Isocyanates are highly reactive species widely used in industry. They can cause irritation of the eyes, trigger asthma, etc. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were widely used in electrical equipment like capacitors and transformers in the last century and are still present in the environment today. PCBs are known to cause cancer and to affect the immune, reproductive, nervous and endocrine systems.
Therefore, there is a need for a simple, rapid and reliable analytical method for the detection of traces of isocyanates and of PCBs. IONICON PTR-MS technology seems to be an ideal method for rapid screening for TICs which we demonstrated in a recently published article:
Utilizing recent developments and improvements in PTR-MS, we can rapidly detect two important environmental pollutant compound classes (isocyanates and PCBs) at high accuracy and without any sample preparation. Detection of traces of isocyanates and PCBs in air and also of PCBs in liquids is possible using IONICON PTR-MS and the experimental direct aqueous injection (DAI) inlet system. These results could be used for the development of a real-time monitoring device for industrial waste, polluted air or water quality surveillance.