We report an approach to study volatile organic compounds based on thermal desorption combined with atmospheric pressure photo ionization. The approach allows the sequential evaporation of different fractions of the sample, which simplifies the mass spectrum. We have applied the developed method for the detection of petroleum in vegetable oil. We have shown that in the negative mode, ions of fatty acids corresponding to vegetable oil dominates, while in the positive mode under relatively low temperature the light fraction of petroleum rapidly evaporates making it easy detectable.
- Mass spectrometry
- Thermal desorption