Published: Jan 1990
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Instrumental neutron activation analysis (INAA) is a powerful analytical technique for the elemental characterization of atmospheric particulate samples. It is a true multielement technique with adequate sensitivity to determine 30 to 40 elements in a sample of atmospheric particulate material. Its nondestructive nature allows sample reanalysis by the same or a different analytical technique. As an example of the applicability of INAA to the study of atmospheric particulate material, a study of the emissions from municipal incinerators is described.
toxics, instrumental neutron activation analysis, neutron activation analysis, municipal incinerators, refuse combustion, trace elements, trace element analysis, urban aerosols
Research chemist, Center for Analytical Chemistry, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD