Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 162, Issue 2, pp 381–390 | Cite as

Multielemental neutron activation analysis of fugitive dust particulates from cement factories in Central India

  • R. G. Weginwar
  • A. N. Garg


Knowledge of occurrence and concentration of trace elements in dust particulates from and around industrial establishments is essential to know the source of pollutants and atmosphere quality. Dust particulates from two cement factories in the central part of India were analyzed for 5 minor (Cl, Fe, K, Mg, Na) and 23 trace elements (Ag, As, Ba, Br, Cd, Co, Cr, Cs, Dy, Eu, Ga, Hf, Hg, La, Mn, Sb, Sc, Se, Sm, Sr, Th, W and Zn) by INAA and RNAA techniques. Significant differences have been observed for some toxic trace elements at different locations. Mn content is particularly high in all the dust particulates. Urban particulate (SRM 1648) and Coal fly ash (SRM 1633a) from NIST and Pond sediment (CRM No. 2) from NIES were also analyzed. The data have been analyzed and interpreted in terms of air quality at different locations inside the plant and two factories.


Atmosphere India Dust Activation Analysis Neutron Activation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. G. Weginwar
    • 1
  • A. N. Garg
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryNagpur UniversityNagpur(India)

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