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Web Date: June 25, 2010

New Analytical Method Probes Harmful Organic Aerosols

Atmospheric Chemistry: Researchers demonstrate a fast, powerful mass spectrometry technique to monitor secondary organic aerosols
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Environmental SCENE, Analytical SCENE
Keywords: ambient air, secondary organic aerosols, atmospheric solids analysis probe mass spectrometry

Organic aerosols, a form of air pollution, can harm people's lungs, cause haze, and change climate. Now researchers have applied a new mass spectroscopy method to chemically analyze these airborne particles more rapidly than previous methods (Anal. Chem., DOI 10.1021/ac101028j).

Chemicals from pollution such as truck exhaust or from natural sources such as trees can react in the air to . . .

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