Comparison of physicochemical properties between fine (PM2.5) and coarse airborne particles at cold season in Korea

Sungwook Choung, Jungsun Oh, Weon Shik Han, Chul Min Chon, Youngsang Kwon, Do Yeon Kim, Woosik Shin

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Abstract

Although it has been well-known that atmospheric aerosols affect negatively the local air quality, human health, and climate changes, the chemical and physical properties of atmospheric aerosols are not fully understood yet. This study experimentally measured the physiochemical characteristics of fine and coarse aerosol particles at the suburban area to evaluate relative contribution to environmental pollution in consecutive seasons of autumn and winter, 2014-2015, using XRD, SEM-EDX, XNI, ICP-MS, and TOF-SIMS. For these experimental works, the fine and coarse aerosols were collected by the high volume air sampler for 7 days each season. The fine particles contain approximately 10 μg m-3 of carbonaceous aerosols consisting of 90% organic and 10% elemental carbon. The spherical-shape carbonaceous particles were observed for the coarse samples as well. Interestingly, the coarse particles in winter showed the increased frequency of carbon-rich particles with high contents of heavy metals. These results suggest that, for the cold season, the coarse particles could contribute relatively more to the conveyance of toxic contaminants compared to the fine particles in the study area. However, the fine particles showed acidic properties so that their deposition to surface may cause facilitate the increase of mobility for toxic heavy metals in soil and groundwater environments. The fine and coarse particulate matters, therefore, should be monitored separately with temporal variation to evaluate the impact of atmospheric aerosols to environmental pollution and human health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1132-1138
Number of pages7
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Volume541
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 15

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Atmospheric aerosols
physicochemical property
Aerosols
Poisons
Heavy Metals
Heavy metals
aerosol
Pollution
Carbon
Health
Particulate Matter
Secondary ion mass spectrometry
Air quality
Climate change
Chemical properties
Particles (particulate matter)
Groundwater
Energy dispersive spectroscopy
Physical properties
Impurities

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution

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Choung, Sungwook ; Oh, Jungsun ; Han, Weon Shik ; Chon, Chul Min ; Kwon, Youngsang ; Kim, Do Yeon ; Shin, Woosik. / Comparison of physicochemical properties between fine (PM2.5) and coarse airborne particles at cold season in Korea. In: Science of the Total Environment. 2016 ; Vol. 541. pp. 1132-1138.
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