Development of Two Fine Particulate Matter Standard Reference Materials (<4 µm and <10 µm) for the Determination of Organic and Inorganic Constituents

Published: April 13, 2016

Author(s)

Michele M. Schantz, Danielle Cleveland, Nathanael A. Heckert, John R. Kucklick, Stefan D. Leigh, Stephen E. Long, Jennifer M. Lynch, Karen E. Murphy, Rabia Oflaz, Adam L. Pintar, Barbara J. Porter, Savelas A. Rabb, Stacy S. Schuur, Stephen A. Wise, Rolf L. Zeisler

Abstract

Two new Standard Reference Materials (SRMs), SRM 2786 Fine Particulate Matter (< 4 µm) and SRM 2787 Fine Particulate Matter (< 10 µm) have been developed in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s National Ambient Air Quality Standards for particulate matter (PM). These materials have been characterized for the mass fractions of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nitrated PAHs, brominated diphenyl ether (BDE) congeners, hexabromocyclododecane (HBCD) isomers, sugars, polychlorinated dibenzo p dioxin (PCDD) and dibenzofuran (PCDF) congeners, and inorganic constituents, as well as particle size characteristics. These materials are the first Certified Reference Materials available to support measurements of both organic and inorganic constituents in fine PM. In addition, values for PAHs are available for RM 8785 Air Particulate Matter on Filter Media. As such, these SRMs will be useful as quality control samples for ensuring compatibility of results among PM monitoring studies and will fill a void to assess the accuracy of analytical methods used in these studies.
Citation: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Pub Type: Journals

Keywords

air particulate matter, PM, Certified Reference Material, SRM, PAHs, nitrated PAHs, mercury, arsenic, lead
Created April 13, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018