Investigation of fluorine content in PM2.5 airborne particles of Istanbul, Turkey

Nil Ozbek, Hakki Baltaci, Asli Baysal*

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Fluorine determination in airborne samples is important due to its spread into the air from both natural and artificial sources. It can travel by wind over large distances before depositing on the Earth’s surface. Its concentration in various matrices are limited and controlled by the regulations for causing health risks associated with environmental exposures. In this work, fluorine was determined in PM2.5 airborne samples by high-resolution continuum source electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. For these purpose, the PM2.5 airborne particulates were collected on quartz filters using high-volume samplers (500 L/min) in Istanbul (Turkey) for 96 h during January to June in 2 years. Then, instrumental and experimental parameters were optimized for the analyte in airborne samples. The validity of the method for the analyte was tested using standard reference material, and certified values were found in the limits of 95 % confidence level. The fluorine concentrations and meteorological conditions were compared statistically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13169-13177
Number of pages9
JournalEnvironmental Science and Pollution Research
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016

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  • Fluorine
  • High-resolution continuum source electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry
  • Meteorological conditions
  • PM2.5 Airborne particulate matters


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