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Title

Analysis of emissions using pyrolysis FT-ICR mass spectrometry

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry, Preprints

Volume

40

Issue

1

First Page

39

Last Page

40

Abstract

The CAAA ushered into law the most significant environmental legislation since the passage of the original Clean Air Act of 1970 aiming to achieve drastic reductions in common pollutants (O3, NOx, SO2, particulate matter, and Pb), and 188 so-called hazardous air pollutants. Compliance with air pollution laws is difficult because the combustion process works against the simultaneous reductions of all air pollutants, and is more severe for stationary-source emitters (such as power plants) than it is for mobile sources (such as vehicles). Optimizing the conditions of the combustion process to comply with the emission requirements requires in-depth information about the combustion process of the compounds involved. Preliminary experiments show that the pyrolytic process can be successfully modeled using laser desorption Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance MS. The results have provided mechanistic insight to the reaction mechanism of the formation of benzene and other aromatic pollutants. Catalysts proved to be useful in providing access to alternate pathways and alternate reaction mechanisms.

Original Publication Date

3-26-2000

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