Single particle chemical analysis of ambient ultrafine aerosol: A review

Bryan R. Bzdek, M. Ross Pennington, Murray V. Johnston*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Ultrafine aerosols (<100. nm diameter) constitute the largest portion of ambient aerosol loading by number, are highly time and location dependent, and impact both human health and global climate. In order to better understand the sources, transformations, and impacts of aerosol, particle-by-particle chemical composition measurements are required. This review surveys the methods that currently exist for single particle chemical analysis of ambient ultrafine aerosol and discusses the findings of atmospheric measurements using these methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-120
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Aerosol Science
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • Atmospheric aerosol
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Nanoparticle
  • Single particle analysis
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Ultrafine aerosol


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