Environmental odor pollution: A complex GC-MS, olfactometry and diffusion modeling approach to define air quality

Giancarlo Bianchi, Marinella Palmiotto, Michele Giavini, Enrico Davoli

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The analytical difficulties in odor measurements are related to the well-known complexity of our olfactory sensory perception. Still, the importance of such an analysis in environmental pollution is of primary importance in certain fields and there is a strong need for instrumental analytical technologies to describe odor pollution to define objective odor policy criteria. There is a lack of actual legislation in specific odor control procedures, and in this chapter, we discuss the possibility of using instrumental analysis, in conjunction with sensorial analysis, to characterize odor emissions in order to detect malfunctions in facilities and to prevent air pollution and olfactory nuisance in the environment. A gas chromatographic-based approach to study environmental problems related to olfactory pollution is presented, and the results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-114
Number of pages18
JournalComprehensive Analytical Chemistry
Publication statusPublished - 2013



  • Diffusion modeling
  • Environmental odor pollution
  • Olfactometry
  • SPME

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy

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