Detection of halogenated flame retardants in polyurethane foam by particle induced X-ray emission
A novel application of particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) has been developed to detect the presence of chlorinated and brominated flame retardant chemicals in polyurethane foams. Traditional Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) methods for the detection and identification of halogenated flame retardants in foams require extensive sample preparation and data acquisition time. The elemental analysis of the halogens in polyurethane foam performed by PIXE offers the opportunity to identify the presence of halogenated flame retardants in a fraction of the time and sample preparation cost. Through comparative GC-MS and PIXE analysis of 215 foam samples, excellent agreement between the two methods was obtained. These results suggest that PIXE could be an ideal rapid screening method for the presence of chlorinated and brominated flame retardants in polyurethane foams. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Maley, Adam M., Kyle A. Falk, Luke Hoover, Elly B. Earlywine, Michael D. Seymour, Paul A. DeYoung, Arlene Blum, Heather M. Stapleton, and Graham F. Peaslee. “Detection of Halogenated Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam by Particle Induced X-Ray Emission.” Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section B: Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms 358 (September 1, 2015): 21–25. doi:10.1016/j.nimb.2015.05.006.