Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1659–1671, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1659-2019
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1659–1671, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1659-2019

Research article 14 Mar 2019

Research article | 14 Mar 2019

Ultrasonic nebulization for the elemental analysis of microgram-level samples with offline aerosol mass spectrometry

Rachel E. O'Brien et al.

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Short summary
Analysis of the elemental composition of organic mixtures can provide insights into the sources and aging of environmental samples. Here we describe a method that allows characterization of this type of material using micrograms of material by a combination of a small-volume ultrasonic nebulizer and an aerosol mass spectrometer. This technique enables rapid analysis of complex organic mixtures using approximately an order of magnitude less sample than standard analyses.