Measurements of delays of gas-phase compounds in a wide variety of tubing materials due to gas–wall interactions

Deming, Benjamin L.; Pagonis, Demetrios; Liu, Xiaoxi; Day, Douglas A.; Talukdar, Ranajit; Krechmer, Jordan E.; de Gouw, Joost A.; Jimenez, Jose L.; Ziemann, Paul J.

Losses of gas-phase compounds or delays on their transfer through tubing are important for atmospheric measurements and also provide a method to characterize and quantify gas–surface interactions. Here we expand recent results by comparing different types of Teflon and other polymer tubing, as well as glass, uncoated and coated stainless steel and aluminum, and other tubing materials by measuring the response to step increases and decreases in organic compound concentrations. All polymeric tubings showed absorptive partitioning behavior with no dependence on humidity or concentration, with PFA Teflon tubing performing best in our tests. Glass and uncoated and coated metal tubing showed very different phenomenology due to adsorptive partitioning to a finite number of surface sites. Strong dependencies on compound concentration, mixture composition, functional groups, humidity, and memory effects were observed for glass and uncoated and coated metals, which (except for Silonite-coated stainless steel) also always caused longer delays than Teflon for the compounds and concentrations tested. Delays for glass and uncoated and coated metal tubing were exacerbated at low relative humidity but reduced for RH >20 %. We find that conductive PFA and Silonite tubing perform best among the materials tested for gas-plus-particle sampling lines, combining reduced gas-phase delays with good particle transmission.

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Deming, Benjamin L. / Pagonis, Demetrios / Liu, Xiaoxi / et al: Measurements of delays of gas-phase compounds in a wide variety of tubing materials due to gas–wall interactions. 2019. Copernicus Publications.

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