Rapid methods are needed to analyse air pollutants
such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).
Reliable semi-quantitative gas standards were required for the development of a laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) method for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon analysis, based on sampling of air onto multi-channel polydimethylsiloxane rubber traps. Easily constructed diffusion tubes provided
naphthalene vapour at ~2 ng s-1. A gas chromatographic fraction collection method for loading less volatile PAHs onto the traps from a flame ionization detector outlet was developed and optimized. The accuracy of the method, which can be further optimized, was sufficient for initial LIF screening tests to flag samples exceeding threshold PAH levels for subsequent quantitative GC–MS analysis.