Exhaled Breath Analysis of Smokers Using CMV-GC/MS Thesis

(2016). Exhaled Breath Analysis of Smokers Using CMV-GC/MS . 10.25148/etd.FIDC000719

thesis or dissertation chair

fiu authors

  • Hamblin, D'Nisha D.


  • The aim of this research was to demonstrate the potential of the novel pre-concentration device, capillary microextraction of volatiles (CMV), for breath analysis. The CMV offers dynamic sampling of volatile organic compounds with its simple coupling to a GC inlet for GC/MS analysis, avoiding expensive thermal desorption instrumentation needed for sorbent tubes, as well as an increased surface area over a single SPME fiber. CMV collectively identified 119 compounds in the breath of 13 self-reported smokers and 7 nonsmokers. The presence and intensity of twelve compounds were used to classify all the nonsmokers 100% of the time using Principal Component Analysis to elucidate the groupings. In some cases, nicotine was not detected in smokers and they were confused with the nonsmokers. Nicotine was detected in the breath of 69% of smokers with an average mass of 143 ± 31 pg for cigarette smokers from the approximate 5 L sample of breath collected. The successful use of the CMV sampler and preconcentration of breath to distinguish between smokers and nonsmokers served as a proof of concept for future applications of the CMV for detection of marijuana smokers’ breath for impaired driver management.

publication date

  • May 24, 2016


  • GC/MS
  • VOCs
  • breath analysis
  • capillary microextraction of volatiles (CMV)
  • cigarette smokers
  • headspace analysis
  • marijuana

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