Determination of trace elements in urban airborne particulates (PM10) using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) spectroscopy

Elom, Nwabueze, Deary, Michael and Dean, John (2014) Determination of trace elements in urban airborne particulates (PM10) using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (EDXRF) spectroscopy. Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management, 18 (4). pp. 609-612. ISSN 1119-8362

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: assessment of the air quality in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK was performed by determining the trace element content in airborne particulates (PM10). Samples were collected over a 12 month period (March 2011 to April 2012) using two high volume air sampler provided with a PM10 size selective inlet. The concentrations of 6 elements (Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb and Zn) were determined. The mean concentrations of these elements varied widely across the elements with Zn showing the highest concentration (41.3 ± 42.8 ng/m3; ranging from 9.9 – 209.0 ng/m3) and Cr the least concentration (1.7 ± 0.9 ng/m3; ranging from 0.4 – 3.2 ng/m3). The total elemental content obtained in this work was compared with regulatory limit values for 4 of the elements determined and it was discovered that none exceeded the limit values.

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Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
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Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 21 Jan 2015 14:34
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 17:12
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21197

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