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AMT | Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1659–1671, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1659-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 12, 1659–1671, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-12-1659-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

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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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.
Analysis of the elemental composition of organic mixtures can provide insights into the sources...
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