Rebecca Romero, West Texas A&M University

Current Aspects of PM 2.5 and Analyzing the Aeroallergen of the Texas Panhandle

Abstract: PM 2.5 stands for particulate matter 2.5, also called particulate pollution and is air pollutant particles not visible with the naked eye due to their microscopic size of 2.5 microns. Hazardous Aeroallergen particles of this size are dangerous because they pass the body’s defenses into the lungs and bloodstream. Hazardous PM 2.5 have the potential to lead to death. Data shows out of 6 people who die from air pollution, one person dies from PM 2.5.

In this study, I’ll analyze PM 2.5 and Aeroallergens in the Texas panhandle and conduct studies on how these factors affect this area. One concern the Texas panhandle encounters is the air pollution coming from the feedlots here. Also, humans spend most of their time indoors; and using air purifiers inside can help maintain cleaner air indoors.

I will use the BX Olympus Digital microscope to analyze the PM 2.5 and the aeroallergen that are prevalent in the Texas panhandle. I will follow the standard procedure to collect dust particles floating in the air as designed by AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology). I will use clean glass slides on which I shall place double sticky tape and save them in a clean slide box. I will put double sided sticky tape on a clean glass slide and place the slide on the roof. I will allow the slides to be exposed to the air for 24 hours, 48 hours, and 72 hours. The prepared slides will be viewed using a BX 40 Digital Olympus Microscope. Being able to go cleaner indoors using the Advanced Hydrated Photo Catalytic Oxidation (AHPCO) Nanotechnology to purify the air and going greener outdoors, will assist the world in decreasing the steady incline of harmful air pollution and create a better environment for our health.

Presentation Author(s):
Rebecca Romero* and Nabarun Ghosh

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