Jinbao Han1, Bin Han2, Penghui Li1,4, Shaofei Kong1, Zhipeng Bai 2, Dehui Han3, Xiaoyan Dou3, Xudong Zhao3

  • 1 College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
  • 2 Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, Beijing 100012, China
  • 3 Qinghai Environmental Monitoring Center, Xining, Qinghai 810007, China
  • 4 Environmental Science and Safety Engineering, Tianjin University of Technology, Tianjin 300191, China

Received: January 29, 2013
Revised: September 8, 2013
Accepted: September 8, 2013
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2013.01.0027  

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Han, J., Han, B., Li, P., Kong, S., Bai, Z., Han, D., Dou, X. and Zhao, X. (2014). Chemical Characterizations of PM10 Profiles for Major Emission Sources in Xining, Northwestern China. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 14: 1017-1027. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2013.01.0027



The chemical profiles of emission sources are indispensable for source apportionment using receptor models. To develop current knowledge of PM10 profiles, the chemical composition of major emission sources were analyzed in Xining. Samples of geological sources (soil dust, road dust and construction derived dust) and industrial fly ash were collected from representative portions using a plastic dustpan and brush and sampled on filters through a re-suspension chamber. Samples of coal combustion source and vehicle exhaust were collected directly on the filters using a dilution stack sampler. Chemical analysis included inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for 19 elements (Na, P, K, As, Rb, Mo, Cd, Sn, Sb, La, V, Cr, Mn, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, T1, and Pb), inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry for 7 elements (Al, Sr, Mg, Ti, Ca, Fe, and Si), ion chromatography for water-soluble ions (Na+, K+, Mg2+, Ca2+, F, Cl, NO3 and SO42–) and thermal/optical reflectance analysis for carbonaceous species.

Crustal elements (Si, Al, Ca, Fe) predominated in geological sources, whereas trace elements (Pb, Cd, Cr, Zn and Ni) were predominant in industrial fly ash. An abundance of carbon and SO42– was present in coal-combustion source and vehicle exhaust. The coal-combustion boilers were a source of trace elements (Ti, Co, Sr, Sb, Tl). High concentrations of Pb and OC in soil indicated the strong influence of agriculture activities in Xining. Comparison of vehicle exhaust profiles indicated that natural gas was high environmental friendliness in comparison with petroleum products used as motor vehicles fuel. Differences in EC, Cd and NO3 between natural gas-powered and gasoline- or diesel-powered vehicle exhaust can be used to differentiate the two types of vehicle emission sources. Differences in source profiles and indicator species between Xining and other cities suggest that source profiles should be developed locally and updated frequently.

Keywords: PM10; Source profiles; Source apportionment; Air pollution; Chemical species; Indicator species

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