Development and deployment of an underwater mass spectrometer for quantitative measurements of dissolved gases

Development and deployment of an underwater mass spectrometer for quantitative measurements of dissolved gases

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Development and deployment of an underwater mass spectrometer for quantitative measurements of dissolved gases
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Seawater chemistry
Polydimethylsiloxane permeability
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Carbon dioxide
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ABSTRACT: Manual collection and processing of seawater samples for dissolved gas analyses are technically challenging, time consuming and costly. Accordingly, in situ analysis techniques present attractive alternatives to conventional gas measurement procedures. To meet the demands of sustained, high-resolution chemical observations of the oceans, the University of South Florida and SRI International developed underwater mass spectrometer systems for quantitative measurements of dissolved gases and volatile organic compounds. This work describes the influence of variable in situ conditions on the performance of a membrane introduction mass spectrometer used for measurements in both the water column and sediment porewater. Laboratory experiments to simulate the effects of field conditions on the membrane were performed by varying sample flow rate, salinity, hydrostatic pressure, and chemistry.Data indicate that membrane permeability has a strong dependence on hydrostatic pressure, and a weak dependence on salinity. Under slow flow conditions bicarbonates in solution contributed to carbon dioxide instrument response as a result of carbon system equilibration processes in the boundary layer at the membrane interface. In addition, method development was undertaken to enable underwater sediment porewater analyses and quantitative (calibrated) measurements of total dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC). This work establishes the capability of membrane introduction mass spectrometry to measure two compatible variables (DIC and dissolved COâ‚‚) for comprehensive COâ‚‚-system characterizations. In addition to laboratory studies three types of field observation were obtained in this work.High-resolution vertical profiles of dissolved gases in the Gulf of Mexico were obtained through system calibration and characterization of the influence of hydrostatic pressure on the behavior of polydimethylsiloxane membranes. In the South Atlantic Bight, sediment porewater profiles of dissolved gases were repeatedly obtained over a 54 hr period. Data trends were in agreement with high remineralization rates facilitated by porewater advection. Finally, time-series underwater DIC measurements that were undertaken proved to be in good accord with results obtained using conventional techniques. These measurements constitute the first quantitative observations of dissolved gas ocean profiles, sediment porewater profiles, and DIC measurements by underwater mass spectrometry.
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ABSTRACT: Manual collection and processing of seawater samples for dissolved gas analyses are technically challenging, time consuming and costly. Accordingly, in situ analysis techniques present attractive alternatives to conventional gas measurement procedures. To meet the demands of sustained, high-resolution chemical observations of the oceans, the University of South Florida and SRI International developed underwater mass spectrometer systems for quantitative measurements of dissolved gases and volatile organic compounds. This work describes the influence of variable in situ conditions on the performance of a membrane introduction mass spectrometer used for measurements in both the water column and sediment porewater. Laboratory experiments to simulate the effects of field conditions on the membrane were performed by varying sample flow rate, salinity, hydrostatic pressure, and chemistry.Data indicate that membrane permeability has a strong dependence on hydrostatic pressure, and a weak dependence on salinity. Under slow flow conditions bicarbonates in solution contributed to carbon dioxide instrument response as a result of carbon system equilibration processes in the boundary layer at the membrane interface. In addition, method development was undertaken to enable underwater sediment porewater analyses and quantitative (calibrated) measurements of total dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC). This work establishes the capability of membrane introduction mass spectrometry to measure two compatible variables (DIC and dissolved CO) for comprehensive CO-system characterizations. In addition to laboratory studies three types of field observation were obtained in this work.High-resolution vertical profiles of dissolved gases in the Gulf of Mexico were obtained through system calibration and characterization of the influence of hydrostatic pressure on the behavior of polydimethylsiloxane membranes. In the South Atlantic Bight, sediment porewater profiles of dissolved gases were repeatedly obtained over a 54 hr period. Data trends were in agreement with high remineralization rates facilitated by porewater advection. Finally, time-series underwater DIC measurements that were undertaken proved to be in good accord with results obtained using conventional techniques. These measurements constitute the first quantitative observations of dissolved gas ocean profiles, sediment porewater profiles, and DIC measurements by underwater mass spectrometry.
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Development and Deployment of an Underwater Mass Spectrometer for Quantitative Measurements of Dissolved Gases b y Ryan J. Bell A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy College of Marine Science University of South Florida Major Professor: Robert H. Byrne, Ph.D. Robert T. Short, Ph.D. Edward S. V an Vleet, Ph.D. Frants R. Lauritsen, Ph.D. Friso H.W. van Amerom, Ph.D. Luis H. Garcia Rubio, Ph.D. Date of Approval: November 12 2009 Keywords: membrane inlet mass spectrometry, seawater chemistry polydimethylsiloxane permeability, sediment porewater, carbon dioxide Copyright 2009, Ryan Bell


Dedication To Carrie.


Acknowledgments I express my deep appreciation to my major academic advisor, Dr. Robert Byrne His patience, guidance and confidence in my abilities have enabled my academic development and success while his dedication and openness have made my tenure at the University of South Florida a positive experience Without the encouragement, guidance and support of Dr. Robert T. Short, the success of this work would not have been possible. T he opportunities Dr. Short has afforded me through my employment at the Center for Ocean Technology and SRI International have been and will continue to be indispensable throughout my professional development I would also like to express my appreciation to committee members Dr. Edward V an Vleet, Dr. Frants Lauritsen, Dr. Friso van Amerom, and Dr. Luis Garcia Rubio for their indispensible critical reviews and valuable discussions A special thank you goes to the past an d present members of our research group : Dr. F riso van Amerom, Dr. Strawn Toler, Peter Wenner Gottfried Kibelka, Dr. Andres Cardenas, John Edkins Karsten Khn, Luis Miranda, Matthias Ellio t t, Sand ra Gassig, Julie Pierce Jeremy Fowers and Mauricio Lanio Their advice and friendship have contributed immeasurably to my personal and academic development Without their direction and support, n one of this work would have be en possible


I thank Dr. Lori Adornato Gottfried Kibelka, Dr. Xuewu Liu and Dr. William Savidge for their critical discussions and focused comments that kept this work sound and accurate while expanding its scientific relevance I gratefully acknowledge the contributions from technical collaborators: Joe Kolesar for his unending willingness to help (and his lively debates) ; Ray Hazen for the electrical engineering mentoring for which I am tremendously indebted ; Mike Hall and William Huzar for enduring the endless modification request s ; and Bill Range for his anecdotes and gramma r lessons. I thank the staff and c rew of the R/V Bellows, R/V Suncoaster, R/V Savannah and R/V Pelican who enable d the collection of much of the data present ed here I would like to express my gratitude to my parents, Tom and Nancy Bell ; my brother, Sean; and my Gramma, Agnes Jefferson for their unending love and support through every phase of my life. My deepest thanks go to Carrie Wall for her support and devotion in times of need and her humor and love in times of elation Carrie s help collecting s amples and making edits in the wee hours is much appreciated, and her support is everything to me L astly, I thank our blind cave fish for inspiring me with daily demonstration s of Mother Natures incredible accomplishments in underwater chemical sensing.


Note to Reader Note to Reader: The original of this document contains color that is necessary for understanding the data. The original dissertation is on file with the USF library in Tampa, Florida.


i Table of Contents List of Tables iii List of Figures iv Abstract vi Chapter 1: Introduction 1 Chapter 2: Calibration of an In Situ Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometer for Measurements of Dissolved Gases and Volatile Organics in Seawater 4 Abstract 4 Introduction 6 Theory 8 Steady State Permeation 8 Non Steady State Permeation 9 Molar Volume Correction 9 Experimental Methods 10 Membrane Characterization 10 Field Experiment 18 Results and Discussion 21 Membrane Characterization 21 Field Data 26 Chapter 3: Dissolved Gas Analysis of South Atlantic Bight Sediment Porewater by Flow Through Membrane Introduction Mass Spectrometry 31 Abstract 31 Introduction 33 Study Setting and Methods 35 Sample Site 35 S ampling System 37 Deployment 39 Sampling Methodology 40 Calibration 40 Calibration Correction Terms 42 Results and Discussion 43 Porewater Sampling Analysis 43 Conclusions 51 Chapter 4: In Situ Determination of Total Dissolved Inorganic Carbon by Underwater Membrane Introduction Mass Spectrometry 52


ii Abstract 52 Introduction 53 MIMS Carbon System Measurement Theory 55 p CO 2 Equilibrium 55 CO 2 Solution Equilibrium 55 Relation of UMS Signal Intensities to Dissolved Gas Concentrations 57 Methods 59 MIMS System 59 Carbonate Contribution to CO 2 Signal Intensity 60 MIMS DIC Linearity Experiment 61 MIMS Response to Sample Salinity 63 In Situ Deployment 63 Results and Discussion 65 Carbonate Contribution to CO 2 Signal Intensity 65 MIMS DIC Linearity Experiment 67 MIMS Response to Sample Salinity 69 Use of Standard Reference Materials in MIMS Analysis. 73 In Situ Deployment 74 Conclusions 76 Summary 78 References Cited 79 Appendices 90 Appendix 1: Instrument Specifications 91 Appendix 2: Instrument Response to Salinity 92 About the Author End Page


iii List of Tables Table 1. Ions and permeant concentration used for analysis of permeability. 15 Table 2. Sequence of events for deployment of the UMS in the Gulf of Mexico. 21 Table 3. Equatio n 1.7 coefficients for various permeants determined by non linear least square analysis. 26 Table 4. Standard gas mixtures used for equilibration (in mole fractio n). 41 Table 5. Salting coefficients at 35 C. 71 Table 6. Underwater mass spectrometer system specifications. 91 Table 7. Baseline subtracted ion current data for argon ( I 40 ) and carbon dioxide ( I 44 ). 92


iv List of Figures Figure 1. A view of the high pressure flow over membrane inlet assembly. 11 Figure 2. Lab apparatus for membrane inlet experiments. 13 Figure 3. Demonstration of the two methods of blank preparation. 16 Figure 4. Ion current for m/z 28 (Nitrogen) at various flow rates. 17 Figure 5. Deployment of the General Oceanic Rosette frame. 19 Figure 6. Ion current dependency on hydrostatic pressure fo r selected permeants. 22 Figure 7. Change in membrane transport behavior with hydrostatic pressure. 23 Figure 8. Concentration depth profiles from the Gulf of Mexico. 28 Figure 9. Deployment site located at US Navy Tower R2. 36 Figure 10. Sediment sampling sytem. 37 Figure 11. Sedimentary porewater sampling probe design. 38 Figur e 12. Raw UMS data in time series during three sediment depth profiles. 44 Figure 13. Toroidal models used for estimating sampling resolution shown in 2D. 45 Figure 14. Depth time contours of calibrated UMS data in sediment porewater. 47 Figure 15. Carbon dioxide chemocline depth time series. 50 Figure 16. Schematics I, II, and III of laboratory based experiments. 61 Figure 17. Ion current ( I 44 ) vs. sample flow rate. 66 Figure 18. Linear calibration plots using Na 2 CO 3 standards acidified inline. 68 Figure 19. Quadratic calibration plots using Na 2 CO 3 standards acidified inline. 69 Figure 20. Ion current and sample concentration vs. salinity. 70


v Figure 21. DIC as measured by the UMS and by coulometry. 75 Figure 22. System level image of the underwater mass spectrometer. 91


vi Development and Deployment of an Underwater Mass Spectrometer for Quantitative Measurements of Dissolved Gases Ryan J. Bell ABSTRACT Manual collection and processing of seawater samples for dissolved gas analyses are technically challenging, time consuming and costly. Accordingly, in situ analysis tech niques present attractive alternatives to conventional gas measurement procedures To meet the demands of sustained, high resolution chemical observations of the oceans the University of South Florida and SRI International developed un derwater mass spectrometer systems for quantitative measurements of dissolved gases and volatile organic compounds. This work describes the influence of variable in situ conditions on the performance of a membrane introduction mass spectrometer used for measurements in both the water column and sediment porewater. Laboratory experiments to simulate the effects of field conditions on the membrane were performed by varying sample flow rate, salinity, hydrostatic pressure, and chemistry. Data indicate that membrane permea bility has a strong dependence on hydrostatic pressure, and a weak dependence on salinity. Under slow flow conditions bicarbonates in solution contributed to carbon dioxide instrument response a s a result of carbon system equilibration processes in the bo undary layer at the membrane interface. In addition, method development was undertaken to enable underwater sediment porewater analyses and quantitative (calibrated) measurements of total dissolved


vii inorganic carbon (DIC) This work establishe s the capabi lity of membrane introduction mass spectrometry to measure two compatible variables (DIC and dissolved CO 2 ) for comprehensive CO 2 system characterizations In addition to laboratory studies three t ypes of field observation were obtained in this work. High resolution vertical profiles of dissolved gases in the Gulf of Mexico were obtained through system calibration and characterization of the influence of hydrostatic pressure on the behavior of poly dimethylsiloxane membranes. In the South Atlantic Bight, sediment porewater profiles of dissolved gases were repeatedly obtained over a 54 hr period. Data trends were in agreement with high r emineralization rates facilitated by porewater advection. Fina lly, time series underwater DIC measurements that were undertaken proved to be in good accord with results obtained using conventional techniques. These measurements constitute the first quantitative observations of dissolved gas ocean profiles, sediment porewater profiles, and DIC measurements by underwater mass spectrometry.


1 Chapter 1: Introduction Modern m ass spectrometers have an extraordinarily wide range of analytical capabilities including isotopic ratios determinations, ultra trace analyte de tection, and large molecule fingerprinting (Hoffmann and Stroobant, 2007) Even simple systems such as membrane inlet mass spectromet e r s (MIMS) a re able to simultaneously quantify multiple analytes over a wide dynamic range (Ketola et al., 1997) As MIMS systems require no reagent or sample preparati on for analyses of gaseous or aqueous gas samples they are easily configured for work in the field, includ ing in situ analysis. F ield portable instrumentation is advantageous because it provides for adaptive analysis enhances spatial and temporal covera ge and reduces the likelihood of contamination during sample collection and handling. MIMS a nalytes have ranged from simple gases such as hydrogen, methane, dinitrogen, nitrous oxide, oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, argon, and carbon dioxide to volatile organi c compounds such as dimethyl sulfide, chloroform, benzene, and toluene (LaPack, 1995; Lennemann, 1999; Bell et al., 2004) M ethodologies for portable MIMS systems have been developed for semi volatile compounds (Matz et al., 1999) and capabilities for accurate isotope ratio measurements are emerging (Camilli and Duryea, 2009; Kibelka et al., 2009) Development of u nderwater mass spectrometry at the University of South Florida (Center for Ocean Technology) and SRI International has focused on the use of MIMS system s for in situ applications (Short et al., 1999) (see Appendix 1 for specifications and system level design) Measurement accuracy is a significant issue for in situ MIMS


2 measurements because i nstrument signal intensity which is dependent on analyte concentration gradients across a gas permeable membrane is a ffected by two phenomena; a ) development of a depleted boundary layer at the membrane surface and b) changes in membrane permeability that result from changes in hydro static pressure, temperature, and salinity. The central goal of this dissertation was to quantitatively characteriz e the extent to which various parameters influence the response of underwater MIMS instrumentation and thereby to expand the instrumental capabilities and applications of MIMS for analysis of seawater and other natural solutions. I n situ MIMS measurements at full ocean depths require characterization of the influence of hydrostatic pressure on the permeability of MIMS inlet systems. Chapter 2 addresses the effect of hydrostatic pressure on membrane permeability. In order to simulate measurem ent conditions in the field, a laboratory apparatus was constructed to control sample flow rate, temperature, pressure, and solution composition T he pressure correction methodology developed in this study was then applied to in situ underwater mass spectrometer data to generate high resolution vertical profiles of dissolved gases in the Gulf of Mexico. In situ measurements of sediment porewaters require analysis of very small sample volumes at very low flow conditi ons Chapter 3 discusses the d evelopment of an automated sediment probe coupled with an underwater syringe pump that permits precis e control of sample flow rate and intake location. To demonstrate this capability in the field, an underwater mass spectrom eter was deployed on the Georgia continental shelf (depth = 27 m) to measure dissolved gas concentrations in the porewater s of highly permeable, medium grained sand s P ersistent porewater advection in these sands


3 considerably magnifies the ecological sign ificance of benthic fluxes on Georgias broad, shallow continental shelf (Jahnke et al., 2005) D ue to capabilities for measuring not only ambie nt levels of d issolved carbon dioxide but also total dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) MIMS instruments are well suited for comprehensive carbon system determinations in seawater Me asurement of compatible carbon system parameters (e.g., DIC and either C O 2 concentration or fugacity) on a single platform allows comprehensive characterization of the marine CO 2 system Chapter 4 explores characterization of MIMS carbon system measurements wherein an underwater mass spectrometer was used to investigate (a) r elationships between sample flow rate and kinetic behavior at the MIMS membrane/solution interface (b) linearity of MIMS instrument response over a wide range of carbon dioxide concentration s and (c) the influence of sample salinity on membrane permeability. The ability to measure carbon dioxide partial pressure DIC and other important marine anal ytes (e g methane, dinitrogen, oxygen, argon, hydrogen sulfide total sulfide, and dimethylsulfide) in a wide range of oceanic environments establishes underwater MIMS as a uniquely capable means of characterizing both aerobic and anaerobic ecosystems in situ


4 Chapter 2 : Calibration of an In Situ Membrane Inlet Mass Spectrometer for Measurements of D issolved Gases and Volatile Organics in Seawater Abstract Use of membrane inlet mass spectrometers (MIMS) for quantitative measurements of dissolved gases and volatile organics over a wide range of ocean depths requires characterization of the influence o f hydrostatic pressure on the permeability of MIMS inlet systems. In order to simulate measurement conditions in the field, a laboratory apparatus was constructed for control of sample flow rate, temperature, pressure, and the concentrations of a variety of dissolved gases and volatile organic compounds. MIMS data generated with this apparatus demonstrated that the permeability of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) membranes is strongly dependent on hydrostatic pressure. For the range of pressures encountered b etween the surface and 2000 m ocean depths, the pressure dependent behavior of PDMS membranes could not be satisfactorily described using previously published theoretical models of membrane behavior. The observed influence of hydrostatic pressure on signa l intensity could, nonetheless, be quantitatively modeled using a relatively simple semi empirical relationship between permeability and hydrostatic pressure. The semi empirical MIMS calibration developed in this study was applied to in situ underwater ma ss spectrometer (UMS) data to generate high resolution vertical profiles of dissolved gases in the Gulf of Mexico. These measurements constitute the first quantitative observations of dissolved gas profiles in the oceans obtained by in situ membrane inlet mass spectrometry.


5 Alternative techniques used to produce dissolved gas profiles were in good accord with UMS measurements.


6 Introduction Since the late 1990s underwater mass spectrometer (UMS) systems have been under development for direct meas urements in freshwater and seawater (Gereit et al., 1998; Short et al., 1999; Hemond and Camilli, 2002) Many field portable mass spectrometers, including submersible systems, depend on the use of membrane inlets (Kotiaho, 1996; Matz et al., 1999; Johnson et al., 2000; Bossuyt and McMurtr y, 2004; Camilli and Hemond, 2004; Tortell, 2005; Short et al., 2006; Janfelt et al., 2006) Membrane inlets are advantageous as a means of reducing sample preparation requirements and decreasing gas loads on vacuum pumps. In addition, membrane inlets are rugged and allow many simple gases and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to be monitored simultaneously (Thompson et al., 2006) Membrane inlet mass spe ctrometry (MIMS) has been used for chemical measurements since 1963 (Hoch and Kok, 1963) However, many of the complexities of membrane inlet systems are st ill under investigation (Futo and Degn, 1994; rsnes et al., 1997; Hansen et al., 1996) and theoretical treatments of gas permeation in polymers have been met with varying degrees of success (Klopffer and Flaconneche, 2001; Lipnizki and Trgrdh, 2001) Although Ficks Law describes a simple linear relationship between analyte flux and partial pressure or fugacity gradient, permeation character istics can change when a polymer membrane undergoes compression, swelling, competitive sorption, or changes in geometry (Fujita, 1961) Some of these potent ial complexities are not relevant to environmental measurements. For example, significant swelling and


7 competitive sorption are not expected with aqueous samples (Favre et al., 1994) and properly supported membranes greatly reduce the potential significance of changes in system geometry under pressure. For aqueous samples, the principal expected influences on the behavior of membrane inlet systems are tempe rature, pressure and hydrodynamics at the MIMS membrane/solution interface. Calibration of membrane permeability as a function of temperature, pressure and system hydrodynamics is likely to be a formidable task. In view of this expectation, it has proven advantageous to perform in situ MIMS measurements at constant temperature and flow conditions (LaPack et al., 1990) The MIMS systems described in this work provide continuous sample flow at constant temperature, whereupon variable hydrostatic pressure is the predominant uncontrolled influence on the membrane inlet system. Although control of hydrostatic pressure in MIMS systems is inherently feasible, such a capability is likely to substantially reduce sample throughput and add undesirable complexity to MIMS measurements. Therefore in order to extend the capabilities of MIMS systems to observe important phenomena in the deep sea (e.g., hydrothermal venting and benthic fluxes, including those emanating from methane hydrates), the performance of MIMS inlet systems must be characterized over a wide range of pressure. Herein we report the effect of hydrostatic pressure on the permeability of a polydimethylsilo xane (PDMS) membrane to dissolved gases and VOCs. Physical mechanisms for hydrostatically induced variations in membrane permeability are discussed, and a semi empirical equation is developed to describe the dependence of membrane permeability on hydrosta tic pressure. Our characterization of PDMS membrane behavior is used to quantitatively interpret in situ MIMS observations of


8 dissolved gases in the Gulf of Mexico. The performance of the MIMS system is then evaluated through comparisons with measurement s obtained using conventional oceanographic methods. Theory Steady State Permeation The permeability (P G ) of gas G through a membrane can be described in terms of a solution diffusion mechanism (LaPack et al., 1990) : 2.1 where D G is the diffusion coefficient of gas G in the membrane, and K G is a gas partition coefficient defined as the quotient of the dissolved gas concentrations on the membrane side and the solution side of the membrane water interface. Ficks First Law defines the gas flux ( F G ) in steady state at l ocation ( x ) in the membrane: 2.2 where A is the membrane area, and dC G (x)/dx is the gas concentration gradient at x Mass spectrometer ion current intensity is proportional to gas flux through the membrane and, for our case, can be related to sample dissolved gas concentrations via the solution to Ficks First Law for a cylindrical flow over membrane: 2.3 where L is the membrane length, and ( C G,o C G,i ) is the difference in gas concentrations between the cylindrical membranes outer ( r o ) and inner radius ( r i ) In the case that a vacuum is maintained within the membrane capillary, C G,1 is negligible compared to C G,2


9 Laminar flow at the surface of the membrane intensifies analyte depletion at the membrane surface and reduces the steady state analyte flux (Sysoev, 2000; Woldring, 1970) Analyte depletion in the boundary layer can be partially mitigated by a h igh sample flow rate through restrictive geometries around the membrane. As the depletions are dependent upon sample velocity, a constant flow rate is required to obtain quantitative results. Non Steady State Permeation Characterization of non steady s tate membrane permeation can be gained through analysis of step function dynamics. For cylindrical membrane ro/ri values less than about four, the theoretical solution for a stepwise increase in sample concentration is closely approximated by that of a sh eet membrane (Pasternak et al., 1970; Crank, 1975) : 2.4 where l is membrane thickness, F G, t is gas flux at time, t and F G, ss is gas flux at steady state. Diffusion coefficients can be determined by fitting eq 2.4 to a concentration step function. Accurate descriptions are obtained using only a few terms in the summation. Molar Volume Correction Pressure influences the activities of permeants in both the solution and the membrane. Changes in partition coefficients with pressure can be described in terms of the difference between the molar volumes of a given permeant in different solution phases (Wij mans, 2004) As such, partition coefficient variations with pressure are described as follows (Millero, 2005) :


10 2.5 where is a partition coefficient at pressure p is a partition coefficient at standard pressure, p o (0.101 MPa), D V G,m is the difference between a gas partial molar volume in the membrane and the liquid phase, R is the ideal gas constant (8.31 cm 3 MPa/mol K), and T is Kelvin temperature. Experimental Methods Membrane Characterization The membrane inlet assembly used in this study was developed for underwater mass spectrometry at depths to at least 2000 m, where hydrostatic pressure is approximately 20 MPa. Although this was the maximum pressure used for the tests performed here, we have observed that the membrane can support pressures of at least 40 MPa.


11 Figure 1 A view of the high pressure flow over membrane inlet assembly. Before sample enters the heater block, several wraps of the samp le tubing around the block warm the sample solu tion. The heater cartridges regulate temperature adjacent to the membrane at the center of the heater block. Restrictive dimensions around the membrane produced high sample flow velocities (~15 cm/s) using moderate flow rates (~8 mL/min) while allowing p assage of particulate s The membrane inlet assembly, Figure 1 consisted of a hollow fiber PDMS membrane (0.064 cm i.d. 0.119 cm o.d. ) (Model 60 011 03; Helixmark, Carpinteria, CA, USA) mounted in a stretched state on a porous sintered Hastelloy C rod (0.14 cm o.d. 0.75 cm length, 2 m pore size). The supported membrane was capped on one end with a 2 mm length of polyetheretherketone (PEEK) rod (0.14 cm o.d. ) and e poxy, wh ile the other end was connected usi ng epoxy and a Swagelok fitting to the vacuum chamber via a 10 cm length of stainless steel tubing (0.127 cm i.d. 0.159 cm o.d. ). The membrane assembly was inserted into a stainless steel heater block (0.25 cm i .d. 3 cm o.d. ) that also housed a thermocouple and heater cartridges for controlling sample and membrane


12 temperature (+/ 0.1 C of the set point). During variable flow experiments, a secondary heater was used to pre heat samples to the set point before entry into the membrane assembly. This significantly reduced temperature fluctuations at the membrane. The membrane inlet assembly was fitted to a Transpector 2.0 quadrupole residual gas analyzer (Inficon, Syracuse, New York) installed in a custom vacuum housing that was regulated at 100 C. The chamber was evacuated using a turbo molecular pump (Model V70LP; Varian, Palo Alto, CA, USA) backed by a dry diaphragm roughing pump (KNF Neuberger, Inc, Trenton, NJ, USA). Open source electron impact ionization was performed with a thoriated tungsten filament. An electron multiplier was used for detection of ions. Samples were passed through the membrane inlet assembly at 8 mL/min using a high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) pump (Shimadzu, Kyoto, Japa n). Hydrostatic pressure at the membrane was monitored with a digital pressure gauge (Cecomp Electronics, Libertyville, IL, USA) fitted to the sample outlet. Pressure was controlled manually using a backpressure regulator (Swagelok, Solon, OH, USA). A s chematic of the experimental setup is shown in Figure 2 A pulse dampener (Restek, Bellefonte, PA, USA) reduced pressure pulses to less than 1 % of the ambient pressure. Sample flow rate was periodically measured manually to ensure that flow rates were consistent with flows defined by the HPLC pump. The maximum sample pressure was limited to 20 MPa by the HPLC pump. A stream selection valve (VI CI Valco Instruments, Houston, TX, USA) was used to control the sample introduction and to provide user defined proportional mixing of samples in order to obtain calibration curves.


13 Figure 2 Lab apparatus for membrane inlet ex periments. S ample concentration, flow rate, temperature, and pressure at the membrane inlet can each be controlled independently Sample concentrations were determined by mixing two or more solutions at selected ratios by switching the valve at specifi ed duty cycles at high frequencies Linear concentration calibration plots can be obtained for a wide range of hydrostatic pressure set points. T he primary calibration solution co ntaining simple dissolved gases was prepared by sparging (>1 hr) phosphate buffered deionized water (pH = 3.7, T = 25 C) with a calibrated gas mixture (Airgas, Radnor, PA, USA) containing 21 % oxygen, 0.9 % argon, 0.1 % carbon dioxide, 0.1 % methane, and nitrogen as the balance gas. The low pH of the phosphate buffered solution redu ced the sum concentration of HCO 3 plus CO 3 2 to less than 0.3% of the total dissolved CO 2 concentration. Dissolved gas concentrations were determined using MATLAB (Version R2006a; Mathworks, Natwick, MA, USA) scripts developed from a variety of sources (Weiss, 1974; Hamme and Emerson, 2004; Wiesenburg and Guinasso, 1979; Garcia and Gordon, 1992) A second solution, deionized water at a vigorous boil (>1 hr), served as a blank. A constant temperature bath (25 C) cooled the water inline, upstream of the stream selector valve. A third solution containing dissolved VOCs was prepared by adding small quantities of dimethyl sulfide, benzene, chloroform, and toluene to 10mL of methanol. An aliquot of the methanol solution (1.5 mL) was then adde d to 1 L of deionized water in


14 a septum sealed flask. Subsequently, sodium sulfide nonahydrate (0.2 g) and 1,4 dioxane (0.56 mL) were directly added to the 1 L solution, and monobasic potassium phosphate was used to buffer the pH to 5.3. All chemicals we re obtained from Sigma Aldrich, St. Louis, MO, USA. Concentrations were chosen to create signal intensities that, at minimum, were an order of magnitude above the baseline values for each ion. The requisite concentrations for VOC analyses were determined by incremental additions of each VOC to an experimental solution. It was noted that, upon addition of each VOC, the ion currents for other VOCs did not change. This indicates that the m/z values chosen for quant ifica tion of each analyte ( Table 1 ) were free of interferences, and that there was no detectable swelling of the membrane as a result of VOC sorption.


15 Table 1 Ions and permeant conce ntration used for analysis of permeability. Analyte mass/charge Concentration ( mol/kg) Methane 15 1.4 Water 17 55.6 10 6 Nitrogen 28 473 Methanol 30 37 10 3 Oxygen 32 251 Hydrogen sulfide 34 1.2 10 3 Argon 40 11.8 Carbon dioxide 44 34.1 Dimethyl sulfide 62 100 Benzene 78 9.9 Chloroform 83 10 1,4 Dioxane 88 6.6 10 3 Toluene 91 0.99 Relative changes in signal intensity were assumed to be proportional to relative changes in membrane permeability. With the exception of water, all signals were baseline subtracted. The baseline of water is known to be small relative to the signal intens ity attributed to membrane permeation. Baseline values were determined by two independent methods that were in complete agreement: (1) sampling water that was being degassed by vigorous boiling; and (2) reducing of sample flow rate to zero, whereupon the aqueous sample in contact with the membrane became completely degassed. In the


16 latter case, degassing was exponential, with 90 % degassing occurring in about 1.5 min ( Figure 3 ). The latter method is particularly convenient as it also provides a simple and effective method for the determination of baseline values in the field. Furthermore, subsequent to sample degassing, diffusion coefficients can be determined by retu rning the pump to its set flow rate, whereupon a step change in concentration occurs at the membrane surface. This procedure avoids the step function dispersion that would result during propagation of a concentration interface through a length of small di ameter tubing. As mass spectrometer response times are much faster than membrane response times, the observed signal step function was used to determine diffusion coefficients via eq 2.4 and the non linear fitting algorithms provided by MATLAB. Figure 3 Demonstration of the two methods of blank preparation. 1) Air equilibrated deionized water was sampled while being brought to a vigorous boil. 2) Sample pump was stopped and the sample in contact with the membrane was completely degassed. Boundary layer conditions have a strong influence on measurements of permeability and diffusion (Krogh et al., 2006) so it is meaningful to report these parameters only in a relative sense, normalized to ambient atmospheric pressure.


17 Furthermore, changes in membrane permeability due to changing hydrostatic pressure result s in varying degrees of boundary layer depletion, making changes in signal intensity a summation of two influences. To address this point, experiments were performed using a range of flow rates. For the membrane inlet configuration used in the present study, variations in boundary layer depletion that resulted from changes in membrane permeability were negligible at flow rates above ~6 mL/min. Thus, change s in signal intensity with hydrostatic pressure were effectively only a function of changing membrane permeability. This observation is demonstrated in Figure 4 by th e ratio of signal intensity at ambient pressure to signal intensity at 10 MPa, which becomes independent of the flow rate at elevated rates. Figure 4 Ion current for m/z 28 (Nitrogen) at various flow rates. Data were collect ed at ambient pressures ( ) and 10 MPa ( ) and each were normalized to flow at 9 mL/min The dashed line represents the ratio of data at ambient pressure and 10 MPa A decrease in membrane permeability results in a decrease in the boundary layer thickness. Thus, the ratio increases at low flow rates. At higher flow rates, the boundary layer is small and the decrease in boundary layer thickness will be insignifican t compared to the change in membrane permeability. Thus, changes in ion current are a result of changes in membrane permeability.


18 Field Experiment UMS field measurements were obtained using previously described instrumentatio n (Short et al., 2001) with the following modifications: the membrane assembly was replaced with the high pressure assembly described above; the sample pump was replaced with a custom made system capable of generating 10 mL/mi n flow rates at 42 MPa, with a power requirement near 1 W and the tungsten filament was replaced with an yttria coated iridium filament. The Ir/Y 2 O 3 filament has a lower work function than tungsten and, being inert relative to tungsten, provides longer l ifetimes at elevated water and oxygen partial pressures (Harvey, 1974) This reduces gas filament reactions that have been shown to create high baselines (Hoch an d Kok, 1963; rsnes et al., 1997) and other problems (Kana et al., 2004) Field data were collected on the West Florida Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico (27 1 7.8 N, 85 07.9 W) on August 8 and 9 2006 using the Florida Institute of Oceanographys R/V Suncoaster. The UMS was mounted on an aluminum Rosette frame (General Oceanics Inc, Miami, FL, USA) with a custom made battery pack, and a n SBE 25 Sealogger con ductivity, temperature and depth sensor (CTD) (Sea Bird Electronics, Inc, Bellevue, WA USA) ( Figure 5 ). The CTD also accommodated a dissolved oxygen sensor (SBE 23). The package was deployed using a standard University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) oceanographic cable and winch. The battery stack consisted of 80 1.2 V C sized nickel metal hydride batteries. The batter ies were w ired to produce 24 V, which allowed continuous UMS operation for more than 8 hours.


19 Figure 5 Deploy ment of the General Oceanic Rosette frame On board were the following: a) UMS system b) batteries c) CTD d) Niskin water samplers. An Ethernet extender (Patton Electronics, Gaithersburg, MD, USA) established high bandwidth real time communications through the UNOLS cable. Although communication through the tether was intermittent due to a faulty winch slip ring, all data were recorded autonomously using the UMS embedded computer and Labview software (National Instruments, Austin, TX, USA) so data collection was not affected. The UMS computer also record ed depth, temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen from the CTD. Temperature and salinity data were used for calculation of seawater gas saturation states ( Hamme and Emerson, 2002) relative to equilibrium with the atmosphere. UMS deployment parameters were as follows: selected ion scan mode; 256 ms dwell time for m/z 14, 28, 32, 34, 40, 44, 62 and 64 ms dwell time for m/z 2, 12, 15, 16,


20 17, 18, 20, 29, 30, 36, 45, 47, 67, 73, 78, 91 yielding a 3.5 s scan time per cycle; 1000 V electron multiplier; 40 eV electron energy; 200 mA electron current; 4 mL/min sample flow rate; and 35 C membrane temperature. Prior to deployment, a three point instrumental calibr ation was performed for methane, nitrogen, oxygen, argon, and carbon dioxide. Intercept (zero) concentrations were created at zero sample flow whereby surface seawater made stationary in contact with the membrane was completely degassed. Two additional c alibration solutions were generated by sparging surface seawater (S = 36.5, T = 25.5 C) for more than 30 minutes with calibrated gas standards (Airgas, Radnor, PA, USA). Three UMS casts were performed over two days. These casts were to a depth of 500 m, about 20 m short of the seafloor. During the first cast, the UMS sampled the water column on both the downcast and the upcast. On the subsequent cast nine hours later the UMS sampled a 1 L Tedlar bag (SKC Inc, Eighty Four, PA, USA) that contained surface seawater equilibrated with a standard gas mixture. A third cast was performed the following day without the UMS. This cast was performed to examine the temperature and salinity profile of the water column. These data were absent from the first two casts due to a faulty CTD power supply. Table 2 outlines the sequence of events for each cast.


21 Table 2 Sequence of events for deployment of the UMS in the Gulf of Mexico. Step Activity Depth (m) Descent/Ascent Rate (m/min) Duration (min) 1 Descent 0 to 30 20 1.5 2 Hold for bubble dissolution 30m 0 10 3 Return to surface 30 to 1 20 1.5 4 Descent to bottom 1 to 500 15 33 5 Hold for equilibration 500 0 5 6 Ascent to surface 500 to 1 15 33 7 Hold for Equilibration 1 0 1 8 Return to deck n.a. n.a. <1 Results and Discussion Membrane Characterization MIMS ion currents were linearly dependent on concentration at both ambient and elevated hydrostatic pressures (data not shown) However, Figure 6 shows non linear results for MIMS ion currents plotted against hydrostatic pressure for a selection of dissolved gases and VOCs. In the case of simple gases, ion current decreases with increased pressure, indicating a decrease in membrane permeability. Larger and non polar permeants show an initial decrease in ion current, but an incre ase at higher pressure. The signal variations shown in Figure 6 are attributable to variations in membrane permeability that result from variations i n diffusion coefficients


22 and/or partition coefficients. Figure 7 shows both components of permeability are pressure d ependent. Figure 6 Ion current dependency on hydrostatic pr essure for selected permeants Blue ( ) data were obtained as hydrostatic pressure was increased, and red ( + ) data as pressure was decreased. Data were normalized to the ion current at 0.1 MPa (ambient), and fitted using eq 2.7 Data shown were obtained at 35 C.


23 Figure 7 Change in m embrane transport behavior with hydrostatic pressure. P ermeability ( --), diffusion ( ), and partition coefficients ( ) d ata are determined at 35 C, are normalized to 0.1 MPa, and fit with polynomial to visually link the data. Relative permeability coefficients were determined using steady state signal intensity, relative diffusion coefficients were extracted from concentration step functions and relative partition coefficient were calculated via eq 2.1 Toward the goal of simple quantitative membrane inlet calibrations with respect to pressure, several models were applied to the permeability data embodied in Figure 6 However, the utility of each model was limited by (a) the large number of coefficients required to obtain acceptable data fits and (b) unrealis tic extrapolations that were obtained using the best fit coefficients of each model. Consequently, the pressure dependence of membrane permeability for small permeants was assessed using the following simple, semi empirical model: 2.6


24 where k corresponds to the fraction of an analytes permeability that is independent of pressure, and b is related to polymeric free volume and, therefore, membrane compressibility. For a given membrane, best fit b values are approximately constant for different permeants, while k values are specific to each permeant. For small polar compounds, k values are small, suggesting a strong permeation dependence on polymeric free volume. Large non polar compounds have k values near 1, indicating a minimal dependence on polymeric free volume, and a propensity for dissolution within the structure of the polymer. Equation 1.6 does not predict the increase in ion current observed for many VOCs. For large permeants, a molar volume term can be included. This is achieved by combining the concepts developed in eqs 2.5 and 2.6 to produce the following semi empirical expression: 2.7 Significant differences are expected in the molar volumes of large non polar molecules within a polar solvent (water) and the non polar polymer (PDMS). Positive increases in permeability with pressure indicate that the molar volumes of large non polar per meants in PDMS are smaller than in water. Equation 2.7 2.7 2.7 coefficients for 13 permeants were determined via non linear fits at 35 C and 15 C as pressure was increased (simulating downcast condition) and as pressure was decreased (simulating upcast conditions). The coefficients reported in Table 3 varied with temperature and membrane history, and were specific to indi vidual membrane inlets. Notably, the


25 temperature dependent k values indicate that MIMS system pressure calibrations are greatly simplified by maintaining constant membrane temperature. Values for V G,m have the correct order of magnitude relative to those reported by Kamiya et al. (Kamiya et al., 2000) Also, Table 3 shows that hysteresis in the MIMS response produces significant uncertainties in V G,m determinations Hysteresis can be attributed to imperfect PDMS elasticity, and is consistent with compression charact eristics reported in the product datasheet. Increased precision for V G,m and slightly better fits are achieved if b is allowed to vary between analytes.


26 Table 3 Equation 1.7 coefficients for various permeants determined by non linear least square analysis. 1 Analyte k 2 (35 C) k 2,3 (15 C) V G,m 2,4 (35 C) Downcast Upcast Downcast Upcast Downcast Upcast Methane 0.37 0.04 0.44 0.05 0.27 0.05 0.25 0.03 0 4 0 4 Water 0.35 0.04 0.32 0.05 0 4 0 4 Nitrogen 0.31 0.03 0.33 0.04 0.21 0.02 0.23 0.05 0 4 0 4 Methanol 0.47 0.07 0.51 0.05 0 4 0 4 Oxygen 0.29 0.04 0.35 0.04 0.23 0.04 0.24 0.04 0 4 0 4 Hydrogen sulfide 0.03 0.1 0.13 0.07 0 4 0 4 Argon 0.31 0.03 0.32 0.04 0.24 0.03 0.26 0.04 0 4 0 4 Carbon dioxide 0.18 0.04 0.15 0.04 0.08 0.01 0.07 0.04 0 4 0 4 Dimethyl sulfide 0.52 0.06 0.59 0.04 0 4 0 4 Benzene 0.6 0.1 0.93 0.09 52 21 16 11 Chloroform 0.5 0.2 0.8 0.1 53 46 19 20 1,4 Dioxane 0.5 0.3 0.7 0.2 85 60 46 29 Toluene 0.8 0.1 1.1 0.1 57 17 20 15 (1) Downcast data were normalized to data obtained prior to pressurization and upcast data were normalized to data obtained after depressurization. (2) b was determined as 0.10 0.03 MPa 1 at 35 C and 0.13 0.07 MPa 1 at 15 C. Although use of b as a best fit variable between gases and casts would improve estimates of k and V G,m T his provides only small improvements in calibrations. (3) VOCs and water were not analyzed at 15 C. (4) Values reported as zero for V G,m were set to zero as there was no indication that signal in tensity increased with pressure, which reduced the number of calibration coefficients without a loss in accuracy for this pressure range. Field Data Several UMS dissolved gas profiles obtained in the Gulf of Mexico are presented in Figure 8 VOC depth profiles were, as expected in the open ocean, below instrument detection limits. Figure 8 a c show UMS signals at m/z 17 (water), m/z 28 (nitrogen) and m/z 32 (oxygen) expressed in terms of concentrations via calibrations at one atmosphere hydrostatic pressure. Water activity is dependent on temperature and, to a lesser extent, salinity (Millero and Leung, 1976) Since the membrane temperature was


27 35 C and salinity was essentially constant between the surface and 500 m, the water profile shows a decrease with depth that must be attributable to compression of the PDMS membrane. Nitrogen and oxygen profiles differ distinctly from the water profile. Nitrogen concentrations in seawater are strongly dominated by ambient seawater temp erature and salinity during equilibration with the atmosphere. Since neither temperature nor nitrogen concentrations are substantially altered during water mass subduction, the nitrogen profile shown in Figure 8 b increases with depth in response to decreasing in situ temperature. Oxygen concentrations are influenced strongly by both physical and biological processes. Subsequent to atmospheric equilibrium, dissolved o xygen concentrations are, like nitrogen, inversely related to both temperature and salinity. Photosynthesis at shallow depths typically produces small supersaturations with respect to atmospheric equilibrium, and net respiration at greater depths typicall y reduces oxygen concentrations to levels much below saturation. All of these influences are seen in Figure 8 c.


28 Figure 8 Concentration depth profiles from the Gulf of Mexico. Figures a, b, and c were obtained using 0.1 MPa concentration calibrations. Figures d, e, and f show pressure corrected data; the blue lines were corrected using eq 7, and the magenta lines were corrected using da ta obtained with a standard solution. Figures g, h, and i show data d etermined with an independently deployed CTD and oxygen sensor. Downcasts and upcasts are shown. Although the influence of membrane compression on signal intensities is seen most clearly in Figure 8 a, it is apparent that membrane compression is an important effect for all UMS observations. Two independent methods were used to account for the effects of hydrostatic pressure on instrument response. In the first case, calibration coefficients obtained via eq 2.6 were used to generate the activity and concentration profiles (blue) shown in Figure 8 d f. Although this method is complicated by c alibration coefficients


29 that may vary between casts, it provides an essential first order account of pressure corrected instrument response when deplo yment logistics do not allow in situ calibration, as described below. As an alternative to pressure correc tions via eq 2.6 the pressure dependence of UMS signals was examined while the UMS sampled a standard solution during a follow up profile to 500 m. The data from thi s follow up profile were normalized to the UMS signal intensities obtained while the standard solution was sampled at the surface. High frequency noise was smoothed using a 4 th degree polynomial fit. These data were then used to correct the raw in situ d ata obtained during the first cast. The results obtained in this analysis, which provide a first order account of the influence of membrane deformation kinetics on UMS measurements, are shown in Figure 8 d f (magenta, downcast and upcast) The juxtaposition of magenta and blue profiles shows no systematic depth dependent differences between calibration methods. I t appears then that hysteresis is a minor influence in the upper 500 m and can be accounted for quantitatively. Nevertheless, it should be noted that this type of procedure should become increasingly important if UMS observations were to include a wider range of depth in the water column. Figure 8 g i show activity and concentration profiles that were determined independent of UMS observations. Water vapor pressure, calculated from salinity (Hamme, 2006) and normalized to vapor pressure at the sea surface, is shown vs. depth in Figure 8 g. As directly observed in Figure 8 d, in the absence of strong salinity gradients, variations in water activity (and hence vapor pressu re) are expected to be very small. Figure 8 h shows predicted nitrogen saturation concentrations (calculated from


30 temperature and salinity) for equilibrium with the a tmosphere. Good accord is observed with the UMS data shown in Figure 8 e and 8h Figure 8 i shows a dissolved oxygen profile obtained with the SBE 23 dissolved oxygen sensor. The data shown in Figure 8 f and 8 i are in close agreement and it can be noted that, due to hysteresis effects, the dissolved oxygen sensor shows downcast/upcast differences that are generally as large as or larger than those obtained by the UMS. These measurements, which constitute the first quantitative observations of d issolved gas profiles in the oceans obtained by in situ membrane inlet mass spectrometry, indicate that UMS systems are capable of providing unique quantitative assessments of fine scale processes in the marine environment.


31 Chapter 3 : Dissolved Gas Analysis of South Atlantic Bight Sediment Porewater by Flow Through Membrane Introduction Mass Spectrometry Abstract An underwater membrane introduction mass spectrometer was deployed on the Georgia continental shelf (depth = 27 m) to measu re in situ dissolved gas concentrations in sediment porewaters. Over a 54 hour period, 30 profiles of sediment porewater (up to 18 cm deep) were sampled using an automated sediment probe coupled with an underwater positive displacement syringe pump. The porewater was analyzed with a flow through membrane assembly at constant sample flow rate (0.35 ml/min) and membrane temperature (45 C). Calibration was performed using on site seawater equilibrated with gas standards. During the seafloor deployment, sp ar buoys provided continuous power to the instrumentation as well as communication, allowing real time data analysis and instrumental control. Sediment at the deployment site is highly permeable medium to coarse grained sand. It is non accumulating and has very low organic matter content. Measurements of methane, nitrogen, argon, oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations were used to produce depth time contours and demonstrate the dynamics of dissolved gases in the porewater. Porewater methane concentra tions indicated the presence of methanogenic bacteria, and elevated methane concentrations in ambient water suggest that methane production in the sediment porewater may be a significant source of methane in the water ecosystem. Dynamic, elevated nitrogen argon ratios suggest a complex denitrification


32 nitrification system. Oxygen and carbon dioxide sediment profiles were closely coupled. A correlation between chemocline depth and sediment ripple height suggested that the porewater environment is controll ed by water inundation and upwelling advection processes related to the presence of ripple troughs and crests respectively.


33 Introduction Knowledge of dissolved gas concentrations in ecological porewaters is critical to understanding many complex environmental processes including nutrient cycling (Cornwell et al., 1999) climate change (Conrad, 1996) ground w ater contamination (Squillace et al., 1 999) waste disposal (Sheppard et al., 2005) carbon sequestration (Ersland et al., 2009) and energy resource management (Reimers et al., 2006; Dickens et al., 1997; Lapham et al., 2008) However, p orewater dissolved gas a nalys es present a particularly challenging set of logistic al problem s (Sansone et al., 2008) T he dyna mic nature of dissolved gas es in natural systems demands sampling frequencies that are c apable of resolving diurnal cycles and brief episodic events. I n some porewater systems strong gradients necessitate sub centimeter spatial resolution to accurately resolve the chemical profile (Benstead and Lloyd, 1994) Further, due to the vo latility of gases contamination of collected samples is a fundamental problem. T his is particularly true for samples with fugacities that deviate significantly from fugacities in the atmosphere Some sampling problems can be mitigated by reproducing th e natural environ ment of cored samples ex situ (Eyre et al., 2002; Kana et al., 1994) Extensive me asurements of a core can then be obtained by non destructive chemical analys e s such a s m embrane i nlet m ass s pectrometry (MIMS) (Kana et al., 1998) microelecrode potentiometry (Taillefert et al., 2000) or optrode (Klimant et al., 1995) Ideally, logistical considerations involving such procedures would include maintenance of temperature,


34 salinity, hydrostatic pressure, ligh t intensity, fluid advection and ambient water chemistry As such, alternative in s itu analytical options can be quite appealing. MIMS has proven to be a reliable and multifaceted tool for analysis of dissolved gases in a wide variety of media including sediment porewater (Lauritsen et al., 1992; Hansen and Degn, 1996; Johnson et al., 2000; An et al., 2001; Smith et al., 2008) E xcellent spatial and temporal resolution has been achieved usi ng MIMS probes further they are capable of analys e s of hydrogen, methane, dinitrogen, nitrous oxide, oxygen, hydrogen sulfide, argon, carbon dioxide and numerous volatile organic compounds (Tortell, 2005; Lauritsen and Gylling, 1995; Lloyd et al., 1996, 2002) S ma ller and more eff icient portable MIMS devices are increasingly used in the field to produce laboratory quality analys e s minimiz ing the likelihood of sampl ing artifacts (Lauritsen et al., 2008; Taylor and Bierbaum, 2008) It is natural then, that in situ analysis of sediment porewater by MIMS in the under water environment be developed. Previous MIMS analysis of sediment porewater analysis involved direct insertion of membrane probes into sediment cores ex situ Though achieving excellent spatial resolution, such systems can control neither the probes membrane temp erature nor the probes boundary depletion layer. In the present work, an underwater mass spectrometer (UMS) system with a flow th r ough membrane inlet assembly (Short et al., 1999) is used to examine sediment porewater in situ As the flow through inlet allows samples to be pumped to the MIMS, sample and membrane temperatures can be regulated thereby fixing membrane perm eability. Further, by ensuring constant sample flow velocities at the UMS membrane interface during analysis, the flow though inlet allows control of the boundary depletion layer at the membrane interface. Several problems are addressed by


35 achieving const ant boundary layer conditions. (a ) By flushing the boundary layer instrument sensitivity is maximized (Hartnett and Seitzinger, 2003) ; (b) c hanges in instr ument response attributable to sediment tortuosity are averted (Sheppard and Lloyd, 2002) ; and (c) c alibrations of carbon dioxide fugacity in solution s with a pH greater than 3 are enabled by fixing the contributions of HCO 3 and CO 3 2 to the carbon dioxide signal intensity. Perturbations in carbon dioxide fugacity are particularly intense and difficult to predict when the membrane boundary de pletion layer is large and uncontrolled, as is the case with directly inserted membrane probes ( Chapter 4 ) P orewater analy sis with a flow th r ough underwater mass spectrometer (UMS) system was conducted using a positive displacement syringe pump coupled to a vertically controlled sediment sampling probe T he UMS system was deployed for analysis on the Georgia continental shelf (depth = 27 m) Pore w ater and ambient water were sampled over a vertical distance of 18 cm. Integration of the sediment probe with the UMSs embedded computer enabled complex autonomous sampling protocols T h is approach provides good sensitivity, obviates liquid nitrogen traps mitigates analytical v ariables that influence signal intensity and substantially simplifies system c alibration. This work constitutes the first use of UMS for investigation of dissolved gases in sediment porewaters Study Setting and Methods Sample Site D ata were collected (August, 2008) mid shelf in the South Atlantic Bight (SAB) at the R2 Navy tower station (31 22 N, 80 34 W) ( Figure 9 ) Work was conducted with the collaborative research program, Benthic Observatory and Technology Testbed On the Mid Shelf Understanding Processes (BOTTOMS UP). T he R/V


36 Savannah was u sed to access the sample site and deploy instrumentation. Tidal height wave height and light intensity data during the deployment were obtained from the R2 tower via the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography South Atlantic Bight Synoptic Offshore Observatio nal Network (SABSOON) website ( Sediments at the R2 site are non accumulating, and have a 250 500 m median grain size (Gorsline, 1963) high metabolic activity, low fine particulate content and substantial benthic microalgal photosynthesis (Jahnke et al., 2005) S trong sediment water interactions in this shallow continental shelf region, establishes the systems porewater chemistry as an essential component of the overall SAB ecosystem (Jahnke et al., 2005) Figure 9 Deployment site located at US Navy Tower R2 The site is located 81 km offshore of Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO)


37 Sampling System The sediment porewater sampling system was fabricated from an oil filled vessel containing three stepper motors and a programmable contro ller board ( Figure 10 ). The motors can be affixed to a variety of translational motion devices F or this study only two motors were operated Motor 1 drove a lead screw fixed to a 5 mL sampling syringe to provide sample flow M otor 2, also affixed to a lead screw, provide d precise vertical control of a sediment sampling probe Oil pressure in the vessel sustained at about 8 psi using a f lexible polyurethane oil water interface This positive pressure en sures that seawater cannot enter the vessel in the event of a gasket or component failure. The total travel distance of the sediment probe (18 cm ) was determined by the length of the lead screw. Figure 10 Sediment sampling sytem. a) oil filled vessel b) sampling syringes c) plunger d) lead screw e) sediment probe support tube f) sediment probe. Sampling tubes not shown for clarity.


38 The flow through membrane inlet assembly and UMS system are similar to that previously p ublished (Bell et al., 2007) A Hastelloy C (HC) sampling tube directly coupled the UMS membrane assembly inlet to the sediment probe tip. A second HC samp ling tube coupled the membrane assembly outlet to the sampling syringe. A tee and two c heck valves fixed to the sampling syringe ensure d that with drawing the syringe plunger would cause porewater to travel from the sediment probe tip through the membrane assembly and into the syringe. W hen the syringe plunger was plunged, the check valves direct ed sample flow into the ambient seawater S ample flow rate was set to 0.35 mL/min during analysis Figure 11 Sediment ary porewater sampling probe design. a) support tube b) sampling tu be c) perforated base d) sintered intake filter e) penetrating tip The sampling probe consists of tip assembly, a 1.6 mm HC sampling tube, and a 6.4 mm stainless steel support tube ( Figure 11 ). The tip assembl y consists of a n inlet filter sandwiched between a pointed polyaryletheretherketone (PEEK) tip and a perforate d PEEK base The base was threaded on both ends allowing cons truction of the


39 probe tip assembly. The perforated base directed porewater flow between the intake filter and sampling tube. A 6.4 mm diameter, 1.0 mm thick sintered HC disc with a 2 m por e size and a 3.2 mm center bore hole served as the intake filter The sampling tube ( 0.76 mm i.d.) was press fit ted into the perforated base and ep oxied in place to ensure a leak free fit. Deployment The sampling system was mounted on a profiling fr ame that includ ed an internally logging conductivity temperature depth ( CTD ) sensor a pressure vessel containing NiH batteries ( which operated as a backup power source during power interruptions ) and an underwater camera The camera produced time lapse phot ography of the sediment probe. T wo PV C spar buoys were t ethered to the UMS system on the seafloor The buoys contained sufficient Li ion polymer batteries to allow 12 hours of UMS operation. As b att ery recharge time was less than 6 hours replacement of the buoys e very 12 hours allowed cont inuous UMS operation. To enable real time UMS control and data monitoring the tether routed DSL communications between the buoys and the UMS system. A wireless RF link was then used to transmit the data between the buoys and a computer on the R/V Savann ah. The UMS system was deployed from the R/V Savannah about 650 m south east of the R2 na vy tower station (27 m regional depth) A tethered buoy was deployed concurrently and, once communication with the UMS was confirmed the UMS system was released from the vessel. The R/V Savannahs rigid inflatable boat (RIB) was used to swap the spar buoys and d i vers periodically inspected the instrument for problem s. After 50 hours of operation, the system was recovered and calibrated.


40 Sampling Methodology The porewater sampling system was mounted on the deployment frame with the sediment probes intake filter 4. 5 cm from the base of the frame (the predicted sediment interface location). The probe was preprogrammed to sample porewater at depth s of 0, 3.8, 5 .1 7.6, 10.2, 12.7, 15.2, and 17.8 cm below the initial position. I t was anticipated that the first two sampling depths would be in ambient water and would allow detect ion of gas concentration gradients above the sediment interface Sampling depths were referenced to the sediment water interface At each position, 2.45 mL were sampled at 0.35 mL/min During sampling, porewater travel ed from the inlet filter to the membrane in 165 s However, mixing with in the sample tubing and pervaporation of analyte through the membrane necessitated a six minute signal stabilization period before measurements were taken. T he syringe pump stopped for one minute during the stabilization period while the sediment probe travelled to the next dep th. L aboratory ob s ervations showed that this procedure reduced the likelihood of clogging the sintered intake filter Calibration T he system was calibrated by equilibrating surface water from the R2 site for more than one hour with gas mixtures that contained certified mole fractions of methane, nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide. Sample s alinity measured during sample collection via the research vessels water sampling system and sample temperature measured during sample analysis allow ed calculation of dissolved gas concentrations (Weiss, 1970, 1974; Hamme and Emerson, 2004; Wiesenburg and Guinasso, 1979; Garcia and Gord on, 1992) Gas mole fractions are shown in Table 4 Each sample was analyzed until a stable signal was achieved. The UMS was calibrated for carbon dioxide usin g only gas mixture 1. Bubbles in the sample line formed


41 periodically and were flushed out immediately prior to analysis. Blank samples were measured by leaving deionized water in the MIMS assembly with the sample pump inactivated overnight to allow compl ete degassing of the sample in contact with the membrane. The MIMS assembly temperature was controlled at 45 C Table 4 Standard gas mixtures used for equilibration (in mole fraction). Gas Mixture 1 Mixture 2 Mixture 3 Methane 0. 00 403 0. 00 501 0. 00 200 Nitrogen Balance Balance Balance Oxygen 0. 209 0. 100 0. 180 Argon 0. 00 768 0.0 150 0. 00 992 Carbon Dioxide 0.0 00 404 0. 00 20 0.0 00 606 Linear least squares regressions provided UMS calibration coefficients for methane, nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide concentrations using measured UMS ion current s , at m/z 15, 28, 32, 40 and 44. was also used in the nitrogen regression to account for contributions from carbon dioxide fragmentation. Additi onally, all signal intensities were background corrected by subtracting the signal intensity at m/z 5 ; this subtraction accounts for changes in electronic noise resulting from UMS temperature variability UMS calibration parameters and deployment par ameters were identical : selected ion scan mode; 256 ms dwell time for m/z 14, 28, 32, 34, 40, 44, 62; 63 ms dwell time for m/z 2, 5, 12, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 29, 30, 33, 36, 45, 47, 67, 73, 78, 91, yielding a 3.5 s scan time per cycle; electron multiplier at 1000 V ; electron impact energy of 40 eV ; 200 mA electron current.


42 Calibration Correction Terms W ater vapor contributes strongly to MIMS baseline ion currents (rsnes et al., 1997) U nder hydrostatic pressure water transmission into the vacuum chamber is significantly reduced (B ell et al., 2007) Therefore t he first calibration coefficient term (y intercept or baseline ) was corrected for differences in water vapor contributions between field measurements and calibration A multiplicative correction factor, was defined as follows (eq 3 1 ). 3 1 Where is the average ion current at m/z 17 during calibration, is the ion current at m/z 17 during field measurements and is the corrected first calibration coefficient. was calculated and applied to each field data point. The second calibration coefficient term (slope or sensitivity) was multipl ied by an argon correction term to produce (eq 3 .2 ) 3 .2 The argon correction term, equal to the ratio of argon saturation concentration, [Ar] sat to the uncorrected argon concentration measured with the UMS using and [Ar] meas This term accounts for changes in membrane permeability to gases due to hydrostatic pressure. CTD determinations of water temperature and salinity allow ed calculation of argon saturation concentrations was generated for each UMS sample taken above the sediment interface, and was interpolated linearly with time for all data points.


43 Carbo n dioxide concentrations were corrected to account for the thermodynamic ally induced change in concentration created by the sample temperature difference between in situ or equilibration values and the MIMS measurement value (4 5 C) (Guguen and Tortell, 2008) The a lkalinity of the surface seawater analyzed post cruise using the spectrophotometric method of Yao and Byrne (1998) was 238 0 m ol /kg Knowing input in situ temperature, salinity, alkalinity and MIMS temperature, MATLAB (Version R2008b; Mathworks, Natwick MA, USA) scripts adapted to include the CO2SYS program from van Heuven et al. (2009) were used to calculate the change in carbon diox ide concentration The average equilibration temperature during calibration was 22 C and the average in situ temperature was 26 C. T he difference between these values result ed in an average correction of 3.5 % for in situ data Results and Discussion Po rewater Sampling Analysis Thirty profiles were completed over a period of 54 hours producing 240 independent sets of gas concentration measurements Raw UMS data are presented in Figure 12 The stability of the argon data set ( ) indicate s that the sample flow rate was constant and bubble s did not form in the sample line during analysis. Bubble formation was mitigated by hydrostatic pressure and f low rate variability was mitigated through use of the positive displacement sy ringe pump. C onstant sample flow was further ensured through analysis at discrete sample depths. This reduced inlet filter clogging because only small volumes of the sediment column are filtered at discrete depths. However, t his added precaution may not be necessary in sediments with percentages of fine grained material as low as are found in the SAB.


44 Figure 12 Raw UMS data in time series during three sediment depth profiles. I 32 I 40 and I 44 are shown in magenta, black, and blue respectively In order t o establish the systems ability to define sharp porewater chemoclines it is useful to estimate the systems vertical sampling resolution Using a sample volume of 2.46 mL and a sediment por osity of 37 % (Rao et al., 2007) it was calculate d that a 6.6 mL volume of sedim ent was sampled at each depth The sampled porewater volume geometries depicted in Figure 13 a and 13 b were used to estimate the vertical resolution assuming two different torus shaped sampling volum e s a ) being the worst case and b) being an optimistic case Here the vertical resolution is defined as twice the radius of the toroidal tube representing the porewater volume. U sing the probe s outside radius ( r 2 = 3.2 mm ) the calculated sediment sa mp le volume (V = 6.6 mL ) and the two sampling geometries shown in Figure 13 the estimated vertical samplin g resolution was estimated to be between 1.2 and 1.9 cm. In this work, me asurement intervals were 2.5 cm; thus a vertical resolution of < 2.0 cm is sufficient to prevent undue smoothing of each depth profile. Though the vertical sampling resolution may be too large to accurately resolve


45 some sediment porewater gradients, future work and design modifications m ay enable improved vertical resolutions. Figure 13 T oro id al models used for estimating sampling resolution shown in 2D The lightly shaded region s represent the sediment probe, the darkly shaded region represents the sample inlet, and the circular regions represent the volume of porewater sampled. T he models were used to constrain estimates of vertical sampling resolutions (2r 1 ) of porewater around the sediment sampling probe Local wave driven redistribution of sediment resulted in oscillations of the sediment in terface between 2.8 and 4.0 cm from the probes initial reference position. Due to the movement of the interface, 24 of the 30 profiles had only a single determination of ambient water concentrations To avoid spurious interpolations across the sediment interface, the ambient water was assumed to be homogenous. This assumption was confirmed by the 6 profiles that had a second ambient water determination close to the sediment interface Sampling depths from each profile were referenced to the sediment wa ter interface as determined by time lapse photography. Each vertical profile was interpolated using a piecewise cubic Hermite algorithm to obtain continuous gas concentration depth profiles for methane, nitrogen, oxygen, argon and carbon dioxide. Concentrations at e ach depth were then interpolated linearly through time to obtain the data present ed as a depth time contour in Figure 14 Nitrogen


46 concentration s w ere divided by argon concentration s to remove the effects of physic al processes that would affect ni trogen and argon similarly For each gas, a chemocline time series was calculated as the depth in the sediment at which the maximum change in concentration occurred


47 Figure 14 Depth time contours of calibrated UMS data in sediment porewater. a) Methane concentration ( mol/kg) b) Nitrogen argon ratio (no units) c) Oxygen concentration ( mol/kg) d) Carbon dioxide concentration ( mol/kg) The horizontal line at 0 cm represents th e sediment water interface as determined by time lapse photography The markers represent sample locations in time and depth


48 Methane concentrations ranging from 0.0 32 mol/kg in ambient water to 0.1 37 mol/kg in porewater ( Figure 14 a ) indicated the presence of methanogenic bacteria in the sediment. T he methane detection limit (three times the standard deviation of the instrumental noise) was determined to be 0.0 25 mol/kg. As a result, the methane depth time contour has substantial uncertainties. Nevertheless, a chemocline is detectable about 3 cm below the sediment interface. Though porewater methane concentration s are low compared to more organic rich enviro nments (Lloyd et al., 1998) d etectable methane concentrations in ambient water suggests that methane production in SAB sediment s may be a signif icant source to the water column. This is consistent with a porewater environment that is dominated by intense metabolic activity and strong advective processes (Janssen et al., 2005; Sansone and Martens, 1981; Jahnke et al., 2005) Nitrogen argon ratio s data point to active denitrify ing nitrifying biology ( Figure 14 b ). CTD temperature (~26.5 C) and salinity (~36.0) indicated that nitrogen argon ratios in ambient water should be between 38.36 and 38.40. Measured values between 39.3 and 40.9 indicate that nitrogen porewater and ambient water concentration s are elevated by 10 20 mol/kg. The data suggest that increased denitrifica tion occurred on the evening of 08/27/08. The most dynamic region of nitrogen argon ratios was the suboxic region (~ 2 cm) T his appears to be consistent with the occurrence of denitrification nitrification across steep redox gradients in suboxic microenv ironments (Rao et al., 2008) A s these experiments were a first attempt to measure in situ porewater gas concentrations it was not determined w hether a correction for small changes in UMS ionization energy or nitrogen oxygen interactions is necessary (An et al., 2001) Th ese effects may be contributing to some of the subtle variations detected in the nitrogen


49 argon ratio. However, t he methods laid out here should enable more precise denitrification estimates in the future. Oxygen concentrations ranged from 0 mol/kg below the oxygen chemocline (oxycline) to 200 mol/kg in the ambient water ( Figure 14 c ). Oxygen determinations using both I 34 and I 32 were very closely coupled (data not shown), indicating that hydrogen sulfide, which would have an interfering contribution only at I 34 was not present in detectable quantities. Calculated oxygen concentration s at saturation were between 199 and 201 mol/kg in ambient water. As such, UMS m easurements were consistent with ambient water values in near equilibrium with the atmosphere Although t he carbon dioxide chemocline depth is closely coupled to the oxygen chemocline, on average it was 0.8 cm deeper ( Figure 14 d ). Carbon dioxide concentration maxima w ere observed at appr oximately 5.1 cm. The observed maxima point to prevalent methane oxidization and respiration processes Saturated CO 2 concentra tion s (CO 2 +H 2 CO 3 ) in ambi ent water were calculated to vary between 10.2 and 10.4 mol/kg UMS results were in agreement with these values. Oxygen and carbon dioxide chemocline depths were closely coupled in time. The m ethane chemocline was poorly defined due to similar magnitudes of chemical signal s and measurement uncertainties Nitrogen argon ratio s do not appear to have a clearly defined chemocline. As carbon dioxide had the most distinct chemocl ine it was used for comparison with other environmental variables. Carbon dioxide chemocline data are plotted in Figure 15 along with CTD depth (a proxy for tidal height), absorbed photosynthetically active radiation (APAR) (a proxy for photosynthetic production), and


50 sediment interface depth relative to the probes initial reference position (a proxy for fine scale sediment ripple height). Figure 15 Carbon dioxide chemocli ne depth time series Chemocline depth (black) plotted with CTD depth (blue) representing the tidal height, APAR (red) representing light intensity, and the sediment interface depth (green), which is the distance between the probes starting position and the sediment interface. A multilinear regression was performed using standardized CTD depth, APAR and sediment interface data and standardized carbon dioxide chemocline depth as the independent variable APAR exhibited a relatively low contributing importance to the observed of chemocline depth with a beta coefficient, b equal to 0.26 T idal height exhibited a medium importance with b = 0.49, and sediment interface depth exhibited a relatively strong importance with b = 0. 64. This sug gests that the chemocline depth is predominantly regulated by movement of ripple crests and troughs. This is in agreement with observations (Precht et al., 2004) that changes in advective porewater exchange can be strongly correlated with changes in fine scale sediment topography Data indicate that


51 inflow of oxic water into ripple troughs aerates porewater while anoxic upwelling under ripple cre sts creates a very shallow chemocline. Conclusions S ediment porewater dissolved gas concentration s were successfully measured in situ over a 54 hr period in the South Atlantic Bight. Contours of d issolved gas concentrations vs. depth and time were produced for methane, nitrogen argon ratio, oxygen and carbon dioxide. Methane concentrations were near instrument detection limits but indicated the presence of meth an ogenic bacteria in the porewater and elevated concentrations in ambient sea water Elevated n itrogen argon ratios suggest that denitrification has a significant impact on porewater nutrient cycling. Concentration profiles for oxygen and carb on dioxide were closely coupled. S ubtle changes in chemocline depths were positive ly correla ted with sediment interface depth, suggesting that advective conditions are regulated by ripple topography. These underwater measurements which constitute the first in situ measurements of dissolved gas porewater profiles by a MIMS system, identify a nov el pathway for future in situ porewater analysis


52 Chapter 4 : In Situ Determination of Total Dissolved Inorganic Carbon by U nderwater M embrane Introduction Mass Spectrometry Abstract Procedures were developed for d etermination of total dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) in acidified seawater using an underwater mass spectrometer. Factors affecting the response of the membrane introduction mass spectrometer (MIMS) system were carefully examined in an effort to optimiz e calibration procedures and maintain the accuracy and precision required for oceanic carbon system determinations. Laboratory studies examined the following influences on MIMS measurements of DIC : bicarbonate and carbonate contributions to the MIMS CO 2 s ignal intensity, linearity of MIMS response to carbon dioxide concentration, and the influence of sample salinity on membrane permeability. Results indicate that (a) bicarbonate and carbonate contributions to carbon dioxide signal intensity were significa nt at slow flow rates, (b) MIMS response was linear to DIC within the concentration range of interest, (c) and salinity has an effect on membrane permeability that is influenced by hydr ostatic pressure. A short time series experiment was performed in Bayb oro Harbor, St Petersburg, FL to observe temporal variations in DIC.


53 Introduction In the absence of atmospheric/oceanic CO 2 exchange, the atmospheric partial pressure of carbon dioxide ( p CO 2 ) in 2004 would have been 55 ppm higher than observed values near 380 atm (Sabine et al., 2004) Although oceanic CO 2 uptake is beneficial with respect to removal of greenhouse CO 2 from the atmosphere t he eco logical societal and economic significance of high oceanic p CO 2 is not yet well understood (Doney et a l., 2009; Scholes et al., 2009) Facing the prospect of ocean acidification and dramatic climate change related decisions based on un reliable and incomplete data attempts are currently being made to improve the quality and extent of global ocean carbo n system observ ations (Monteiro et al., 2009) At present, inorganic carbon system species that are commonly measured using la boratory and shipboard m e thods include pH, alkalinity (A T ) dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) and carbon dioxide fugacity ( f CO 2 ) (Dickson and Goyet, 1994) Comprehensive inorganic carbon s ystem determinations can be obtained by measuring two or more system parameters (Millero, 2007) In order to minimize problems associated with shipboard and laboratory manual analysis it is desirable to supplement conventional sampling protocols with in situ sensing techniques. Accordingly, pH and f CO 2 sensors suited for in situ measurements are gaining acceptance in the oceanographic community (Lefvre et al., 1993; DeGrandpre et al., 1995; Martz et al., 2003; Liu et al., 2006) However, calculation of DIC and A T using pH f CO 2 as paired parameters produces uncertainties much larger than state of the art direct measurements (Millero, 2007) As


54 an alternative to paired pH and f CO 2 parameters in situ measurements of DIC or A T can be used to provide compatible analytical pairs: DIC plus either pH or f CO 2 and A T plus either pH or f CO 2 Consequently, efforts are currently being devoted to measure an expanded set of in situ parameters (Choi et al., 2002; Martz et al., 2006; Byrne and Yao, 2008; Sayles and Eck, 200 9) M embrane introduction mass spectrometers (MIMS) are effective in situ sensors for simultaneous determinations of a wide variety of volatile compounds including CO 2 (Bell et al., 2007; Schlter and Gentz, 2008; Camilli and Duryea, 2009) MI MS measurements are enabled by gas permeable membrane s usually polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), which allow diffusion of gases into a vacuum chamber. The use of MIMS dissolved CO 2 measurements plus potentiometric pH ha s been demonstrated in laboratory experiments that were focu sed on non destructive analysis of small bioreactor samples (Yang et al., 2003; Andersen et al., 200 5) The scale of oceanographic measurement, wherein sample volumes are negligible relative to that of the sampled medium allows for in situ acidification and direct measurements of DIC. The goal of this work is to understand phenomena that affect MIMS me asurements of CO 2 and DIC and thereby to provide comprehensive, accurate CO 2 system analysis with a single in situ instrument. To this end, the following questions were addressed in this work: 1) how do CO 2 system equilibria ( e.g. CO 2 + H 2 3 + H + ) affect the CO 2 signal intensity in c ircumneutral seawater solutions? 2) Is MIMS instrument response to dissolved CO 2 linear across the two order of magnitude CO 2 concentration range between circumneutral seawater s olutions and acidified seawater solutio ns ? 3) What is the effect of salinity on instrument response? 4) How do in situ


55 DIC measurements of natural solutions compare to those obtained using a standard discrete sampling technique? MIMS Carbon System Measurement Theory p CO 2 Equilibrium D issolved CO 2 concentration s in seawater sample s can be established by equilibration of seawater with calibrated gas mixtures at a specified temperature T and salinity S To avoid evaporative changes in sample salinity and temperature d ry gas can be h ydrated by passing the gas stream through water prior to equilibration with sample s The partial pressure of carbon dioxide in a hydrated gas, p CO 2 wet can be calculated from the vapor pressure of H 2 O in seawater p H 2 O, and the original carbon dioxide par tial pressure of the dry gas p CO 2 dry using eq 4 .1 4 .1 Water vapor pressure is calculated by methods outlined in Miller o et al. (1976) Using p CO 2 wet (expressed as a mole ratio) the carbon dioxide fugacity, f CO 2 (expressed in atmospheres) can then be calculated using the Virial equation (Weiss, 1974) expressed in terms of T and total pressure, p The solution concentration of carbon di oxide can then be calculated from The Henrys Law constant for CO 2 (eq 4 2 ) also given by Weiss (1974) as a function of T and S 4 2 CO 2 Solution Equilibrium Dissolved CO 2 react s with water to produce carbonic acid, H 2 CO 3 I t is analytically inconvenient to distinguish dissolved CO 2 from H 2 CO 3 Therefore they are combined to produce a single parameter CO 2 ( [CO 2 ] =


56 [CO 2 ] + [H 2 CO 3 ] ). C arbonic acid disso ciate s to produce bicarbonate, HCO 3 and carbonate, CO 3 2 (eq 4 3 and 4 4 ) to an extent that is dependent on solution pH In seawater, t he CO 2 system equilibrium constants, and are functionally dependent on S T and p I n this work and were taken from Mehrbach et al. (1973) parameterized on the total hydrogen ion scale by D ickson and Millero (1987) Calculations were performed using MATLAB script s written by the author that incorporate carbon system script s published by van Heuven et al. (2009) The total pH scale and molinity (mol kg soln 1 ) concentration units were used for carbon system calculations 4 3 4 4 DIC is defined as the sum of all the inorganic carbon species in solution ( [DIC] = [CO 2 ] + [HCO 3 ] + [CO 3 2 ] ). At a typical surface seawater pH near 8.1 at 25 C CO 2 constitutes less than 0.5% of DIC At pH 3 99.9 % of DIC is in the form of CO 2 Ther e fore DIC can be measured by acidifying seawater to a pH below 3.0, whereupon [ CO 2 ] can be determined by techniques including coulometry, manometry, spectroscopy and mass spectrometry (Johnson et al., 1993; Guenther et al., 1994; Salata et al., 2000; Byrne et al., 2002; Kaltin et al., 200 5) T he activity coefficient, of dissolved CO 2 in solution increases with ionic strength The solubility , of CO 2 is t herefore smaller in seawater tha n in freshwater ( i.e.


57 ). The dependence of CO 2 solubility on ionic strength , can be expressed in terms the Setschenow equation (eq 4 .5 ) (Randall and Failey, 1927; Weiss, 1970; Millero, 2000) 4 .5 w here is the salting in (negative) or salting out (positive) coefficient with respect to gas solubility. The ionic strength of s eawater can be simulated with NaCl solutions and related to salinity using eq 4 .6 (Dickson and Goyet, 1994) 4 .6 Relation of UMS Signal Intensities to Dissolved Gas Concentrations MIMS instrument response at a specified mass to charge ratio ( m/z ) is reported as ion current I m/z As a measure of instrumental background, I at m/z = 5 (i.e., I 5 ) is subtracted from all ion current measurements to account for UMS electronics syste m temperature fluctuation. As I 5 is negligible for N 2 O 2 Ar and CO 2 determinations, it is not explicitly included in following expressions. C alibration baselines , for gas G, were determined by measuring the sample matrix in the absence of analyte s This condition can be generated by either (a) sparging the solution with a gas, (b) sampling from the solution while it is vigorous ly boiling, or (c) degassing sample s that are in contact with the membrane interface under conditions of no flow (Bell et al., 2007) The analyte sensitivity parameter or slope, is determined by regression analysis of aqueous standards produced by either (a) equilibration of seawater with calibrated gas mixtures (b) certification of a large batch of s amples though conventional analysis or (c)


58 quantitative addition of reagents to a blank matrix Because the baseline intensity is directly determined with a blank measurement, best results are obtained by subtracting baseline values from all subsequent measurements and forcing calibration plot s through zero. As shown by Bell et al. (2007) membrane permeability to water and dissolved gases is affected by hydrostatic pressure. Since water is the primary contributor to baseline signal intensities (rsnes et al., 1997) analytical accuracy can be improved by the multiplying calibration baseline values by a water correction factor CF 17 calculated for each field measurem ent : 4 7 Where is the average ion current at m/z = 17 during calibration and is the ion current at m/z = 17 during field measurements. Thus UMS field measurements of the dissolved of gas concentrations, [ G ] meas can be related to instrument response ( I m/z ) using eq 4 .8 4 .8 The accuracy of MIMS measurements can occasionally be enhanced through use of an Ar correction factor. Saturated Ar concentrations in seawater can be calculated by measuring salinity and potential temperature and assuming the water sample came in to equilibrium with the atmosphere at the measured S and potential temperature (Pilson, 1998) Thus ratio s of saturated and UMS measured Ar concentration s [Ar] sat and [Ar] meas compensat e for changes in analyte sensitivity created by variability in instrument response (eq 4 .9 )


59 4 .9 Examples of parameters that influence instrument response include, temperature, hy drostatic pressure, salinity, and flow rate. By assuming that perturbations in Ar signal intensities are similar to those of other analytes instrument accuracy can be improve d significantly (Kana et al., 1994) Methods MIMS System The UMS system used i n this work is based on a previously published UMS design (Bell et al., 2007) that employs a temperature regulated flow through membrane introduction assembly and PDMS membrane Significant design modifications relative to the Bell et al. (2007) instrument i nclude the use of a single pressure vessel with all electrical and fluidic feedth r oughs on a single endcap, enabling easier acce ss inside the pressure vessel. T he roughing pump is currently mounted on vibrational dampeners and its exhaust (~90 % water vap or ) is scrubbed with desiccant I ndicating desiccant (Sigma Aldrich, St Louis, MO) becomes saturated only after months of continuous scrubbing T herefore long term deployments are feasible. Further design changes include replacement of fluidic tubing w ith 1/8 Hastelloy C tubing for additional inertness and use of a fluidic tee that allows two fluid streams to mix before passing over the membrane Additionally the sample pump was removed from the UMS pressure vessel During laboratory based experiments sample flow was provided by either an external pe ristaltic pump (Instech Laboratories, Plymouth Meeting, PA) or a n HPLC pump (Hitachi, Japan) D uring field experiment s sample flow was provided by a n underwater syringe pump.


60 Carbonate Contrib ution to CO 2 Signal Intensity To determine the e ffect of dissolved HCO 3 and CO 3 2 (and other seawa ter buffering compound s ) on the response of the MIMS instrument to CO 2 two 1 L seawater samples (S = 36.5 collected from the South Atlantic Bight) were equilibrated wit h a hydrated air mix ( 404 ppm p CO 2 dry ) for over 4 hours. One seawater sample was acidified with 1 mL of 6 M HCl, while the other retained its original alkalinity ( A T = 2390 mol/kg soln determined using the method of Yao et al. (1998) ) The two seawater samples and the MIMS assembly were submerged in a 35 C temperature bath depicted in Figure 16 Schematic I B oundary layer depletion intensity was varied by adjusting sample flow rat es between 0 and 16 mL/min during MIMS measurements. This experimental setup is designed to prevent thermally driven perturbations to carbon system equilibria as demonstrated by Guguen and Tortell (2008)


61 Figure 16 Schematics I, II, and III of laboratory based experiments. a Dry gas standard (shown in I III) b. Gas hydration cell (I, III) c. CO 2 scrubber (II) d. Sample (I III). e. Constant temperature bath (I III) f. Reagent addition syringe (II) g. HPLC pump (II III) h. MIMS Assembly (I III) i. Peristaltic pump (I) j. M ass Analyzer (I III). k. Pulse dampener (II III). l. Pressure gauge (II III). m. Back pressure regulator (II III). n. Sample exha ust (I III). MIMS DIC Linearity Experiment DIC standard solutions were generated by gravimetric additions of dried Na 2 CO 3 (Sigma Aldrich, St Louis, MO) to degassed


62 deionized water (analytical balance model P1 2250, Denver Instruments, Denver, CO) S ample s of deionized water (1 L) w ere purged of CO 2 using N 2 gas scrubbed with NaOH/CaO (Sigma Aldrich, St Louis, MO) The 1 L flask was then sealed with a Teflon stopper and the total water mass was determined using a calibrated top loading balance (A&D Weighing, S an Jose, CA) NaCl and Na 2 CO 3 (Sigma Aldrich, St Louis, MO) were used to generate solutions with ionic strengths of 0.67 m kg soln 1 and various DIC concentrations. The Na 2 CO 3 used for standardizations was stored at 150 C and added gravimetrically while still hot After complete dissolution of the Na 2 CO 3 t he resulting sample was partially submerged in a 14 C bath for 10 to 15 minutes allowing a thermocline to develop This ensur ed that any air contamination w ould not circul ate to the bottom of the sample where the solution was being sampled for MIMS analysis To prevent inflow of CO 2 into the alkaline standards t he head space above the solution was flushed with CO 2 free nitrogen gas. A 3.6 M HCl solution (Sigma Aldri ch, St Louis, MO) that had been purged with scrubbed nitrogen gas was injected into the sample stream using a syringe pump (Cole Parmer, Ver non Hills, IL) The sample flow rate was 4 mL/min and the mix ratio was 266:1 A dilution correction was applied t o the calculated DIC concentration to account for the acid addition. Th is experimental setup is depicted in Figure 16 Schematic I I. The MIMS assembly was maintained at 3 5 .0 C for one dataset and 30 C for another an d an HPLC pump plus a back pressure regulator were used to maintain hydrostatic pressure at 1 .27 atm absolute to reduce bubble formation that can result from increased gas tension at the MIMS assembly during acidification.


63 MIMS Response to Sample Salinity The experimental schematic depicted in Figure 16 schematic III represents the setup for determining the ef fect of ionic strength (and salinity) on membrane permeability This setup enables experiment s to be performed at elevated hydrostatic pressure NaCl solutions with ionic strengths equivalent to salinities of 0, 8, 16, 24, 3 2 and 36 were acidified to pH 2.2. A certified reference standard ( CRM #91 S = 33.4 ) provided by Dr. Andrew Dickson (La Jolla, California) was acidified to pH 2.2 All samples were then simultaneously equilibrated at 23. 5 C with a n air mixture containing 990 ppm p CO 2 dry and 1 % Ar f or a minimum of 30 minutes before sampling. Equilibration s continued through out the experiment. S olution s w ere generally analyzed three times at a hydrostatic pressure of 18 4 atm absolute and three times at 1 .27 atm absolute The MIM S assembly was main tained at 35 C. In Situ Deployment For demonstration of in situ capabilities the UMS was lowered 5.6 m to the seafloor of Bayboro Harbor (St Petersburg, FL). T he UMS was mounted on a deployment frame along with an underwater battery, conductivity temperature depth ( CTD ) sensor (RBR Ltd, Ottawa, Canada), and syringe pump system. Continuous power and communication were provided to the instrumentation from shore by a tether. Ethernet communication was routed to the internet allowing re mote data access and commands to the UMS A 100 m screen was affixed to the UMS sample inlet, 50 cm from the base of the deployment frame. During the field deployment, s ample flow was provided by the custom built syringe pump described in Chapter 3 However, t he pump was altered by replacing the sediment probe with a 1 mL syringe containing 3.6 M HCl for acidification of the sample


64 stream. This syringe was equipped with two check valves that enabled periodic replenishment of reagent from a 100 mL acid reservoir that was stored in two 60 mL syringes. Seawater flow rate at 1 mL/min and acid flow rate at 5 0 L/min creat ed a mix ing rati o o f 2 00:1. Polyurethane tubing () fixed to the UMS deployment frame immediately adjacent to the UMS inlet was eq uipped with a 100 mesh strainer. Harbor water was periodically drawn to shore through the tubing stored in 500 mL pyrex vessel s and poisoned with 0.2 mL HgCl 2 (Sigma Aldrich, St Louis, MO) The vessels were then sealed with a grease d stopper and taped closed. An air bubble (~ 4 mL ) in each vessel permitted temperature driven changes in sample volume without loss of sample The sam ples were stored in a dark, air conditioned location prior to total carbon analysis for comparison to in situ MIMS results. Discrete sample analysis was conducted coulometrically (CM5014, UIC Inc, Joliet, IL). Carrier gas scrubbed of CO 2 by a 40 % KOH solution was used to sparge a 20 mL sub sample that was acidified with two 2.5 mL aliquots of 2 N phosphoric acid. The carr ier gas was subsequently scrubbed for interfering gases wi th a 40 % KI solution and analyses were conducted in the coulometers titration cell. Samples were run in duplicate or triplicate Eight hour s of sample analy ses were preceded by a blank measuremen t. A CRM was analyzed after 4 hours and a second blank was analyzed at the end of 8 hours of analyses The CRM s were used to ensure measurement consistency and accuracy The UMS was also calibrated for DIC with a CRM For calibration of UMS Ar measurements, t wo samples of Bayboro Harbor water ( S = 32.4) were equilibrated


65 overnight in a constant temperature bath with two c alibrated gas mixtures (Airgas, Radnor, PA ) A blank was produced for both Ar and DIC by acidifying a sample of harbor water to pH 2.2, a nd equilibrating the sample with N 2 gas scrubbed with NaOH/CaO Results and Discussion Carbonate Contribution to CO 2 Signal Intensity Figure 17 shows CO 2 signal intensit ies obtained during analysis of acidified and un acidified seawater samples over a range of flow rate s At high flow rates, the closely comparable results obtained using acidified and unacidified samples suggest that the depleted boundary l ayer behavior at the membrane interface is very similar for the two types of samples Reductions in ion currents from both samples at low flow rates are attributable to CO 2 depletion in the boundary layer. Under low flow conditions, signal intensities ob tained with un acidified sample were systematically higher than those for the acidified sample. Further, t he ion currents declined to baseline levels within 10 minutes after sample flow was stopped (flow rate = 0 mL/min) only for the acidified sample This occurs due to complete degassing of CO 2 in the membrane boundary layer of the acidified sample In contrast, the ion currents observed using unacidified samples continued to slowly decrease for more than one hour. In this case, CO 2 was continuously replenished by production of CO 2 from HCO 3


66 Figure 17 I on current ( I 44 ) vs. sample flow rate. The difference between the un acidified sample (black line) and the acidified sample ( red ) demonstrates the influence of bicarbonate ions on carbon dioxide signal in tensity for the unacidified seawater Values are baseline subtracted Solid lines were interpolated using a non linear fit of the form I 44 = exp( a + b / x + c ln x ) where x is flow rate. I n circumneutr al solutions 2 from the membrane/solution boundary layer results in CO 2 replenishment from the reaction H + + HCO 3 CO 2 + H 2 O. A t a given flow rate, the extent of replenishment will be determined by a sample s buffering intensity and bicarbonate concentration At slow flow rates this distinction between the behavior of acidified and unacidified solutions confounds comparisons of CO 2 measurements obtained at different pH or A T For measurements at low flow rates CO 2 c alibrations must be obtained using media that are ch emically similar to the expected measurement medium. At high flow rate s CO 2 replenishment at the membrane boundary layer is not detectable and CO 2 system kinetics (e.g. H + + HCO 3 CO 2 + H 2 O) are unimportant. At high flow rates CO 2 calibrations appropriate to circumneutral seawater can be obtained using acidified standards (e.g. Na 2 CO 3 standards acidified inline ). This is important because preservation issues make the use of CO 2 standards in c ircumneutral seawater problematic.


67 Although carbon system perturbations that result from boundary layer depletion in circumneutral seawater can be minimized through the use of high flow rates, perturbations that result from changes in sample temperature (i n situ vs. measured) remain an inherent aspect of UMS analysis. In laboratory work carbon system the rmal effects can be eliminated b y maintaining identical membrane tempe ratures and sample temperatures In the field, thermal effects can be significant w hen in situ temperatures are variable. Guguen and Tortell (2008) showed that carbon system re equilibrations due to sample temperature perturbations can be addressed through thermodynamic calculations The CO2SYS software of and Lewis and Wallace (1998) can be used to compensate for th is type of thermal perturbation Though this effect can be minimized by exposing the MIMS membrane to the ambient water during deployment, thermal latency and the influence of temperature on membrane permeability must then be taken into account (Camilli and Duryea, 2009) MIMS DIC Linearity Experiment High p CO 2 in compressed gaseous samples can swell PDMS membranes (Royer et al., 1999; Watson and Payne, 1990) Although su ch effects should be small over the range of CO 2 concentrations encountered in analysis of acidified and unacidified natural seawater, it is prudent to assess the linearity of instrument response to CO 2 over the relevant range of conditions Results obta ined through online acidification of Na 2 CO 3 DIC standards (see Figure 16 III) are shown in Figure 18 a. Data sets were collected using membrane temperatures of 30 C (black circles) and 35 C (red squares ). A baseline measurement was subtracted from all subsequent measurements and the calibration plot was forced through zero Figure 18 b shows the resulting residuals. T he skewed distribution of the residuals is suggestive of a


68 quadratic component in the data. As such, Figure 19 a shows the same data set, also baseline subtracted but fit with a quadratic expression (i.e. DIC = 1 I 44 + 2 I 44 2 ) The r esiduals shown in Figure 19 b exhibit a normal distribution and a significantly improved root mean squared error (RMSE) for the 30 C dataset relative to the linear fit. The RMSE did not improve for the 35 C dataset indi cating the quadratic fit did not improve the fit as much as would be expected given the reduced degree of freedom. As such, it is presently unclear if the quadratic fit is a better model Future calibrations should provide additional clarity. Figure 18 Linear c alibration plot s using Na 2 CO 3 standards acidified inline. Samples represented by black circles were collected using a membrane temperature of 30 C and red squares represent data collected using a membrane temperature of 35 C Data were baseline subtracted, and the linear regression was forced through zero. a) DIC vs. ion current and b) residuals vs. ion current


69 Figure 19 Quadratic c alibration plots using Na 2 CO 3 standards acidified inline. Samples represented by black circles were collected using a membrane temperature of 30 C and red squares represent data collected using a membrane temperature of 35 C Data were baseline subtracted and fit with a quadratic expression. a) DIC vs. ion current and b) residuals vs. ion current. MIMS Response to Sample Salinity Figure 20 shows the results of experiments in which a cidi fied solutions were equilibrated with a calibrated Ar and CO 2 gas mixture and measured with the UMS over a range of ionic strength. As a result of the salting out effect (Weiss, 1974; Millero, 2000) samples bubbled with a given gas mixt ure hav e identical fugacities (i.e f Ar and f CO 2 ) but different concentrations (i e [Ar] and [ CO 2 ] ). The ratio of gas phase and solution phase concentration s at a given ionic strength can be described by gas solubility constants via the Setschenow equation (eq 4 .5 ) Expected equilibrium dissolved gas concentrations in Figure 20 are shown in


70 black. The ratio of gas fugacity in pure water to gas fugacity in NaCl solution is equal to one for all ionic strengths and as a horizontal line, is not plotted The ratio of instrument response in pure water ( G I 0 ) to the r esponse in NaCl solution ( G I sw ) is shown with 68% confidence intervals ( red for analysis at 1.27 atm, and in blue for analysis at 184 atm ) MIMS data were fit with the Setschenow equation. The instrument responses shown in Figure 20 are intermediate to the expected responses for concentration and fugacity. For both gases it is also observed that increased hydrostatic pressure shifts observed responses to ward improved concordance wi th the response based on fugacity. Figure 20 I on current and sample concentration vs. salinity. Calculated gas concentrations for argon and carbon dioxide are plotted against salinity in black Ion currents against salinity are presented in red ( 1 .27 atm absolute ) and blue (18 4 atm absolute ). Relative g as fugacity is constant (unity) for all salinities. Arrow s indicate data obtained from CRM analyses. G ood agreement was shown between the CR M and NaCl solutions indicating NaCl solutions and natural seawater with identical ionic strength produced comparable results MIMS instrument response is regulated by membrane permeability and can be described by a solution diffusion mechanism (LaPack et al., 1990) This mechanism assumes t hat partition coefficient s K can be used to describe the chemical equilibria of dissolved gase s between the liquid phase and the polymer phase. If it is assumed that


71 changing instrument response with salinity is a result of a changing membrane partition coefficient s and the Setschenow equation adequately describes this change, the n salting coeffic ients can be determined using eq 4.10 w here K 0 is the membrane partition coefficient in pure water K sw is the membrane coefficient in NaCl solution or seawater and k K is the corresponding membrane salting coefficient. Experimental data are given in Appendix 2 and t he resulting salting coefficients are shown in Table 5 4.10 Table 5 Salting coefficients at 35 C Membrane salting coefficients, k K are presented with 95% confidence intervals. Gas solubility salting coefficients , are also listed Gas k K (1.27 atm) (kg H 2 O mol 1 ) k K (184 atm) (kg H 2 O mol 1 ) Concentration (kg H 2 O mol 1 ) Fugacity Ar 0.19 0.02 0.065 0.006 0.32 0 CO 2 0.09 0.01 0.03 0.01 0.26 0 These data suggest that gas pervaporation is dri ven by two transport mechanisms one proportional to concentration, the other proportional to fugacity, and the ratio between the two mechanisms is dependent on hydrostatic pressure. At near atmospheric pressure Ar transport through the membrane is 59% concentration dependent and 41% fu gacity dependent. At 184 atm, Ar flux is 21% concentration dependent and 79% fugacity dependent. Similarly, at atmospheric pressure, carbon dioxide flux through the membrane is 35% concentration dependent and 65% fugacity dependent, and at 184 atm flux i s 11% concentration dependent and 89% fugacity dependent.


72 Equilibration based sensors that employ semi permeable membranes are responsive to gas fugacities (DeGrandpre et al., 1995; Gouin et al., 1997) A side from response time, membrane transport behavior in these instruments is not relevant to sensor calibration MIMS operat ion is base d on measurement of fluxes Gas concentration s on one side of the membrane are negligible compared to those on the other, and gas fluxes across the membrane are driven by diffusion (Hoch and Kok, 1963) This produces rapid response times and instrument response s that are proportional to membrane permeability. Prior publications do not provide a definitive account of th e e ffect of salinity on MIM S instrument response For example, Kasthurikrishnan and Cooks (1995) employing PDMS and microporous Teflon membranes provided data indicating that instrument response to volatile organic compounds can be proportional to concentration independent of matrix affects and salinity variations The MIMS analyses of Kana et al. (1994) also showed gas transport data (PDMS membrane, O 2 N 2 Ar) that were proportional to dissolved gas concentrations. However, the observed instrument response s to c hanges in salinity between of 0 and 36 in the work of Kana et al. (1994) had a systematic deviation from th e expected conc entration based response by about 5%. This observation and the results shown in Figure 20 suggest that gas transport through PDMS membrane s may be more complicated t han has been previously supposed. Further the work of de Vos Petersen et al. (2004) showed that salinity exerted a strong influence on instrument response to methyl branched aldehydes In support of the observations shown in Figure 20 the observations of de Vos Petersen et al. (2004) indicate that some portion of the transport behavior of PDMS membranes is proportional to analyte fugacity rather than analyte concentration


73 Use of Standard Reference Materials in MIMS Analysis. Procedures for producing reliable Na 2 CO 3 standards for DIC determinations are inconvenient for shipboard use Consequently CRMs have become a widely used to ensure the reliability of carbon system data (Lamb et al., 2001) These reference standards, composed using Pacific Ocean seawater, generally have salinities between 3 3 and 34. If CRMs are used for calibration, salinity correction factors ( ) are needed for samples that have a range of salinities Using eqs 4.11 and 4 .6 the ion current for a given gas, G I at a given hydrostatic pressure can be corrected to account for variations in salinity to yield G I co nc which is the ion current expressed proportional ly to gas concentration. 4.11 If the instrument is calibrated using standards with salinit ies approximately equal to the salinity of each field sample, the correction term s (e.g. for the calibration standards and for the field samples) will cancel and salinity corrections are negligible. However, as a n example, if the difference between standard and sample salinities varies by 10 units, the resulting fugacity correction factor will be 0.97 f or carbon dioxide. As such this is a substantial effect that must be considered. Since the salinity correction factors must be applied to both argon and carbon dioxide signal intensities and the magnitude of each correction is similar, it may be appropriate to obtain salinity corrections simply by normalizing with the argon signal ( eq 4 .9 ). Thi s correction also account s for variations in signal intensity that result from changes in membrane temperature, hydrostatic p ressure, and membrane conditions In t his case it is assumed that each parameter affects carbon dioxide and argon signal intensities equally. B est results from this method would be obtained using standards


74 containing known concentrations of both Ar and DIC in order to as to produce simultaneous Ar and DIC calibrations. M easurement errors attributed to fluctuating analysis conditions (as listed above) will then largely cancel Similarly, field measurement of Ar and DIC should be concurrent At present, a means of producing ( or certifying) standards for concurrent measurements of Ar and DIC concentrations has not been identified. P redictions of oceanic Ar concentrations can be made based on solubility behavior (Pilson, 1998) H owever Ar concentrations in seawater are influenced by a number of non thermodynamic processes (e.g. bubble injection, thermal perturbation or bubble exchange (Leifer and Patro, 2002; Emerson and Hedges, 2008) ). Under these circumstances corrections using Ar normalizations wo uld not appropriately account for all process es that influence the comparative transport behavior of Ar and CO 2 As such, direct corrections for salinity (eq 4.11 ) an d pressure ( Chapter 2 eq 2.7 ) would be required. In Situ Deployment DIC data were collected in Baybor o harbor over a period of 68 hours, and samples were drawn periodically for coulometric DIC analysis ( Figure 21 ). Since the salinity of the CRM used for UMS calibration was within one unit of the in situ water being analyzed S and the UMS depth was less than s ix meters, pressure and salinity correction factors were very small. However, UMS results were in poor agreement with coulometry data until the Ar correction method was applied (eq 4 .9 ). The magnitude of the offset between the UMS and coulometry DIC analyses, even with Ar normalization, points to the need for improved UMS accuracy. Observations of seawater density (calculated from temperature and salinity) demonstrate


75 the existence of high frequency changes in water conditions that are not res olve d by either the discrete coloumetric data or the in situ UMS data. A diurnal trend is n ot observed in either the MIMS DIC data or the coulometric DIC data. Nor did a severe rain event that occurred on the evening of 05/17/09 produce an observable DIC response Figure 21 DIC as measured by the UMS and by coulometry. The black line represents DIC collected via UMS and t he blue squares represent discrete coulometric samples with 95% c onfidence interval s Red data represent seawater density. The mean absolute error bet ween the in situ UMS data and discrete coulometric data is 43 mol/kg soln. It was expected that the hydrostatic pressure at ~6 m depth would preclude gas supersaturation and bubble formation subsequent to acidification at 35 C. However, sudden spurious changes in MIMS ion currents indicated the formation o f bubbles in the sample line. Consequently, t he routine controlling the syringe pump was modified in situ : the continuous pumping protocol was changed to a discrete sampling protocol that included a f lushing stage. Sample s w ere drawn at 7 mL/min for 30 seconds with a corresponding increase in acid flow to flush the system of bubbles, and then flow was set to 1 mL/min for 28 minutes during analysis. Data were collected 5 to 10 minutes after


76 the flush, allowing time for the membrane temperature to stabilize after the sudden changes in flow rate. The occurrence of bubble s in the sample line is attributed to negative head pressure produced by drawing (instead of pushing ) the sample through the MIMS assembly. A s a result of the described problems with bubbles analytical accuracy and sampling frequency did not m atch the measurement capabilities that had been demo nstrated in the laboratory. Future work will focus on improvement of field DIC accu racy through modification s to the sampling methodology, and through periodic sampling of an in situ standard. It would also be advantageous for future deployments to occur at depth s on the order of ten to more meters Conclusions Determinations of DIC by MIMS were found to be largely linear over a wide range of concentration s. However, measurement accuracy was somewhat improved by inclusion of a very small quadratic term C ontribution s to CO 2 signal intensity from HCO 3 and CO 3 2 occurred at low flow rates This effect, which resulted from depleted boundary layer conditions, was virtually undetectable at higher sample flow rates. Flow rate e ffect s thus need to be taken into consideration when MIMS instruments are calibrated for p CO 2 measurement s. MIMS response to CO 2 and Ar is dependent on salinity, and the extent of the salinity dependence is affected by hydrostatic pressure. The effect of salinity on MIMS response can be modeled by calibration over a wide range of salinities or alternativel y, minimized through use of Ar normalization. Although additional work is needed before MIMS instruments are capable of examining the marine CO 2 system with state of the art accuracy and precision, the ability


77 to make simultaneous measurements of p CO 2 DIC and other important marine analytes (i.e. CH 4 N 2 O 2 H 2 S, Total Sulfide, Ar and DMS) makes the UMS a uniquely capable instrument Simultaneous detection of these analytes using a single in situ sensor provides a novel approach toward comprehensive understand ing of the biogeochemical processes that regulate our oceans.


78 Sum mary Sustained o cean observations with high spatial and temporal resolution require robust in situ instrumentation To meet the requirements of modern research quantificati on procedures and performance of in situ instruments must be carefully documented As such, the behavior of underwater membrane introduction mass spectrometers developed at the University of South Florida and SRI International were characterized with resp ect to the influences of sample hydrostatic pressure, salinity, flow rate, and chemistry These characterizations enabled the collection of quantified dissolved gas profiles in the Gulf of Mexico to depths of 500 m. Development of a sediment probe/ syringe pump system enabled repeated analysis of sediment porewater dissolved gas concentration profiles at 2 7 m depth in the South Atlantic Bight over a 54 hour period. Further b roadening the applications of underwater membrane introduction mass spectrom eter systems, measurements of total dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC) were demonstrated by means of inline sample acidification. DIC measurements of acidified seawater in conjunction with CO 2 measurements in unacidified seawater allow comprehensive determi nation s of the marine carbon system using two compatible carbon system variables with a single instrument The measurements described in this dissertation constitute the first quantitative observations of dissolved gas ocean profiles, sediment porewater p rofiles, and DIC measurements by underwater mass spectrometry.


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91 Appendix 1 : Instrument Specifications Table 6 Underwater mass spectrometer s ystem specifications. Parameter Specification Mass Analyzer Type Linear Quadrupole Mass Filter Mass Range 1 200 amu Inlet System Membrane Introduction (PDMS) Power Consumption ~100 Watts Operation Voltage 24 VDC or 120 VAC Maximum Deployment Time 10 14 Days (exhaust limited) Dimensions Diameter 19 cm, Length 114 cm Weight 33 kg Depth Capability 1000 m (extendable to >2000 m) Figure 22 System level image of the underwater mass spectrometer

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92 Appendix 2 : Instrument Response to Salinity Raw instrumental data corresponding to instrument response with respect to salinity is shown in Figure 20 Triplicate subsamples obtained at 1.27 atm absolute and 184 atm absolute hydrostatic pressure show changes in gas fluxes with changing ionic strength (). Samples had identical fugacities that were generated by equilibrating NaCl solutions with a known gas mixture at a constant temperature. Dissolved gas concentrations can be calculated for comparison using the solubility equations of Weiss (1974) and Hamme and Emerson (2004) Samples were acidified to pH = 2, sample temperatures were 23.5 C and membrane temperature was 35.0 C. The gas mixture contained 990 ppm p CO 2 dry and 1% Ar. Table 7 Baseline subtracted ion current data f or argon ( I 40 ) and carbon dioxide ( I 44 ). (mol/kg H 2 O) I 40 (nA) 1.27 atm I 40 (nA) 184 atm I 44 (nA) 1.27 atm I 44 (nA) 184 atm 0.0 3.17 3. 10 3. 11 0.60 0 0. 598 0. 599 3.1 6 3.1 6 3. 12 0.451 0.45 6 0.45 7 0.16 3.1 1 3.09, 3.05 0.5 87 0.59 1 0.59 3 3.18, 3.14 3.13 0.4 44 0.45 3 0.4 56 0.32 3. 10 3.00, 2.97 0.58 3 0. 597 0.59 1 3.1 5 3.1 1 3.0 8 0.44 4 0.4 55 0.46 5 0.48 2. 89 3.00, 2.8 7 0.58 2 0.58 6 0.5 78 3.0 3 3.10, 3.0 4 0.4 48 0.4 47 0.4 50 0.64 2.80, 2.7 7 0.57 0 0.5 77 0.57 4 3.0 3 2.9 9 0.43 2, 0.449 0.45 4 0.67(CRM) 2.80, 2.76, 2.79 0.57 3 0.57 5 0 57 1 2.98, 2.98, 2.97 0.44 5 0.45 0 0.44 3 0.72 2.7 3 2.7 2 2.7 8 0.57 3 0.57 4 0.56 8 2.9 5 2.9 6 3.0 2 0.44 5 0.45 3 0.45 1

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About the Author Ryan Bell received a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry and Oceanography at the University of British Columbia in 2002. The first two years there Ryan focused on Geology and Earth Sciences. Ryan fondly remembers spending his summer months in nor thern British Columbia planting trees. In 2002 Ryan moved to St. Petersburg, FL to begin his Master s in Marine Science at the University of South Florida. Enjoying his project developing underwater mass spectr ometers, he soon entered the Ph D program. His first two years Ryan was financially supported by the von Rosenstiel Fellowship and the C.W. Bill Young Fellowship. Thereafter financial support came by way of employment by the University of South Floridas Center for Ocean Technology and SRI Inte rnational. Working at these institutes has afforded Ryan many positiv e professional opportunities such as cruises, conferences, publications and workshop s.


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