level NO₂ monitoring technologies including the luminox LMA-3 monitor and the EPA reference CSI chemiluminescnt monitor. The test protocol was based on EPA procedures. The chemcassette was found to be sensitive to temperature and relative humidity effects. The chemiluminescent monitor had the best overall performance. The luminox monitor displayed temperature dependence. Variation in stability of the chemcassette optical system, tape paper uniformity, and possible interference from ozone were characterized. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Pharmacology & Toxicology