Gaseous benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and?o-xylene (BTEX) were extracted by using the divinylbenzene (DVB) particles (mesh sizes 60–80, 80–100 and 100–120) as sorbents packed in passive needle trap samplers (NTS). This study performed feasibility tests of these self-designed DVB-NTS as diffusive time-weighted average (TWA) samplers and compared extraction efficiency with that of 100 mm polydimethylsiloxane-solid phase microextration (PDMS-SPME) fiber for sampling gaseous and particle-bound volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from burning mosquito coils. Experimental results indicated that extraction rate of NTS is a reliable index in extracting VOCs. Additionally, comparisons of the NTS in extracting BTEX mass showed the NTS packed with the smallest diameters of adsorbent particles (100–120 mesh DVB) were the most effective. The mass of gaseous BTEX extracted by 100 μm PDMS-SPME fiber were substantially lower than that extracted by DVB-NTS of all meshes for the 30-min TWA sampling of burning mosquito coils, and NTS packed with 100–120 mesh DVB adsorbed BTEX 50–120 ng BTEX. Particles clogging inside the packed phase of NTS inhibited VOC extraction performance after 3–5 samplings of burning particles, especially NTS packed with small-diameter adsorbents.
Journal of the Chinese Chemical Society 60(8),1027-1032