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Chemical Characteristics of Submicron Particles in Winter in Xi’an

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Volume: 9 | Issue: 1 | Pages: 80-93
DOI: 10.4209/aaqr.2008.10.0050
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Zhenxing Shen 1,2, Junji Cao1,2, Zhi Tong3, Suixin Liu2, Lingala Siva Sankara Reddy2, Yuemei Han1, Ting Zhang2, Juan Zhou1

  • 1 State Key Laboratory of Multiphase Flow in Power Engineering, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an 710049, China
  • 2 SKLLQG, Institute of Earth Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xi'an 710075, China
  • 3 College of Environment and Chemical, Xi’an Polytechnic University, Xi’an, 710048, China


Daily submicron aerosol samples (PM1, particles less than 1 µm in diameter) were collected continuously from Dec. 1 to Dec. 31, 2006 and the concentrations of 11 water-soluble ions (Na+, NH4+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, F-, Cl-, Br-, NO2-, NO3- and SO42-) and elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC) were determined in the filter samples to characterize the chemical composition of PM1 over Xi’an during winter. The mean PM1 mass concentration was 149.7 μg/m3. Water-soluble ions were dominant chemical species and occupied to 46% of PM1 mass. Na+, NH4+, Ca2+, Cl-, SO42- and NO3- were the major species of ionic compounds, which accounted for 95.3% of total ions concentration. The average OC and EC concentrations were 23.7 ± 10.27 μg/m3 and 4.6 ± 1.8 μg/m3, respectively. Carbonaceous aerosol is another major component of PM1, and total carbonaceous aerosol occupied to 27.5% of PM1 mass. High OC and OC/EC ratio were found in Xi’an in comparison with the past studies in Hong Kong and Taipei. Factor analysis on the eight carbon fractions shows that coal combustion and gasoline automobile exhaust, diesel automobile exhaust, and biomass burning were found to be statistically significant and explained 93% of the carbonaceous aerosols contributions.


PM1 Water-soluble ions Carbonaceous aerosol

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