“A Standard Approach to The Characterization of Common Indoor Dust Constituents”

2005:53: Turner, Millette, Boltin, Hopen

The Microscope, 53(4), 2005.


Indoor dust is a collection of many particles. Deciding what to report can be a difficult task considering the tremendous number of different types of particles that can be found in offices and residences. Years of studying indoor environmental particles (residential and office dust) suggest that most dust deposits can be characterized by light microscopical methods using about twenty general constituent categories. Stereomicroscopy and polarized light microscopy, augmented when necessary with electron microscopy and infrared spectroscopy, provide the general composition of dust. Additional work in any of the categories may be necessary to answer a specific question. This article presents a systematic approach to the initial analysis of dust by microscopical methods.

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