A study of diesel PM with X-ray microspectroscopy

Artur Braun*, Naresh Shah, Frank E. Huggins, Gerald P. Huffman, Sue Wirick, Christopher Jacobsen, Kerry Kelly, Adel F. Sarofim

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Carbonaceous particulate matter from diesel fuel combustion was studied with Scanning Transmission X-ray Microspectroscopy, a novel synchrotron radiation-based technique, which combines X-ray absorption spectroscopy and microscopy. Single soot particles were chemically identified with a spatial resolution of better than 100 nm. Near-edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure spectra from the carbon K-absorption edge could be assigned to specific particle regions, making it possible to distinguish graphitic carbon in the soot particles from hydrocarbons, such as residual lubricating oil and diesel fuel and their reaction products.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)997-1000
Number of pages4
Issue number7-8
StatePublished - May 2004


  • Fine particulate matter
  • Particle analysis
  • Soot
  • X-ray absorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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