Characterization of atmospheric particles in Seoul, Korea using SEM-EDX

Eunha Kang, Inji Park, Young Jae Lee, Meehye Lee

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Atmospheric particles in Seoul, Korea were investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) equipped with energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Particles were identi?ed and characterized by their morphology and elemental compositions. The morphology of particles was closely coupled with elemental compositions, which provided information on sources and transport processes of aerosols. There were various types of combustion-derived particles identi?ed such as ?y ashes, soot, organic matters, tar balls, chars, and sulfur-containing particles. These anthropogenic particles mainly have spherical shape with nano-to micro-meter size. Char was, however, distinguished by irregular shape with varying size up to several micrometers. The sulfur-containing aggregates show a wide range of size, shape, and elemental composition. In addition, bioaerosol and mineral dust were the most abundant particles from natural sources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6016-6021
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul


  • Atmospheric Particles
  • Combustion-Derived Particles
  • Elemental Composition
  • Morphology
  • SEM-EDX Analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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