Date of Award

6-1984

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Two methods for the determination of aldehydes in ambient air were investigated. The methods involved derivatization of the aldehydes by 2-diphenylacetyl-1,3-indandione-1-hydrazone (DAIH) and 1-dimethylaminoaphthalene-5-sulfonylhydrazine (dansylhydrazine) in acetonitrile solution. The deriviatives were then separated by high performance liquid chromatography and detected and quantified by flourescence detection. The DAIH method was found to be unsuitable and was therefore abandoned. The dansyl hydrazine method was found to be a potentially uncomplicated, rapid, and senstitive procedure for the detection of aldehydes.

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