Aerosol Characterization

Aerosol Characterization

ICSE has a variety of aerosol characterization capabilities that complement our laboratory and pilot-scale combustion processes. Because the majority of fine particulate matter (aerosols) comes from combustion sources, ICSE has a unique ability to conduct in-house studies on the formation of aerosols and the effects of a variety of combustion conditions on the quantity and type of aerosols generated. Concern has been increasing about the health effects of fine particles, and our location in the Salt Lake Valley provides an opportunity to study the periodic high levels of particulate matter. ICSE has also been investigating aerosol sources along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Aerosol characterization projects

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP)
The Southwest Center for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP)
NSF NIRT Program

Photo Gallery

Please feel free to take a look at our photo gallery.

Camp Pendleton

Testing emissions from a one of Camp Pendleton’s diesel buses.

Brad Bretecher (Cummins Inc.) holding a catalytic diesel filter, which was installed on Department of Defense buses to reduce their particulate emissions.
Edwards Air Force Base
Testing emissions from a generator at Edwards Air Force Base.

Testing emissions from a generator with a catalytic diesel filter installed (Edwards Air Force Base).
Other field samples
Testing emissions from agricultural burns along the U.S. Mexico border. Cristina Jaramillo (U of U graduate student) and Francisco Diaz (SDSU graduate student).

Sampling team from the study of diesel emissions in mines.

The mobile lab relaxes after three weeks of
collecting emissions data.


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The mission of ICSE is education through interdisciplinary research on high-temperature fuel utilization processes for energy generation, and associated environmental, health, policy, and performance issues.