Aging effects in analysis of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon aerosols

Valery Bulatov, Vladimir V. Gridin, Michal Fisher, Chanan Sluszny, Israel Schechter*

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Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) aerosols undergo time-dependent processes such as various aging effects and material loss due to sublimation. Therefore, when their analysis is delayed, the results may not properly represent the true environmental composition as sampled. Moreover, even when fast analysis is performed, one may still be interested in the initial concentration of these aerosols, at the moment of their formation. In both cases, a characterization of the time dependence of aerosol mass losses and other possible modifications is of interest. In this study we monitored these time-dependent processes for three different PAH aerosol particulates (anthracene, perylene, and pyrene). We applied two experimental techniques: Fourier transform spectral imaging microscopy (FT-SIM) and traditional HPLC analysis. The former provided a full fluorescence spectrum at each pixel of the particulate, as well as PAH identification and quantification. The chemical imaging information was also used for morphological characterization of the PAH aerosols, which was applied for developing of a simple mathematical model. The effect of the time-delay upon the actual aerosol mass can thus be estimated. The original (as-formed or as-sampled) aerosol mass can be calculated using the proposed empirical model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalIsrael Journal of Chemistry
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


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