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Wednesday, January 19 • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
The absorption of NOx by using NaOH

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NO2, a nitric oxide or NOx, is a gas found in the atmosphere, especially near roadways and in emissions. Ozone is formed when NOx and potentially hazardous organic compounds such as excess O2 and NO reacts with heat and sunlight to form NO2, which potentially leads to form other sorts of NOx. In vehicles, existence of NOx is 2-3 times higher than nearby area wide monitors. From gathered data by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NO2 is 30-100% higher near roadways than concentrations away from roadways. When NOx reacts with ammonia, moisture, and other compounds, it forms small particles which penetrate into sensitive parts of the lung, when inhaled, and can cause and worsen respiratory disease, heart disease, and lead to premature death. Exposure to NO2 can cause respiratory effects, such as asthma and affects people living in housing units close to major highways, railroads, and airports. This affects particularly the elderly, children, and asthma asthmatics. The absorption of NOx by using a strong base could potentially reduce the amount of NOx present in the atmosphere. Thus, simulataneously, reducing NOx in the atmosphere, can also help reduce the risks of repiratory effects for asthmatics, the elderly, and children.


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Wednesday January 19, 2011 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Glass Oaks Main Floor - Side Wing