Analysis of size-segregated aerosol-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with high time resolution using two-step laser mass spectrometry

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Author(s) Emmenegger, Christian, Kalberer, Markus, Samburova, Vera, Zenobi, Renato
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Title Analysis of size-segregated aerosol-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with high time resolution using two-step laser mass spectrometry
Author(s) Emmenegger, Christian
Kalberer, Markus
Samburova, Vera
Zenobi, Renato
Journal or Series Title The analyst
Volume Number 129
Issue Number 5
Start Page 416
End Page 420
ISSN 0003-2654
1364-5528
Publisher The Royal Society of Chemistry
Publication Place Cambridge
Publication Date 2004
Abstract Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are known for their mutagenic and carcinogenic properties. They are mainly emitted into the atmosphere by anthropogenic, incomplete combustion sources. Their trends over the course of a day are of interest in air quality management. A new combination of methods has been developed for the qualitative monitoring of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient aerosols with high time and size resolution. This has been accomplished by combining sampling with a rotating drum impactor and the analysis two-step laser mass spectrometry (L2MS). A validation for this method was carried out. Essential features of these combined techniques are (i) continuous, automatic sampling and (ii) selective as well as sensitive analysis due to the low detection limits which can be achieved with the L2MS analysis instrument. Analysis of a field sample taken in downtown Zurich, Switzerland, underlines the usefulness of this combined method, for example for following diurnal cycles of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
DOI 10.1039/b401201a
Additional Notes Received 26 January 2004, Accepted 9 March 2004, First published on the web 22 March 2004
Document Type Article
Publication Status Published
Language English
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  title = "{A}nalysis of size-segregated aerosol-bound polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons with high time resolution using two-step laser mass spectrometry",
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