AAS and Pollution Control

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Gather, process and present information to interpret secondary data from AAS measurements and evaluate the effectiveness of this in pollution control

  • Before pollution can be controlled, its presence and extent must first be recognised.
  • Many elements, particularly heavy metals, are harmful pollutants even in only very minute quantities undetectable by normal analytical methods.
  • AAS allows for the detection of these extremely small quantities of certain elements, both qualitatively and quantitatively.
  • Thus, AAS is a very important aspect of the pollution control process.
  • Types of pollution that AAS allow to be monitored include:
    • Copper and aluminium in waterways.
    • Lead fallout beside highways.
    • Zinc in oysters.
    • Mercury in fish.

An atomic absorption spectometer