Characterization of PGEs and Other Elements in Road Dusts and Airborne Particles in Houston, Texas Academic Article uri icon


  • 2015, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. It is imperative to quantify a wide range of elements in order to rigorously apportion the myriad sources of airborne particulate matter especially in industrialized urban environments. Herein, our recently reported analytical method that is optimized for the measurements of Rh, Pd, and Pt alongside numerous representative, transition, and lanthanoid elements is described. We also implemented the newly developed technique for the detailed elemental analysis of several tunnel dusts, surface road dusts, and airborne particulate matter collected in the greater Houston, Texas area. Rh, Pd and Pt were highly enriched in dusts swept from the road surface of the Washburn Tunnel averaging 15252, 770208 and 529130 ngg 1 respectively. Their concentrations were significantly lower in surface road dusts with Rh, Pd, and Pt ranging only between 5.98.4, 33.088.2, and 90.8131 ngg 1 . Average Rh, Pd, and Pt concentrations in ambient aerosols were 1.5, 11.1, and 4.5 pgm 3 in PM 2.5 and 3.8, 23.1, and 15.1 pgm 3 in PM 10 , respectively. Rh, Pd, and Pt levels were elevated in the air inside the Washburn Tunnel reaching 12.5, 91.1, and 30.1 pgm 3 in PM 2.5 and 36.3, 214, and 61.1 pgm 3 in PM 10 , respectively. These are amongst the first such detailed measurements in the United States and represent our efforts to rigorously quantify particulate pollution emanating from light-duty vehicles.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Chellam, S., & Bozlaker, A.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Chellam, Shankararaman||Bozlaker, Ayse

publication date

  • November 2015