Public Lab Wiki documentation

Dust Sampling

184 views | Last edited by warren almost 2 years ago | #15247

« Back to Air Quality

Dust sampling can be done with a filter, a sticky pad, or other techniques, and can help in assessing particulate air pollution (#pm or #dust) -- see for more.

This is also a helpful prerequisite step for viewing particulate pollution through a microscope, if it's big enough to be seen!


Please help build out this resource by asking questions here:

Title Author Updated Likes
What are some ways to collect dust or particulate samples for analysis? @warren almost 2 years ago
What is the scenario under which you would use an optical vs. a passive monitor to measure dust? @kgradow1 almost 2 years ago
How does the EPA measure things, especially the size of dust particles? @kgradow1 almost 2 years ago
How big are silica particles, in microns? @warren about 2 years ago
How big are smoke particles, in microns? @warren about 2 years ago
Are there any methods to distinguish where particulate matter in the air comes from? @stevie over 2 years ago
Can PM4 be monitored with the MiniVol? @mathew over 2 years ago
Can a passive dust monitoring housing be made from a cheaper/easier material? @warren almost 3 years ago
What kind/size of microdust does activated carbon give off & how much of a concern is it? @jfrankamp almost 3 years ago

Ask a question  or help answer future questions on this topic


Add an activity  or request an activity guide you don't see listed

Activities should include a materials list, costs and a step-by-step guide to construction with photos. Learn what makes a good activity here.

We would love to see guides to collecting dust for analysis. If you know of a technique, or an online or print resource for this, please share it as an activity above!

Public Lab is open for anyone and will always be free. By signing up you'll join a diverse group of community researchers and tap into a lot of grassroots expertise.

Sign up