Ionicon advances pollution monitoring | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 26 | pp. 12-13 | Concentrates
Issue Date: June 27, 2016

Ionicon advances pollution monitoring

Department: Business
Keywords: instrumentation, pollution, mass spectrometry, trace gas measurement
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The smog layer above Seoul, South Korea.
Credit: Armin Wisthaler
 A view of smog over Seoul, South Korea, from an airplane window.
 
The smog layer above Seoul, South Korea.
Credit: Armin Wisthaler

To measure air pollution over South Korea, a NASA laboratory aboard a DC-8 recently carried proton-transfer-reaction mass spectrometry instruments from the Austrian trace-gas measurement specialist Ionicon. Scientists from the University of Innsbruck and Korea’s National Institute of Environmental Research will use data from the instruments to help improve satellite-based air quality monitoring. NASA is leading the effort, which will ultimately send satellites over the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

 
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