Volatile Organic Compounds Analysis

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    Volatile Organic Compounds Analysis

    Volatile organic compounds or VOCs are a group of organic chemical compounds that ‘off-gas’ readily from solid, liquid, and gaseous materials at room and slightly elevated temperatures. VOCs analysis is routinely performed on raw materials and finished products to check for residues, contaminants, and additives, perform odor and emission studies, and maintain regulatory compliance. Due to the significant environmental impact and human health concerns of volatile compounds, VOCs analysis is often regulated with stringent national and international standards for commercial, residential, and industrial products, including paints, coatings, elastomers, solvents, cleaners, dyes, pesticides, etc. VOCs analysis is a crucial part of plastics or polymer material testing to detect non-intentionally added substances (NIAS), test phthalate levels, and fix odor issues.

    EPA and other regulatory standard testing procedures are followed for compliance studies as specified for the particular industry. Environmental and microchambers are used for collecting emissions at varied temperature conditions. Separation and identification of VOCs are carried out using analytical techniques like headspace GC-MS, HPLC, or other suitable chemical analysis.


      • Testing standard: EPA Method 24
      • Thermal Desorption Gas chromatography / Mass spectroscopy (TD-GC/MS)
      • Headspace GC/MS
      • High-Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC)

      Common Uses

      • Content of volatile organic compounds in raw materials and products
      • Consumer product safety testing
      • Safety testing of products
      • Water, soil, and waste testing
      • Regulatory compliance
      • Industry standards testing and compliance
      • Off-gassing and emission studies for products and raw materials
      • Environmental testing
      • Trace element analysis


      • Manufacturing
      • Chemicals
      • Paints and Coatings
      • Adhesives
      • Consumer Products
      • Automotive Interiors
      • Healthcare
      • Medical Devices
      • Oil and Gas
      • Plastics/Polymers
      • Environmental Compliance
      • Insurance / Legal


      • Element Materials Technology
      • SGS Polymer Solutions Inc.
      • EAG Laboratories
      • Applied Technical Services (ATS)
      • Intertek Group Plc.
      • EMSL Analytical, Inc.

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