Chemical characterization of PM2.5 fractions of urban aerosol collected in Budapest and Istanbul

Szigeti T., Mihucz V. G. , Ovari M., BAYSAL A., ATILGAN S., Akman S. , ...More

MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL, vol.107, pp.86-94, 2013 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 107
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.microc.2012.05.029
  • Title of Journal : MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.86-94


In the present work, a comprehensive chemical characterization of PM2.5 fractions of urban aerosol collected with high-volume aerosol samplers in Budapest (Hungary) and Istanbul (Turkey) was carried out from June 2010 to May 2011. The analyses included (i) gravimetric determination of PM2.5 mass concentration; (ii) trace element determination (Bi, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Ga, Li, Mn, Mo, Ni, Pb, Pt, Rb, Sb, Sn, Te, Tl, U, V. Zn) after microwave-assisted aqua regia and sonication-assisted water extraction by inductively coupled plasma sector field mass spectrometry; (iii) evaluation of major anions (SO42-, NO3-, Cl-) as well as NH4+ concentrations in the aerosol samples subjected to sonication-assisted water extraction by ion chromatography and spectrophotometry, respectively; iv) assessment of total and water-soluble carbons by a C/N analyzer in the samples.