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4 March 2019 MEMS FTIR optical spectrometer enables detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in part-per-billion (ppb) range for air quality monitoring
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Proceedings Volume 10931, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XVIII; 1093109 (2019)
Event: SPIE OPTO, 2019, San Francisco, California, United States
Air pollution is used to refer to the release of pollutants into the air, where these pollutants are harmful to the human health and our planet. The main source of these pollutants comes from energy production and consumption that release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) such as BTEX and Aldehydes group. Real time monitoring of these VOCs in factories, stations, homes and in the street is important for analysis of the pollution sources fingerprint and for alerting, when exceeding the harmful limits. In this work we report the use of a MEMS FTIR spectrometer in the mid-infrared for this purpose. The spectrometer works in the wavelength range of 1.6 μm - 4.9 μm with a resolution down to 33 cm-1. This covers the absorption spectrum of water vapour, BTEX, Aldehydes and CO2 around 2.65 μm, 3.27 μm, 3.6 μm and 4.3 μm, respectively. The spectra of Toluene with different concentrations are measured, using a multipass gas cell with a physical length of 50 cm and an optical path length of 20 m, showing excellent sensor linearity. The minimum concentration measured is 350 ppb limited by the interference of the side lobes of the strong absorption of water vapour, which can be overcome in the future by humidity compensation. The SNR is measured and found to be 5000:1, corresponding to a detection limit of about 90 ppb. The achieved results open the door for a compact and low-cost solution targeting air pollution monitoring.
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Alaa Fathy, Yasser M. Sabry, Mariam Amr, Martine Gnambodoe-Capo-chichi, Momen Anwar, Amr O. Ghoname, Ahmed Amr, Ahmed Saeed, Mina Gad, Mohamed Al Haron, Mazen Erfan, Yamin Leprince-Wang, Bassam Saadany, Diaa Khalil, and Tarik Bourouina "MEMS FTIR optical spectrometer enables detection of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in part-per-billion (ppb) range for air quality monitoring", Proc. SPIE 10931, MOEMS and Miniaturized Systems XVIII, 1093109 (4 March 2019);

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