Particulates Matter

Particulates Matter

Impact, Measurement, and Remediation of Airborne Pollutants

1st Edition - November 28, 2020

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  • Authors: Vikram Rao, William Vizuete
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169049
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169056

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A title in the Emerging Issues in Analytical Chemistry series, Particulates Matter: Impact, Measurement, and Remediation of Airborne Pollutants provides the latest technical findings in the study of particulate matter (PM). It links these findings to awareness-raising and actionable schemes for legislated remediation and engineered solutions. Written in an engaging and informative manner, the book begins with a multi-disciplinary overview of the major sources and unique classes of PM, detection techniques, and their impact, including molecular changes resulting in health effects. It then goes one step further by proposing and examining the means to curtail and contain PM generation and ameliorate their impacts. Particulates Matter: Impact, Measurement, and Remediation of Airborne Pollutants offers a high-quality reference guide to PM that will greatly benefit technology leaders in environmental compliance groups, epidemiologists and other public health professionals focused on pollution and health, and researchers and scholars working in pollution, climate change, and urbanization. It may also be useful to advanced undergraduate and early graduate students in environmental sciences.

Key Features

  • Includes a summary of the current knowledge on nanoparticles as pollutants and their negative health effects
  • Provides a framework for the evolution and maturation of air pollution characterization and mitigation
  • Describes an integrated set of engineered solutions that account for the concatenated relationships between technology, policy, and society necessary for long-term success


Analytical chemists and environmental chemists working in environmental health and compliance groups; energy companies and vehicle manufacturers; epidemiologists focused on pollution and health and other public health professionals; NGOs working on indoor and outdoor air pollution; think tank scholars working in pollution, climate change, and urbanization; advanced undergraduate and low level graduate courses in environmental sciences

Table of Contents

  • Part I: PM and ozone fundamentals
    Chapter 1. Why particulates matter
    Chapter 2. Principal sources of PM
    Chapter 3. Ozone: Good high, bad nigh

    Part II: Impacts of differences in particle size
    Chapter 4. The importance of being small
    Chapter 5. Health effects of airborne particulates

    Part III: Methods for measuring PM and estimating health effects
    Chapter 6. Detection and evaluation of airborne particulates
    Chapter 7. Estimation of toxicity of airborne particulates

    Part IV: Engineered solutions for PM amelioration and elimination
    Chapter 8. Wood fires: Domesticated
    Chapter 9. Wood fires: Wild
    Chapter 10. Reducing PM and NOx in diesel engine exhaust
    Chapter 11. Alternative fuels
    Chapter 12. Electric vehicles: Transformational solution for low-PM transportation
    Chapter 13. Clean coal and dirty solar panels

    Part V: Charting the future for research and policy
    Chapter 14. Research and policy directions

Product details

  • No. of pages: 288
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2020
  • Published: November 28, 2020
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128169049
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128169056

About the Authors

Vikram Rao

Vikram Rao
Vikram Rao is the executive director of the Research Triangle Energy Consortium, having assumed this position on September 1, 2008. He spent 9 years with Halliburton and another 25 with predecessor companies. Most recently, he served as senior vice president and chief technology officer responsible for Halliburton’s technology effort as well as intellectual asset management. He joined a predecessor company in 1974 as a senior research engineer. Dr. Rao currently advises the non-profit RTI International and the firms BioLargo Inc., Biota Technology Inc., Alchemy Sciences Inc., Fervo Energy Inc., Sage Geosystems Inc., Clyra Medical Technologies Inc., and Cybele Microbiome Inc. He is a past chairman of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission. He is the author of more than 30 publications and has been awarded 42 United States patents and foreign analogs. RTI Press released his book Shale Gas: The Promise and the Peril in July 2012 and a revised second edition in 2015. His book Sustainable Shale Oil and Gas in the Emerging Issues in Analytical Chemistry series, with Dr. Rob Knight, was released in 2016. Rao earned a doctorate and a master’s in engineering from Stanford University and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in Chennai, India.

Affiliations and Expertise

Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium, Research Triangle Park, NC, United States

William Vizuete

William Vizuete is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA. His work focuses on air quality and climate change and endeavors to understand how pollution forms in the atmosphere, and its connection to human health. Through this research, Dr. Vizuete has increased scientific knowledge in these areas and produced new insights through air quality models, field studies, laboratory experiments, and the development of a novel in vitro technology to assess air pollution toxicity. Dr. Vizuete is also known for his groundbreaking research on the legal cannabis industry and its impact on air quality.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC, United States

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