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Title: Inorganic chemical composition of atmospheric particulate matter around industrial sites in northern Lebanon
Authors: Kfoury, Adib 
Yammine, Paolo 
Ledoux, Frédéric
Khoury, Bilal El 
Nakat, Hanna El 
Noual, H
Cazier, Fabrice
Courcot, Dominique
Abi Aad, Edmond
Aboukaïs, Antoine
Affiliations: Department of Environmental Science 
Department of Chemistry 
Department of Chemistry 
Department of Chemistry 
Keywords: Atmospheric TSP
Ion chromatography
Subjects: North of Lebanon
Issue Date: 2011
Part of: Advanced materials research
Volume: 324
Start page: 477
End page: 480
Atmospheric Total Suspended Particles (TSP) were sampled from 16 different points in a coastal industrial region in North Lebanon, between April and October 2008. The samples were analyzed for water soluble ions and metals concentrations using Ion Chromatography (I.C.) and Inductively Coupled Plasma-Mass Spectrometry (ICP-MS). The results showed possible natural contribution to aerosols through sea salt emissions (Na/Cl-/Mg), and crustal sources (K/Fe/Ti). However, ions such as NH4+, NO3-, and SO42- were attributed to secondary aerosols. Finally, the result of the enrichment factor analysis showed that vehicles emissions (Zn/Cu/Pb/Ni/V/Cr), quarries (Ca), and phosphate rocks impurities (Zn/Cd/Cu/Pb) were the most important anthropogenic contributions to the metals load in the aerosols.
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Environmental Science

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