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Dr. Kebbekus, former NJIT professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, was a pioneer in analytical chemistry applied to air pollution monitoring. Co-founding the Air Pollution Research Lab at NJIT in the 1980s, she and her colleagues developed sensitive techniques for including volatile chlorinated solvents. Maps of the levels pollutants across NJ inspired stricted air pollution control regulations from the state and DC. her later work on indoor air monitoring helped to identify dangerous levels of pollutants from once-popular kerosene heaters. On the left is a device used by Dr. Kebbekus to analyze the “soup” of pollutants in NJ air. This glass capillary column is part of a gas chromatograph. With a concentrated sample of NJ air as input, the dozens of compounds travel through the column at different speeds, each exiting the column onto a detector at various times. The timing and size of the results indicated the concentration of pollutants.

Dimensions

(Including stand) 24.8 x 21.5 x 5.5 cm

Photgrapher

Matthew J. Brown

Photo Date

03/13/2020

Materials

Metal, plastic

Approximate Date

1980s

Collection

Distributed Museum

Provenance

NJIT Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science

Keywords

pollution, kebekkus, scientific instrument, measuring instrument, environment, environmental science

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