Two Dimensional Chromatography of Atmosheric Aerosols: A New In-Situ Instrument

Award Information
Agency: Department of Energy
Branch: N/A
Contract: DE-FG02-05ER86235
Agency Tracking Number: 79160T05-I
Amount: $99,997.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2005
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: 03a
Solicitation Number: DE-FG01-O4ER04-33
Small Business Information
935 Grayson Street, Berkeley, CA, 94710
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Susanne Hering
 (510) 649-9360
Business Contact
 Susanne Hering
Title: Dr.
Phone: (510) 649-9360
Research Institution
 The Regents University of California
 Pat Sullivan
 336 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA, 94720
 (510) 642-8120
 Nonprofit college or university
79160 Organic matter is a major constituent of airborne particles, comprising 20-50% of the PM2.5 mass in many regions; yet, its characterization is difficult. Especially important is the real-time characterization of organic matter at the molecular level. To better understand the effects of organic matter on climate, and to understand sources of these aerosols, better characterization methods are needed. This project will develop an in situ instrument that would dramatically improve our ability to separate, identify, and quantify individual organic compounds. The instrument will utilize multidimensional chromatography and time-of-flight mass spectrometry coupled to an aerosol collection and thermal desorption system. Phase I will test the interface of the aerosol collection system with multidimensional chromatography, using both known standard aerosols and ambient aerosols. Analyses will be done by flame ionization detection. Commercial Applications and Other Benefits as described by the awardee: Commercial applications include the monitoring of atmospheric aerosols for elucidating the role of organic matter on the global radiation balance for climate research, and for understanding the sources of organic matter for developing air pollution control strategies.

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