Applications of solid-phase microextraction to chemical characterization of materials used in road construction

In this doctoral study, two types of materials, asphalt release agents and bituminous sealants, were investigated with regard to chemical characterization and emission profiles. Besides conventional test methods, a solid-phase microextraction (SPME) technique was applied for emissions profiles screening and quantitative analysis. In the experimental study, chemical characterization of the two material types was performed using conventional methods, including fourier transform infrared spectroscopy - attenuated total reflectance (FTIR-ATR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), mass spectrometry (MS) and gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). General patterns regarding functional groups and molecular weight distribution were studied. General information on emission proneness of asphalt release agents was obtained using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and MS. Using headspace(HS)-SPME and GC-MS, emission profiles of asphalt release agents were characterized at different temperatures, whereas the profiles of bituminous sealants were obtained solely at room temperature. The results presented were used for ranking the materials with regard to degree of total emission as well as emission of hazardous substances.

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    • Doctoral thesis submitted to the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Civil and Architectural Engineering.
  • Authors:
    • Tang, B
  • Publication Date: 2008-2


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  • Pagination: 54p

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  • Accession Number: 01385131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 6:36PM