Analysis of the Elemental and Organic Carbon in Aerosols

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P. Vodička and J. Schwarz

Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals of the Czech Academy of Science, Prague, Czech Republic

Keywords: carbonaceous aerosol, elemental and organic carbon, black carbon, thermo-optical analysis, atmosphere


Carbonaceous aerosols in atmosphere are often analyzed in the form of two basic components – organic carbon (OC), which represents a wide range of organic compounds, and elemental carbon (EC). This paper describes in detail the principles of thermo-optical analysis of EC and OC in aerosols. Further it shows the possibilities of the data interpretation, as well as examples from real measurements.


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