Chemical mass closure and chemical characteristics of ambient ultrafine particles and other PM fractions

Sheng-Chieh Chen, Chuen Jinn Tsai, Cheng Yu Huang, Hong Dar Chen, Shui Jen Chen, Chih Chung Lin, Jen Hsiung Tsai, Charles C.K. Chou, S. C.Candice Lung, Wei Ru Huang, Gwo Dong Roam, Wan Yi Wu, Jiri Smolik, Lucie Dzumbova

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Ambient ultrafine particles (UPs or PM0.1), PM2.5 and PM10 were investigated at the roadside of Syuefu road in Hsinchu city and in the Syueshan highway tunnel in Taipei, Taiwan. A SMPS (TSI Model 3936), three Dichotomous samplers (Andersen Model SA-241), and three MOUDIs (MSP Model 110) were collocated to determine the PM number and mass concentrations simultaneously. The filter samples were further analyzed for organic carbon (OC), element carbon (EC), water-soluble ions, and trace elements. The OC artifact was studied and quantified using the quartz behind quartz (QBQ) method for all PM fractions. Taking into account the OC artifact, chemical mass closure (ratio of the reconstructed chemical mass to the gravimetrical mass) of PM 0.1, PM2.5, and PM10 was then calculated and found to be good. The chemical analysis results of UPs at both sites showed that UPs in the present tunnel was mostly contributed from the vehicle emissions while UPs at the roadside was mainly influenced by urban sources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)713-723
Number of pages11
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2010

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Received 27 June 2009; accepted 10 April 2010. The financial support of the Taiwan EPA (EPA-96-U1U1-02-104 and EPA-97-U1U1-02-106) is gratefully acknowledged. Address correspondence to Chuen-Jinn Tsai, Institute of Environmental Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. E-mail:


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