Olfactometry vs Chemical analysis

Olfactometry vs Chemical analysis

In general, it is difficult to use the chemical analysis method for mixtures of odorous compounds due to the phenomena of synergy, inhibition and masking between different compounds (Gostelow et al., 2003).Complex mixtures, such as environmental air samples, contain many odorous compounds, generally at very low concentrations (Gostelow et al., 2001) (Schiffman et al., 2001) (Parker et al., 2002) (Filipy et al., 2006).  To analyze all the odorous compounds that are present, the composition of the sample must be known in advance, and the detection limits of the chemical analysis devices are often too high to identify and quantify all these odorous compounds (Gostelow et al., 2003).  Finally, the olfactory perception threshold values are not always available in the existing literature, the values reported vary by several orders of magnitude (AIHA, 1989) (US EPA, 1992), and the available references are not recent…,Get the article to read more

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