The use of multi-element concentration datasets obtained by INAA in the identification of sources of environmental pollutants

  • M. de Bruin
  • P. M. van Wijk
  • R. van Assema
  • C. de Roos
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Trace element concentration patterns can be used for the identification of objects or materials. Early applications were related to the elucidation of identity or origin of objects. Recently, a number of applications have been reported of the use of trace element concentration patterns to recognize and identify components of mixtures of materials, mainly of environmental interest. In the present paper two examples are discussed of application of Target Transformation Factor Analysis to trace element concentration patterns, to identify sources of heavy metal air pollution. The materials studied are air particulate matter and epiphytic lichens used as biological accumulator.


Physical Chemistry Heavy Metal Inorganic Chemistry Environmental Pollutant INAA 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. de Bruin
    • 1
  • P. M. van Wijk
    • 1
  • R. van Assema
    • 1
  • C. de Roos
    • 1
  1. 1.Interuniversity Reactor InstituteDelft(The Netherlands)

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