Development of an Electronic Nose for Environmental Odour Monitoring

Abstract

Exhaustive odour impact assessment should involve the evaluation of the impact of odours directly on citizens. For this purpose it might be useful to have an instrument capable of continuously monitoring ambient air quality, detecting the presence of odours and also recognizing their provenance. This paper discusses the laboratory and field tests conducted in order to evaluate the performance of a new electronic nose, specifically developed for monitoring environmental odours. The laboratory tests proved the instrument was able to discriminate between the different pure substances being tested, and to estimate the odour concentrations giving correlation indexes (R2) of 0.99 and errors below 15%. Finally, the experimental monitoring tests conducted in the field, allowed us to verify the effectiveness of this electronic nose for the continuous detection of odours in ambient air, proving its stability to variable atmospheric conditions and its capability to detect odour peaks.

DOI: 10.3390/s121114363

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@inproceedings{Dentoni2012DevelopmentOA, title={Development of an Electronic Nose for Environmental Odour Monitoring}, author={Licinia Dentoni and Laura Capelli and Selena Sironi and Renato Del Rosso and Sonia Zanetti and Matteo Della Torre}, booktitle={Sensors}, year={2012} }