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Volume 7, No. 2, June 2007, Pages 260-276 PDF(421 KB)  
doi: 10.4209/aaqr.2007.03.0020   

Contamination of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons Bound to PM10/PM2.5 in Xiamen, China

X.H. Wang1, C.X. Ye1, H.L. Yin1, M.Z. Zhuang2, S.P. Wu1, J.L. Mu1, H.S. Hong1

1 State Key Laboratory of Marine Environmental Science/Environmental Science Research Center, Xiamen University, Xiamen, China
2 Xiamen Environmental Monitoring Central Station, Xiamen, China

 

Abstract

 

PM10 (particulate matter which passes through a size selective impactor inlet with a 50% efficiency cut-off at 10 µm aerodynamic diameter) and PM2.5 were collected at four sites (A: Xiaoping, B: Huli, C: Hongwen, D: Gulang Island) from December 20, 2004 to December 29, 2004 in Xiamen. 16 Priority polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in PM10/PM2.5 were quantified by using a gas chromatograph/mass spectrometer (GC/MS). EC and OC of PM10 were analyzed by Thermal/Optical Carbon Analyzer (DRI Model 2001). Concentration, spatial distributions of PAHs and EC/OC were studied and their main sources were identified by diagnostic ratios, correlation analysis and EC/OC analysis. Among the different sampling sites, concentrations of Σ16PAHs were 5.20-28.07 ng/m3 in PM10 and 3.04-11.32 ng/m3 in PM2.5. Concentration of OC were 9.83-15.6 μg/m3 and 1.41-4.73 μg/m3 for EC associated to PM10. The main sources identified were traffic emissions and industry emission/coal combustion.

 

 

Keywords: PAHs; EC/OC; Source identification; Xiamen.

 

 

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