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Volume 14, No. 7, December 2014, Pages 2051-2066 PDF(954 KB)  
doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2014.03.0048   

PM2.5 Chemical Source Profiles of Emissions Resulting from Industrial and Domestic Burning Activities in India

JeevanLal Matawle1, Shamsh Pervez1, Shippi Dewangan1, Suresh Tiwari2, Deewan Singh Bisht2, Yasmeen F. Pervez3

1 School of Studies in Chemistry, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur-492010(C.G.), India
2 Indian Institute of Tropical and Meteorology (IITM), New Delhi, India
3 Chhatrpati Shivaji Institute of Technology, Durg 491001, India


  • Eleven major sources of PM2.5, profiles have been developed.
  • Each profile comprises 21 elements, 9 ionic, EC and OC fractions.
  • Source profile includes industrial and household fuel burning stationary sources.
  • Different statistical approaches have been performed to define acceptability.



A study has been performed to develop PM2.5 (particles with aerodynamic diameters ≤ 2.5) chemically speciated source profiles of different industrial and domestic burning practices in India. A total of fifty-five PM2.5 samples have been collected in emissions resulting from (1) industrial furnaces, (2) household fuels, (3) municipal solid waste burning, and (4) welding workshop burning practices, and categorized for eleven subtypes of sources. The collected samples were subjected to chemical analysis for twenty-one elemental (Al, As, Ca, Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Hg, K, Mg, Mn, Mo, Na, Ni, Pb, S, Sb, Se, V, Zn), nine ionic (Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, NH4+, Cl, F, NO3, SO42–), OC, and EC source indicator species using atomic absorption spectrometry, ion chromatography and carbon analysis (thermal/optical transmittance method), respectively. The carbonaceous fraction was most abundant in household fuel burning emissions (47.6 ± 7.45% to 65.92 ± 13.13%). The ionic/elemental ratios of major inorganic constituents (Ca2+/Ca, Mg2+/Mg and Na+/Na) have been identified to describe the PM2.5 emissions from combustion or re-suspension dusts during industrial activities. Brick Kiln processes (BKP) have been identified as the major emitter of the highest number of toxic species (Cd, Co, Mo, Sb and V), followed by steel re-rolling mills (Hg and Pb) and steel processing industries (As, Ni). The source marker calculations also confirmed that K+, Mn, and As are good markers for biomass burning, metallurgical industrial emission, and coal burning, respectively, similar to the findings in previous studies.



Keywords: Source profiles; PM2.5; Source markers; Industrial source; Household fuel burning emission.



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