Particulates Matter - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128169049

Particulates Matter

1st Edition

Impact, Measurement, and Remediation of Airborne Pollutants

Authors: Vikram Rao Christina Murata
Paperback ISBN: 9780128169049
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st December 2019
Page Count: 260
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Table of Contents

Part I
1. Introduction: Why Should You Care about PM?
2. Principal Categories of Anthropogenic PM

Part II: Particle Size: Beneficial and Adverse Impacts of Differences in Size
3. Size Matters
4. Health Effects

Part III: Measuring and Mitigating
5. An Organizing Paradigm for Measurement and Mitigation of PM
6. Detection Methods
7. Traditional Mitigation Methods

Part IV: Engineered Solutions for PM Amelioration and Elimination
8. Clean Coal Not an Oxymoron
9. Wood and Other Cellulose Combustion
10. Reducing PM in Diesel Engine Exhaust
11. Electric Vehicles: Transformational Solution for Low PM Transportation

Part V: Charting the Future for Research and Policy
12. Science Informing Policy
13. Research Directions: Key Investments That Will Yield Results

Part VI: Conclusions


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). Furthermore, 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.

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


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About the Authors

Vikram Rao

Vikram Rao Author

Vikram Rao is the executive director of RTEC, and assumed this position on September 1, 2008. Rao 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 advises the non-profit RTI International and venture capitalist Energy Ventures AS, and firms BioLargo Inc., Global Energy Talent Ltd.,. Biota Technology Inc., Melior Innovations Inc., and Eastman Chemicals Company. He is a past chairman of the North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission. Rao is the author of more than 30 publications and has been awarded 40 United States patents and foreign analogs in fields that include non-ferrous metal refining, alloy formulations, and oil and gas technology. RTI Press released his book "Shale Gas: the Promise and the Peril" in July 2012, and a revised second edition in 2015. Dr. Rao earned a doctorate degree 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

Research Triangle Energy Consortium, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA

Christina Murata Author

Christina E. Murata is the senior director of Aerosol and Sensor Research at RTI International and is responsible for strategic direction and growth of RTI’s program in air quality and exposure. Before joining RTI in 2016, Dr. Murata spent 13 years with the US federal government, including the Department of Defense, where she built an automatic system to protect the Pentagon from chemical or biological attack, and the State Department. Most recently, she led the development of an innovation and advanced technology portfolio for US Customs and Border Protection at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She has also served as chief of staff for the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, where she worked with industry, government, and academia to expand the department’s technological capabilities.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Director, Aerosol and Sensor Research, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA