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Urban particulate matter

NIST® SRM® 1648a

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certified reference material

Quality Level


pkg of 2 g




industrial hygiene


matrix material

General description

This Standard Reference Material (SRM) is atmospheric particulate matter collected from St. Louis, MO area, in a baghouse specially designed for this purpose. The values of the constituents in SRM are reported on a dry-mass basis; however, the material “as received” contains residual moisture. The particle size distribution of SRM 1648a was obtained using a commercial laser diffraction instrument manufactured by Malvern Instruments. The particulate matter was measured in aqueous suspension and is detailed in “Supplemental Information for SRM 1648a.”

The certified values are based on the agreement of results from two or more chemically independent analytical techniques obtained at NIST and collaborating expert laboratories. The certification of SRM 1648a is valid, within the measurement uncertainty specified, provided the SRM is handled and stored in accordance with the instructions given in the “Instructions for Storage and Use”.




It is intended primarily for use as a quality control material and in the evaluation of methods used in inorganic analysis and for the determination of selected polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), nitro-substituted PAHs (nitro-PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) congeners, and chlorinated pesticides in atmospheric particulate material and similar matrices.

Features and Benefits

  • A unit of SRM 1648a consists of a bottle containing 2 g of atmospheric particulate matter
  • Information on product description, disposal, and transportation is available in the accompanying MSDS
  • The enclosed NIST certificate contains details on the expiry date, warning to users, instructions for right storage and use, preparation, and analysis of the RM

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Storage Class

13 - Non Combustible Solids




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