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Single Particle Characterization Using the Soot Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (Sp-ams) : Volume 14, Issue 10 (12/06/2014)

By Lee, A. K. Y.

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Title: Single Particle Characterization Using the Soot Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (Sp-ams) : Volume 14, Issue 10 (12/06/2014)  
Author: Lee, A. K. Y.
Volume: Vol. 14, Issue 10
Language: English
Subject: Science, Atmospheric, Chemistry
Collections: Periodicals: Journal and Magazine Collection, Copernicus GmbH
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Publisher: Copernicus Gmbh, Göttingen, Germany
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Healy, R. M., Onasch, T. B., Willis, M. D., D. Abbat, J. P., & Y. Le, A. K. (2014). Single Particle Characterization Using the Soot Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (Sp-ams) : Volume 14, Issue 10 (12/06/2014). Retrieved from

Description: Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Understanding the impact of atmospheric black carbon (BC) containing particles on human health and radiative forcing requires knowledge of the mixing state of BC, including the characteristics of the materials with which it is internally mixed. In this study, we demonstrate for the first time the capabilities of the Aerodyne Soot-Particle Aerosol Mass Spectrometer equipped with a light scattering module (LS-SP-AMS) to examine the mixing state of refractory BC (rBC) and other aerosol components in an urban environment (downtown Toronto). K-means clustering analysis was used to classify single particle mass spectra into chemically distinct groups. One resultant cluster is dominated by rBC mass spectral signals (C1+ to C5+) while the organic signals fall into a few major clusters, identified as hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol (HOA), oxygenated organic aerosol (OOA), and cooking emission organic aerosol (COA). A nearly external mixing is observed with small BC particles only thinly coated by HOA (∼28% by mass on average), while over 90% of the HOA-rich particles did not contain detectable amounts of rBC. Most of the particles classified into other inorganic and organic clusters were not significantly associated with BC. The single particle results also suggest that HOA and COA emitted from anthropogenic sources were likely major contributors to organic-rich particles with low to mid-range aerodynamic diameter (dva). The similar temporal profiles and mass spectral features of the organic clusters and the factors from a positive matrix factorization (PMF) analysis of the ensemble aerosol dataset validate the conventional interpretation of the PMF results.

Single particle characterization using the soot particle aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS)

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