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Odor Barrier Characterization of Polymer Materials MOCON 2008 Internet Seminar Series June 11, 2008.

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2 Odor Barrier Characterization of Polymer Materials MOCON 2008 Internet Seminar Series June 11, 2008

3 Background Information A company needs to contain the odor generated from a waste process.

4 Background Information The company has oxygen transmission rate equipment “in house”. They want to know if this equipment can be used to screen potential barrier materials for their odor barrier properties. The company requested a comparative study between different polymer film types.

5 Background Information The Goal: Compare odor barrier with oxygen barrier to determine if oxygen barrier property can be used for odor barrier prediction.

6 What’s Smelly? Chemical and chemical reactions are responsible for odors. Which chemicals does one choose to represent a particular odor? Sensory testing – can help choose a consensus of the odor (i.e. good vs. bad) and descriptors. GC testing can quantify the chemicals comprising the odor.

7 What’s Smelly? Microanalytics performed an odor characterization study of the “Smelly” material. They utilized a Multi- dimensional Gas Chromatograph with FID / PID / Olfactory / MS Detectors

8 AromaTrax Approach: An Integrated Analytical Approach to Studying Flavor/Aroma Interactions Instrumentation / Techniques:  Simultaneous Olfactory and Mass Spec Detection  Multidimensional Gas Chromatography - Dean Switch.Heart Cutting (Fractions), Cryogenic Trapping, Back Flushing  Inlet sampling techniques to maximize concentrations of aroma significant compounds. Methods:  Aroma Standard Profile  SPME  Aroma Extract Dilution Analysis (AEDA)  Headspace Aroma Dilution Analysis (HADA) Combining human sense with instruments and methods.

9 FID PID Sniff Port Mass Spectrometer Open Split Interface AromaTrax Software Chemstation (Agilent) MultiTrax Software Injection system column 1column 2 Agilent 6890 based dual column MDGC Windows NT AromaTrax Model 2100 Multidimensional GC/O-MS

10 col 1 col 2 FID PID Inj VentHCV MS cryompr sniff port GC oven pre-column analytical Optimized for trace aroma/odor analysis Permits: Heartcutting, cryofocusing, and backflushing to ferret out aroma components hidden in non-aroma components. Columns of different polarity Open Split Interface AromaTrax Model 2100 Multidimensional GC/O-MS

11 MDGC Methodology Some portions of separations may not resolve well due to complexity or some portions may mask important odor components. Dairy Grade Polyethylene Headspace Heart-cut Separations Intense off-odor Heart Cutting: -Permits better resolution of trace or masked components.. - To resolve all components in a complex mixture by passing a portion of column effluent to a second column using flow switching -Backflushing the uninteresting volatiles to vent, permitting the heart cut portion to resolve by itself in second column. Back Flushing Getting rid of uninteresting volatiles No bake out And Cryotrapping Reduce diffusional broadening. Focus sample

12 Heartcut Region ANALYTICAL Column - PID of Heartcut PRECOLUMN-FID 2-AP -Popcorn aroma in rice MDGC Separation of 2-AP Rice Volatiles Continued - “Needle in the Haystack” MDGC Heartcut permits increase resolution for the MSD and other Detectors

13 What’s Smelly? Over 100 different aroma chemicals were identified from the samples. d- limonene (terpene / essential oil family) was a prominent chemical in all of the tested samples. Toluene (aromatic hydrocarbon) was also found in the aroma profile.

14 Material Selection Barrier NamePolymer Family OPPPoly(olefins) PVDC CopolymerPoly(vinyls) OPP with barrier coatingMulti-layered Structure Nylon-6Poly(amides) PETPoly(esters)

15 Odor Barrier Study Analysis Temp: 23C Using the saturated vapor pressure of limonene and toluene at 23C Toluene: (25.59mmHg); Limonene: (1.84 mmHg)

16 Odor Barrier Study

17 Example of Organic Transmission Rate Data

18 Odor Barrier Results (d- Limonene) Material Name Limonene-TR Thickness Normalized (g*mil)/(m 2 -day) Ranking (1 = best, 5 = worst) OPP5.845 PVDC Copolymer OPP with barrier coating Nylon-68.2 x PET1.4 x

19 Odor Barrier Results (Toluene) Material Name Toluene -TR Thickness Normalized (g*mil)/(m 2 -day) Ranking (1 = best, 5 = worst) OPP7505 PVDC Copolymer1624* OPP with barrier coating 213* Nylon-63.8 x PET3.6 x

20 Oxygen Barrier Study Analysis Temp: 23C Test Gas: 100% O 2 (dry) Carrier Gas: 98%N 2 / 2%H 2 (dry) Instrument: MOCON Oxtran ® 2/21 Methodology: ASTM D-3985

21 Oxygen Barrier Study

22 Example of Oxygen Transmission Rate Data

23 Oxygen Barrier Results Material Name Oxygen Transmission Thickness Normalized (cc*mil)/(m 2 -day) Ranking (1 = best, 5 = worst) OPP12005 PVDC Copolymer282 OPP with barrier coating 2.01 Nylon PET56564

24 So, how do they compare? Odor Barrier / Oxygen Barrier Comparison

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26 Material Name Transmission Rate (Normalized) d – Limonene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) Toluene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) Oxygen (cc*mil)/(m 2 -day) OPP PVDC Copolymer OPP with barrier coating Nylon-68.2 x x PET1.4 x x

27 Odor Barrier / Oxygen Barrier Comparison Material Name Transmission Rate (Normalized) d – Limonene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) Toluene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) Oxygen (cc*mil)/(m 2 -day) OPP PVDC Copolymer OPP with barrier coating Nylon-68.2 x x PET1.4 x x

28 Odor Barrier / Oxygen Barrier Comparison Material Name Material Ranking (1 = best, 5 = worst) d - LimoneneTolueneOxygen OPP555 PVDC Copolymer342 OPP with barrier coating 431 Nylon-6123 PET214

29 Conclusions Oxygen transmission rate testing of different polymer families could not accurately predict or rank the organic barrier properties of the same films. Material Name Transmission Rate (Normalized) d – Limonene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) Toluene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) Oxygen (cc*mil)/(m 2 -day) PVDC Copolymer OPP with barrier coating Nylon-68.2 x x PET1.4 x x

30 Conclusions There is no “universal” conversion factor from oxygen results to organic results Material Name Organic to Oxygen Ratio d – Limonene TR Oxygen TR Toluene TR Oxygen TR OPP PVDC Copolymer OPP w/ coating Nylon x x PET2.50 x x Average Ratio Standard Deviation

31 Conclusions For the same polymer material, different organics can yield different and unpredictable results. This is largely due to polymer / permeant interactions. Material Name d – Limonene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) Toluene (gm*mil)/(m 2 -day) PVDC Copolymer OPP with barrier coating

32 Conclusions In most cases, the best way to determine whether a material is a good organic (aroma or odor) barrier, is to: First : Determine which organics are the key players. Second: Test the material with the proper permeant.

33 Even though oxygen transmission testing was a poor tool for ranking the overall organic barrier for differing materials, it may prove meaningful to use an oxygen / aroma correlation when comparing barrier properties of like polymers of different thickness, grades or added coatings. Recommendation for a Future Study

34 Thank you! Questions, please!

35 Please join us next month… Introduction to Scientific Instrument IQ/OQ/PQ Validations: Wednesday, July 9, am Central


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