Jing Zhang1,2, Lin Wu1, Xiaozhen Fang1, Fenghua Li1, Zhiwen Yang1, Ting Wang1, Hongjun Mao 1, Enqi Wei 2

Centre for Urban Transport Emission Research (CUTER), College of Environmental Science and Engineering, Nankai University, Tianjin 300071, China
Tianjin Eco-Environmental Monitoring Center, Tianjin 300191, China

Received: October 26, 2017
Revised: March 5, 2018
Accepted: March 11, 2018
Download Citation: ||https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2017.10.0383  

Cite this article:
Zhang, J., Wu, L., Fang, X., Li, F., Yang, Z., Wang, T., Mao, H. and Wei, E. (2018). Elemental Composition and Health Risk Assessment of PM10 and PM2.5 in the Roadside Microenvironment in Tianjin, China. Aerosol Air Qual. Res. 18: 1817-1827. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2017.10.0383


  • Elements of PM10 and PM2.5 at roadside microenvironment were determined.
  • Cd, Sb, Zn, Cu, Pb, As, Ni mainly came from anthropogenic sources.
  • Non-exhaust was the main source of elements of PM at roadside microenvironment.
  • Cancer risks of As and Cr were within the tolerance level.



To determine the elemental composition and health risk of particles in the roadside microenvironment, particulate matter samples (PM10 and PM2.5) were collected at the side of four roads in winter, spring, and summer of 2015. The total concentrations of crustal and trace elements and the average concentrations of most single elements followed the sequence of spring, winter, and summer. Crustal elements accounted for 18.9%, 13.2%, and 9.3% of the PM10 and 15.1%, 11.2%, and 18.8% of the PM2.5 in the three seasons, respectively. On average, Zn contributed the largest share, accounting for 34.0%, 32.2%, and 34.2% of the total trace elements in PM10 and for 35.2%, 28.3%, and 35.6% in the PM2.5 for winter, spring, and summer, respectively. The enrichment factor results showed that Mn, K, Na, Co, and Si originated in crustal sources; V, Ca, Mg, Mo, Cr, Fe, Ti, and Ba were derived from both anthropogenic and crustal sources; and Cd, Sb, Zn, Cu, Pb, As, and Ni were largely derived from anthropogenic sources. The results of principal component analysis explained 72.64% of the total variance for PM10 and 78.76% of the variance for PM2.5. Possible sources include resuspended road dust, vehicular exhaust, fugitive dust (road dust and soil dust), and tire/brake wear. The respective ratios of Fe/Al, Mn/V, Cu/Sb, Cu/Zn, Zn/Pb, V/Ni, and Cu/Pb in this study were 0.58, 2.87, 11.07, 0.28, 1.23, 1.34, and 4.45 for PM10 and 1.07, 0.83, 23.07, 0.44, 1.83, 1.60, and 4.18 for PM2.5. Accumulative non-cancerous toxic elements in winter and spring may pose risks to roadside workers via inhalation. The integrated cancer risks (CR) of As, Co, Cd, Cr, Ni, and Pb in PM2.5 and PM10 ranged from 1.58E-05 to 4.95E-05 CR.

Keywords: Elemental composition; Roadside microenvironment; Source identification; Health risk assessment.


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