CHARACTERIZATION OF AIRBORNE PARTICLES AND SOURCE IDENTIFICATION USING SEM/EDS

Silvana Mico, Eleni Tsaousi, Antoneta Deda, Philippos Pomonis

Abstract


Samples of particulate matter were collected during the winter season from the urban area of Tirana, Albania. Qualitative analyses of particulate matter were performed using Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) coupled with high Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer (EDS). Based on chemical analysis and their morphology (the size and shape of particles) the most abundant groups in all sampling days were aluminosilicates (fly ash and soil particles), calcium rich and carbonaceous particles. Air mass trajectories show the presence of Saharan dust during 80% of sampling days.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17628/ecb.2015.4.224-229

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