Mineralogical Characterization of Airborne Industrial Pollutants

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Authors
  1. Fisher, G.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research Establishment Atlantic, Dartmouth NS (CAN)
Abstract
Increased awareness of environmental and health-related issues has lead to heightened concern about air quality in industrial and office settings. Often the airborne pollutants that cause personnel complaints of eye, nose and throat irritation are inorganic particulates released by industrial processes, dirty or inadequate ventilation systems, or poor housecleaning practices. Identification of these particulates and their source is a necessary first step to improving industrial air quality. However, due to the small quantities of airborne material available in even the dirtiest of samples, standard analytical techniques are not practical for such identification. This paper describes the use of transmission polarized light microscopy, both alone and in conjunction with scanning electron microscopy/energy dispersive x-ray microanalysis, as a means of identifying airborne inorganic particulates at the picogram level.
Report Number
DREA-SR-1999-162-PAP-13 — CONTAINED IN CA000150
Date of publication
01 Oct 1999
Number of Pages
14
DSTKIM No
CA000163
CANDIS No
511887
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Hardcopy;Document Image stored on Optical Disk

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