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Breathborne Biomarkers and the Human Volatilome - 2nd Edition - ISBN: 9780128199671, 9780128223970

Breathborne Biomarkers and the Human Volatilome

2nd Edition

Editors: Jonathan Beauchamp Cristina Davis Joachim Pleil
Paperback ISBN: 9780128199671
eBook ISBN: 9780128223970
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 6th June 2020
Page Count: 722
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Breathborne biomarkers carry information on the state of human health, and their role in aiding clinical diagnosis or in therapeutic monitoring has become increasingly important as advances in the field are made. Breathborne Biomarkers and the Human Volatilome, Second Edition, provides a comprehensive update and reworking of the 2013 book Volatile Biomarkers, by Anton Amann and David Smith. The new editing team has expanded this edition beyond volatile organic compounds to cover the broad field of breath analysis, including the many exciting developments that have occurred since the first edition was published. This thoroughly revised volume includes the latest discoveries and applications in breath research from the world's foremost scientists, and offers insights into related future developments. It is an ideal resource for researchers, scientists, and clinicians with an interest in breath analysis.

Key Features

  • Presents recent advances in the field of breath analysis
  • Includes an extensive overview of established biomarkers, detection tools, disease targets, specific applications, data analytics, and study design
  • Offers a broad treatise of each topic, from basic concepts to a comprehensive review of discoveries, current consensus of understanding, and prospective future developments
  • Acts as both a primer for beginners and a reference for seasoned researchers


Chemists, biochemists, cell biologists, physiologists, and clinicians with an interest in breath analysis; developers and suppliers of analytical instrumentation suitable for breath analysis, researchers in metabolomics and volatolomics

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Dedication
  • Preface

PART A: Concepts and modeling
1. Breath biomakers and the exposome
2. Breath sampling and standardization
3. Physiological modeling of exhaled compounds
4. Exhaled nitric oxide physiology and modeling

PART B: Inorganics and non-volatiles
5. Exhaled nitric oxide in clinical practice
6. Exhaled carbon monoxide
7. Exhaled breath condensate and aerosol
8. Exhaled particles

PART C: Analytics
9. Selected ion flow tube mass spectrometry
10. Proton transfer reactionmass spectrometry
11. Ion mobility spectrometry
12. Secondary electrospray ionization
13. Sensor systems
14. Optical spectroscopy
15. Comprehensive gas chromatography-mass spectrometry
16. High-resolution mass spectrometry

PART D: Breath tests
17. 13C breath tests
18. Breath monitoring in the intensive care unit
19. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and smokers
20. Clinical phenotyping
21. Breath analysis for respiratory infections
22. Volatile biomarkers of malaria infection
23. Lifestyle applications

PART E: Beyond human breath
24. Biomarkers in urine and stool
25. Volatile emissions from skin
26. Cell cultures as in vitro models for breath research
27. Ruminants
28. Breath analysis in marine mammals

PART F: Field applications
29. Breath analysis in law enforcement
30. Drugs in breath
31. Urban search and rescue
32. Breath analysis in occupational medicine
33. Breath biomarkers in human xenobiotic exposure studies
34. Canine olfaction

PART G: Design and interpretation
35. Clinical study design
36. Challenges in clinical breath research development
37. Mathematical interpretation of targeted volatilome data
38. Preprocessing and analysis of volatilome data
39. Applications of the US EPA CompTox Chemicals Dashboard to support mass spectrometry and breath research


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About the Editors

Jonathan Beauchamp

Jonathan Beauchamp is manager of the Emissions Analytics and Diagnostics group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV in Freising, Germany. He has been involved in academic and industrial breath research for the past 15 years and is currently principal investigator in several breath-related projects. He is an active member and current treasurer of the International Association of Breath Research (IABR).

Affiliations and Expertise

Manager, Emissions Analytics and Diagnostics group, Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Freising, Germany

Cristina Davis

Cristina Davis is chair and professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the University of California Davis, United States. Her research focuses on development of novel chemical and biological sensor systems and biomarker identification in agriculture and human/animal health monitoring. She has 12 issued patents and has coauthored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. She is current chair-elect of IABR.

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair and professor, Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA, United States

Joachim Pleil

Joachim Pleil is adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina, School of Public Health, United States. He has published over 150 journal articles, many involving breath biomarker research and statistical interpretation of breath-based data. He has retired from US Environmental Protection Agency after 32 years as a research scientist. He is currently a consultant for NASA on a pilot breathing assessment project and is a founding member of IABR.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, United States

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