Inorganic analysis of dust fall and office dust in an industrial area of Jordan.


This article deals with the determination and comparison of heavy metals and water-soluble anions and cations in indoor dust and outdoor dust fall in the petroleum refinery area in Jordan. Three sampling sites were considered in the Jordanian petroleum refinery complex for the collection of dust fall and office dust samples. These samples were analyzed for water-soluble anions (F-, Cl-, Br-, NO3-, C2O4(2-), and SO4(2-)) and cations (Li+, Na+, K+, Mg2+, and Ca2+) using auto-suppressed ion chromatography. Heavy metals (Pb, Cd, Cu, Zn, Cr, Fe, and Al) were determined using flame or graphite-furnace atomic absorption. No correlations were found between heavy metal concentrations in dust fall and office dust samples, indicating different sources. High enrichment factors for heavy metals were found in dust-fall samples, except for Fe and Cr. Zinc showed the highest and cadmium the lowest flux rates.

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@article{Jaradat2004InorganicAO, title={Inorganic analysis of dust fall and office dust in an industrial area of Jordan.}, author={Qasem M Jaradat and Kamal A Momani and Abdel-Aziz Q Jbarah and Adnan M. Massadeh}, journal={Environmental research}, year={2004}, volume={96 2}, pages={139-44} }