Distribution of trace elements in filter-collected aerosol samples

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A three-stage sequential leaching procedure was applied to the determination of the distribution of trace elements in filter-collected aerosols. Sampling was performed at a moderately polluted city (Veszprém) and a regional background sampling site (Kabhegy). A validated sequential leaching technique was applied and 12 elements (Al, Fe, Ca, Mg, Mn, Pb, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, As and V) were measured. Distribution of the elements was determined for environmentally mobile, carbonate and oxide associated, and environmentally immobile (bound to silicate) fractions. Lead was found in the highest amount in the environmentally mobile fractions and cadmium was mainly associated with environmentally immobile fractions. The data obtained provide information on the source of the elements and on their potential mobility following the deposition of the aerosols on the land and water surface.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-232
Number of pages6
JournalFresenius' Journal of Analytical Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry

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