CUP Undergraduate Research

Date of Award


Document Type



College of Arts & Sciences


Math & Science

Degree Name

Chemistry, BA

First Advisor

Matthew Wise, Ph.D.


Atmospheric aerosol (AA) particles are defined as solid or liquid particles suspended in the air. AA particles smaller than 10 μm in diameter are small enough to bypass the upper respiratory system which functions as a filter for harmful substances entering the lungs. AA particles can be collected using a device called an aerosol impactor. After collection, the particles can be analyzed offline for chemical composition using a variety of analytical techniques. The weight of a commercially manufactured AA particle impactor poses an issue if attached to a mobile AA particle sampling platform such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). In this study a lightweight plastic AA impactor is designed and fabricated using Autodesk AutoCAD 2016 and a Formlabs Form 2 SLA 3-D printer.

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Chemistry Commons