Polar organic compounds measured in fine particulate matter during TexAQS 2000

Zhiwei Yue, Matthew Fraser

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Abstract

Fine particle samples were collected at three sites in the Houston area during TexAQS 2000. Polar organic species including levoglucosan, n-alkanoic acids, n-alkenoic acids and dicarboxylic acids were quantified to characterize the composition of local ambient organic aerosols. Levoglucosan, a tracer for biomass burning, was measured as a dominant compound, followed by n-alkanoic acids. The compound distribution of higher molecular weight n-alkanoic acids (≥C22) was consistent with biogenic emission sources. n-Alkenoic acids exhibit variable concentrations during sampling period with high ratios of octadecanoic to octadecenoic acid. The concentrations of dicarboxylic acids are compared with unapportioned organic carbon calculated by the chemical mass balancing technique. This correlation supports the conclusion that diacids are generated by photochemical reactions and contribute to the unapportioned organic mass. Data collected during a regional wood smoke episode are used to examine the influence of wood combustion to ambient particulate matter concentrations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3253-3261
Number of pages9
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Volume38
Issue number20
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004
Externally publishedYes

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Carboxylic acids
Organic compounds
particulate matter
organic compound
acid
Acids
Wood
Photochemical reactions
Organic carbon
Smoke
Aerosols
Biomass
biogenic emission
Molecular weight
Sampling
biomass burning
smoke
Chemical analysis
combustion
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Keywords

  • Dicarboxylic acids
  • EPA fine particulate matter supersites
  • Levoglucosan
  • n-Alkanoic acids
  • n-Alkenoic acids
  • PM2.5

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Pollution

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Polar organic compounds measured in fine particulate matter during TexAQS 2000. / Yue, Zhiwei; Fraser, Matthew.

In: Atmospheric Environment, Vol. 38, No. 20, 06.2004, p. 3253-3261.

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