Automated, high frequency, on-line dimethyl sulfide measurements in natural waters using a novel “microslug” gas-liquid segmented flow method with chemiluminescence detection

Leng, G; Jin, CF; Bell, TG; Ussher, SJ; Worsfold, PJ; Li, WY. 2020 Automated, high frequency, on-line dimethyl sulfide measurements in natural waters using a novel “microslug” gas-liquid segmented flow method with chemiluminescence detection. Talanta, 221. 121595. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.talanta.2020.121595

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Abstract/Summary

Dimethyl sulfide (DMS) is the major biogenic volatile sulfur compound in surface seawater. Good quality DMS data with high temporal and spatial resolution are desirable for understanding reduced sulfur biogeochemistry. Here we present a fully automated and novel “microslug” gas-liquid segmented flow-chemiluminescence (MSSFCL) based method for the continuous in-situ measurement of DMS in natural waters. Samples were collected into a flow tank and DMS transferred from the aqueous phase to the gas phase using a vario-directional coiled flow, in which microvolume liquid and gas slugs were interspersed. The separated DMS was reacted with ozone in a reaction cell for CL detection. The analytical process was automated, with a sample throughput of 6.6 h− 1. Using MSSF for DMS separation was more effective and easily integrated with CL detection compared with the commonly used bubbling approach. Key parameters of the proposed method were investigated. The linear range for the method was 0.05–500 nM (R2 = 0.9984) and the limit of detection (3 x S/N) was 0.015 nM, which is comparable to the commonly used gas chromatography (GC) method and sensitive enough for direct DMS measurement in typical aquatic environments. Reproducibility and recovery were assessed by spiking natural water samples (river, lake, reservoir and pond) with different concentrations of DMS (10, 20 and 50 nM), giving relative standard deviations (RSDs) ≤1.75% (n = 5) and recoveries of 94.4–107.8%. This fully automated system is reagent free, easy to assemble, simple to use, portable (weight ~5.1 kg) and can be left in the field for several hours of unattended operation. The instrumentation can provide high quality DMS data for natural waters with an environmentally relevant temporal resolution of ~9 min.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Additional Keywords: Dimethyl sulfide Chemiluminescence Natural waters Segmented flow Automated On site analysis
Divisions: Plymouth Marine Laboratory > Science Areas > Marine Biochemistry and Observations
Depositing User: S Hawkins
Date made live: 31 Mar 2021 13:11
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2021 13:11
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/9170

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