Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)




Gary Rice

Committee Members

John C. Poutsma

Irina Novikova


The goal of this project was to develop and carry out methods for evaluating a variety of Tenax-coated micro-preconcentrators and fused-silica solid phase micro-extraction (SPME) fibers for applications in micro-electro mechanical systems based gas chromatography. In the past, micro-preconcentration devices and SPME fibers have been fabricated and applied to gas chromatography (GC) systems. However, most of the preconcentration devices that utilized Tenax involved a packed form of the adsorbent polymer instead of the thin film surface coating and newly developed cobweb styles used in this project. Additionally, SPME fibers with Tenax as a sorbent were also of a new design and had not been extensively evaluated. Although time limitations prevented the extensive study of preconcentrators and SPME fibers, this project did suggest that the Tenax-based devices could feasibly be applied to micro-GC systems. Moreover, the methods developed in this project could be used for more extensive systematic evaluation in the future.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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