The January/February 2012 issue of Mass Spectrometry Reviews features a comprehensive two-part review of the state of the art in mass spectrometric analysis of aerosols, written by Prather Research Group alumna Kerri Pratt along with Professor Kim Prather. Part 1 chronicles developments and advances in mass spectrometry of aerosols using so-called "offline methods" which require collection of an aerosol sample on a substrate with subsequent detailed analysis in a controlled laboratory setting, allowing for molecular speciation. Part 2 discusses recent advances and innovative applications in real-time mass spectrometry of atmospheric aerosols, which do not provide as much molecular detail, but can illuminate time-resolved changes in aerosol composition, capture fleeting events in the atmosphere, can be deployed on mobile platforms (e.g., ships, aircraft), and have been coupled with other atmospheric instrumentation to learn about the controls of chemistry on physical parameters of aerosols.
Find links to the new review articles below and on our Publications page (subscriber access may be required for articles):
Pratt KA and Prather KA. Mass Spectrometry of Atmospheric Aerosols - Recent Developments and Applications. Part II: On-Line Mass Spectrometry Techniques. Mass Spectrometry Reviews (2012), 31(1): 17-48 [DOI: 10.1002/mas.20330]
Pratt KA and Prather KA. Mass spectrometry of atmospheric aerosols--recent developments and applications. Part I: Off-line mass spectrometry techniques. Mass Spectrometry Reviews (2012), 31(1): 1-16 [DOI: 10.1002/mas.20322]