A micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) based pre-concentrator filled with a standard Tenax TA adsorbent as well as with a synthetic receptor designed to adsorb 3-hydroxy-3-methylhexanoic acid (3H3MHA), a particular metabolite only available from human beings, was adapted to a custom made ion mobility spectrometer with gas-chromatographic pre-separation (GC-IMS). This combination was compared to a traditional sample loop GC-IMS. The application of a pre-concentrator is highly beneficial for the GC-IMS as analysing technique. By variation of the adsorbed sample volume, the system can be adapted to changing sample concentration ranges easily, thus increasing sensitivity significantly. Detection limits of few hundred ppq V could be obtained in this work for eucalyptol as an exemplary analyte. Moreover, the appropriate choice of selective pre-concentration phases in the pre-concentrator en...
19 Jul 2018