Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry and University Honors
James F. Pankow
Atmospheric aerosols -- Analysis, Tobacco smoke -- Analysis, Cations -- Measurement, Anions -- Measurement
Air pollution, especially particulate matter, is a widespread environmental and public health risk. In this work, a method has been developed to separate, resolve, and quantitate monovalent anionic and cationic organic acids in aerosol particulate matter through ion chromatography (IC). The standard samples were analyzed on a Dionex ICS-5000 Ion Chromatography System with suppressed conductivity detection, and calibration curves for all analytes were created. A preliminary tobacco smoke sample was also analyzed. This method may be applied to the analysis of atmospheric particulate matter, as well as tobacco smoke particulate matter, in order to determine and quantitate primary anions and cations.
Karpinski, Clarissa D., "Development and Initial Application of Low-Molecular Weight Organic Acids and Inorganic Ionic Species in Aerosol Particulate Matter via Ion Chromatography" (2015). University Honors Theses. Paper 165.