Articles | Volume 13, issue 9
Research article
18 Sep 2020
Research article |  | 18 Sep 2020

A new approach for measuring the carbon and oxygen content of atmospherically relevant compounds and mixtures

James F. Hurley, Nathan M. Kreisberg, Braden Stump, Chenyang Bi, Purushottam Kumar, Susanne V. Hering, Pat Keady, and Gabriel Isaacman-VanWertz


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AR by James Hurley on behalf of the Authors (21 Jun 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (02 Jul 2020) by Bin Yuan
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (30 Jul 2020)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (07 Aug 2020) by Bin Yuan
AR by James Hurley on behalf of the Authors (11 Aug 2020)  Author's response   Manuscript 
Short summary
The chemical composition of aerosols has implications for human and ecosystem health. Current methods for determining chemical composition are expensive and require highly trained personnel. Our method is promising for moderate-cost, low-maintenance measurements of oxygen / carbon ratios, a key chemical parameter, and other elements may also be studied. In this work, we coupled two commonly used detectors to assess O / C ratios in a variety of compounds and mixtures within an acceptable error.