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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Schmeling, Martina

Title/s: Graduate Program Director

Office #: FH-408

Phone: 773.508.3124

E-mail: mschmel@luc.edu

External Webpage: http://homepages.luc.edu/%7Emschmel/Publications.pdf#$12122


Research Interests

My research interests are focused on the study of air pollution in Chicago as well as on analytical applications of total reflection X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (TXRF).

Air Pollution Studies in Chicago:

Our research investigates air pollution in Chicago and how lake breeze events influence transport and evolution of air pollutants. For this we collect aerosol samples with high temporal resolution and measure ozone and NOx mixing ratios at the Loyola University Chicago Air Station (LUCAS). The aerosol samples are analyzed for ionic and elemental species. The chemical fingerprints provide us with important information about evolution and transport of pollutant species in the region. We recently started to collaborate with researchers from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in order to apply the WRF/CHEM model to our measurement data and to explore the possibility of using remote sensing data to enhance our findings. 

Analytical Applications of TXRF:

We use TXRF for analysis of trace elements in various types of samples. TXRF is a powerful non-destructive ultra-trace analysis method and able to analyze particles or dried residue samples deposited on a smooth surface as well as impurities within surface layers. We routinely use TXRF for quantitative elemental analysis of atmospheric particulates either directly after collection onto filter and impactor substrates or after acid digestion of the samples. Currently we are in the process of expanding our range of applications into forensic analysis (glass, fiber and powder), thin film deposition, and catalysis. We also recently became involved in the NASA Genesis mission http://genesismission.jpl.nasa.gov/ by analyzing the return samples for surface contamination with TXRF.

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Selected Publications

"Sample Preparation for XRF", M. Schmeling and R. Van Grieken, Handbook of X-ray Spectrometry, 2nd edition, Wiley and Sons NY, pp. 933-976, 2002.

"Atmospheric Observations of Enhanced NO2-HONO Conversion on Mineral Dust Particles", S. Wang, R. Ackermann, C.W. Spicer, J. Fast, M. Schmeling and J. Stutz, Geophysical Research Letters, 30(11), 1595, 2003.

"Seasonal variations in diurnal concentrations of trace elements in atmospheric aerosols in Chicago", M. Schmeling, Analytica Chimica Acta, 496 (1-2), 315-323, 2003.

"Characterization of Urban Air Pollution by Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence", M. Schmeling, Spectrochimica Acta, B59, 1165-1171, 2004.

"Characterization of airborne particulate matter during the Land-Lake breeze effect study in Chicago, IL", M. Schmeling, T. Fosco and P. Doskey, 6th conference on Atmospheric Chemistry: Air Quality in Megacities, Proceedings Contribution 1.8, 2004.

“Characterization of Airborne Particulate Matter During Lake Breeze Events in Chicago”, M. Schmeling and T. Fosco, EOS transactions, American Geophysical Union, 85(47), Fall Meeting Supplement A41A-0019, 2004

“Ionic Composition of Atmospheric Aerosols in Chicago”, T. Fosco and M. Schmeling, EOS transactions, American Geophysical Union, 85(47), Fall Meeting Supplement A41A-0018, 2004

"Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence", M. Schmeling, Elsevier Encyclopedia of Analytical Sciences 2nd editions, pp.441-448, Elsevier Ltd, 2005.

"Aerosol Ion Concentration Dependence on Atmospheric Conditions in Chicago",T. Fosco and M. Schmeling, Atmospheric Environment, 40, 6638-6649, 2006.

“Determination of Water-Soluble Atmospheric Aerosols using Ion Chromatography”, T. Fosco and M. Schmeling, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, doi 10.1007/sl10661-006-9388-1 (2007).

“Air Pollution Studies in Chicago Considering Lake Breeze Events and Land Use”, M. Schmeling and D. Treering, EOS transactions, American Geophysical Union, 89(53), Fall Meeting Supplement A41H-0214, 2008.


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