Elemental monitoring of street dusts in Konya in Turkey

Kariper I. A. , Üstündağ İ., Deniz K., Mülazımoğlu İ. E. , Erdoğan S., Kadıoğlu Y. K.

MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL, vol.148, pp.338-345, 2019 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 148
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.microc.2019.04.084
  • Title of Journal : MICROCHEMICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.338-345
  • Keywords: Environmental pollution, Heavy metal pollution, Road dust, XEP, HEAVY-METAL, ECOLOGICAL RISK, TOXIC ELEMENTS, AIR-POLLUTION, SAMPLES, CITY, EDXRF, SOILS


In this study, we tried to obtain information about the level of pollution in the region by analyzing the solid residues collected from the roadsides of Konya, which is an industrialized city of Turkey. In the study, solid powder samples were collected from Konya city in September 2014, at 4 different times by the municipal vehicles. The samples, collected from a total of 21 different regions were analyzed. Collected samples were first sifted through 250 gm sieves, then pelletized into 32 mm pellets with a wax binder. The elements in the prepared samples were determined by polarized energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (PEDXRF) spectrometry. Elements such as Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl, K, Ca, Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Rb, Sr, Zr, Ba, La, Ce and Pb were determined by PEDXRF. The reliability of the method was also tested with CRM 2126-81 standard substance. The amount of elements such as As, Cr, Ni, Co and Fe were particularly discussed in the regions close to industrial establishments, whereas the amount of Pb was discussed for the routes on the main road.