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Knowing the molecular composition of a sample is key to monitoring the emissions from products and materials. This is particularly useful for off-flavours, understanding odours, and the evaluation of air treatment and indoor air quality.

Odournet is in the unique position of having both sensory and molecular odour analysis capabilities in-house. Our high-quality specialist molecular evaluation services allow us to detect a wide range of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

How can we help?

We help our clients to understand the chemical composition of air samples. All molecular analysis services are delivered in-house by our team of highly experienced gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) specialists in our GC-MS/time-of-flight mass spectrometry (GCMS/TOF) laboratory in Barcelona.

Compared with conventional quadrupole systems (instruments that only detect only a narrow range of masses), time of flight (TOF) offers full-spectral sensitivity – and, therefore, outstanding analysis results. Our laboratory is one of only a few to use pioneering, state-of-the-art analytical equipment to detect and quantify chemical compounds at very low concentrations in the sub-ppt (parts per trillion) range.

Our equipment is designed to allow molecular and sensory analysis to be combined, through the simple addition of a sniffer port. This means that we are in the unique position of having both sensory and chemical odour analysis capabilities in-house.

Need to know more?

Odournet offers a wide range of molecular analysis services:

  • high-resolution GCMS/TOF to measure compounds in the sub-ppt range
  • GC-Sniffing (chemical separation is combined with a sniffing port to identify specific aroma components)
  • GC-IMS (an innovative, quick, direct headspace technology, which allows the detection of various substances within a few minutes)
  • determination of aroma profiles.

Our molecular lab can evaluate the properties of solid materials, liquids and gases. Samples can be shipped to us from anywhere in the world, since our laboratory is located very close to Barcelona’s international airport.

If you’d like more information about any of these services, please contact your local Odournet office or our Head of Molecular Odour Evaluation, Luciano Vera.

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