ESEM-EDX characterisation of airborne particles from an industrialised area of northern Greece

Andreas Iordanidis, Jim Buckman, Athanasios G. Triantafyllou, Argyro Asvesta

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    The aim of this study was to characterise individual airborne particles collected from the Ptolemais-Kozani region (Western Macedonia), northern Greece. Throughout a 1-year period (March 2003 to February 2004), we collected several filters that captured airborne particles at seven sampling sites distributed throughout the area. The airborne particles captured on the filters were then characterised by environmental scanning electron microscopy (ESEM) coupled with energy-dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). The particles were categorised as geogenic, biogenic and anthropogenic. The main anthropogenic airborne particles were fly ash (released from lignite-fired power plants) and carbonaceous (soot and char) and metalliferous (mainly iron- and copper-enriched) particulates. We present here characteristic ESEM and EDX spectra for the airborne particles and underline the presence of characteristic primary and secondary sulphates. © Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)391-405
    Number of pages15
    JournalEnvironmental Geochemistry and Health
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


    • Airborne particles
    • Energy-dispersive x-ray
    • Environmental scanning electron microscopy
    • Greece
    • Ptolemais-Kozaniarea


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