Special Issue "Chemical Analysis and Source Apportionment of Atmospheric Particulate Matter"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Air Quality".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 September 2023 | Viewed by 200

Special Issue Editors

Department of Environment and Planning, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies, University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: air quality; chromatographic techniques; organic and inorganic composition of atmospheric particulate matter; source apportionment; toxicity
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1. Department of Physics, IMARENAB University of León, 24071 León, Spain
2. Department of Environment and Planning, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, 3810-193 Aveiro, Portugal
Interests: air quality; aerosols; emissions; human exposure; organic/inorganic tracers; toxicity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Ambient air pollution has been recognised as carcinogenic to humans, with particulate matter (PM) affecting more people than any other pollutant. Airborne PM, also known as aerosol, can also have deleterious effects on ecosystems, especially when it comprises potentially toxic elements and organic compounds. In addition, particles are known to have direct and indirect climate effects, with the impact and toxicity of atmospheric PM related not only to the composition and size distribution of the PM, but also to its shape, surface properties, and chemical heterogeneity. A wide range of instruments are available for both the offline and online analysis of aerosols. It is of great importance to carry out characterisation and source apportionment studies to identify and quantify the potential contributors to the atmospheric PM and to better understand its effects on the climate, the environment, and health. It is expected that results from such studies will help policymakers devise effective emission control and abatement strategies for PM pollution and its associated health risks.

Submissions of reviews, original research articles, and case studies targeting any of the topics listed below or other novel research questions are welcome. 

Dr. Célia Alves
Dr. Estela Vicente
Guest Editors

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  • the optimization of extraction, digestion, and clean-up techniques
  • the application of optical, thermo-optical, and geochemical techniques
  • inorganic analysis (ion chromatography, PIXE, NAA, XRF, ICP-MS, etc.)
  • organic analysis (GC-MS, GCxGC-MS, HPLC, UHPLC-MS, HPAEC, etc.)
  • online aerosol mass spectrometry
  • single-particle analysis of atmospheric aerosols (SEM-EDX, MRS, HRTEM, XPS, Nano SIMS, TOF-SIMS, XAFS, XANES, EELS, PIXE, SP-ICPMS, LMMS, ATOFMS, LIBS, or AMS)
  • isotopic analysis for source tracing
  • source apportionment techniques such as PMF and CMB

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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