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  • Du, Wei; Dada, Lubna; Zhao, Jian; Chen, Xueshun; Dällenbach, Kaspar; Xie, Conghui; Wang, Weigang; He, Yao; Cai, Jing; Yao, Lei; Zhang, Yingjie; Wang, Qingqing; Xu, Weiqi; Wang, Yuying; Tang, Guiqian; Cheng, Xueling; Kokkonen, Tom V.; Zhou, Wei; Yan, Chao; Chu, Biwu; Zha, Qiaozhi; Hakala, Simo; Kurppa, Mona; Jarvi, Leena; Liu, Yongchun; Li, Zhanqing; Ge, Maofa; Fu, Pingqing; Nie, Wei; Bianchi, Federico; Petäjä, Tuukka; Paasonen, Pauli; Wang, Zifa; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Kerminen, Veli-Matti; Kulmala, Markku; Sun, Yele (2021)
    The role of new particle formation (NPF) events and their contribution to haze formation through subsequent growth in polluted megacities is still controversial. To improve the understanding of the sources, meteorological conditions, and chemistry behind air pollution, we performed simultaneous measurements of aerosol composition and particle number size distributions at ground level and at 260 m in central Beijing, China, during a total of 4 months in 2015-2017. Our measurements show a pronounced decoupling of gas-to-particle conversion between the two heights, leading to different haze processes in terms of particle size distributions and chemical compositions. The development of haze was initiated by the growth of freshly formed particles at both heights, whereas the more severe haze at ground level was connected directly to local primary particles and gaseous precursors leading to higher particle growth rates. The particle growth creates a feedback loop, in which a further development of haze increases the atmospheric stability, which in turn strengthens the persisting apparent decoupling between the two heights and increases the severity of haze at ground level. Moreover, we complemented our field observations with model analyses, which suggest that the growth of NPF-originated particles accounted up to similar to 60% of the accumulation mode particles in the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei area during haze conditions. The results suggest that a reduction in anthropogenic gaseous precursors, suppressing particle growth, is a critical step for alleviating haze although the number concentration of freshly formed particles (3-40 nm) via NPF does not reduce after emission controls.
  • Crenn, V.; Sciare, J.; Croteau, P. L.; Verlhac, S.; Froehlich, R.; Belis, C. A.; Aas, W.; Äijälä, M.; Alastuey, A.; Artinano, B.; Baisnee, D.; Bonnaire, N.; Bressi, M.; Canagaratna, M.; Canonaco, F.; Carbone, C.; Cavalli, F.; Coz, E.; Cubison, M. J.; Esser-Gietl, J. K.; Green, D. C.; Gros, V.; Heikkinen, L.; Herrmann, H.; Lunder, C.; Minguillon, M. C.; Mocnik, G.; O'Dowd, C. D.; Ovadnevaite, J.; Petit, J. -E.; Petralia, E.; Poulain, L.; Priestman, M.; Riffault, V.; Ripoll, A.; Sarda-Esteve, R.; Slowik, J. G.; Setyan, A.; Wiedensohler, A.; Baltensperger, U.; Prevot, A. S. H.; Jayne, J. T.; Favez, O. (2015)
    As part of the European ACTRIS project, the first large Quadrupole Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (Q-ACSM) intercomparison study was conducted in the region of Paris for 3 weeks during the late-fall-early-winter period (November-December 2013). The first week was dedicated to the tuning and calibration of each instrument, whereas the second and third were dedicated to side-by-side comparison in ambient conditions with co-located instruments providing independent information on submicron aerosol optical, physical, and chemical properties. Near real-time measurements of the major chemical species (organic matter, sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, and chloride) in the non-refractory submicron aerosols (NR-PM1) were obtained here from 13 Q-ACSM. The results show that these instruments can produce highly comparable and robust measurements of the NR-PM1 total mass and its major components. Taking the median of the 13 Q-ACSM as a reference for this study, strong correlations (r(2) > 0.9) were observed systematically for each individual Q-ACSM across all chemical families except for chloride for which three Q-ACSMs showing weak correlations partly due to the very low concentrations during the study. Reproducibility expanded uncertainties of Q-ACSM concentration measurements were determined using appropriate methodologies defined by the International Standard Organization (ISO 17025, 1999) and were found to be 9, 15, 19, 28, and 36% for NR-PM1, nitrate, organic matter, sulfate, and ammonium, respectively. However, discrepancies were observed in the relative concentrations of the constituent mass fragments for each chemical component. In particular, significant differences were observed for the organic fragment at mass-to-charge ratio 44, which is a key parameter describing the oxidation state of organic aerosol. Following this first major intercomparison exercise of a large number of Q-ACSMs, detailed intercomparison results are presented, along with a discussion of some recommendations about best calibration practices, standardized data processing, and data treatment.
  • Fan, Xiaolong; Cai, Jing; Yan, Chao; Zhao, Jian; Guo, Yishuo; Li, Chang; Dällenbach, Kaspar; Zheng, Feixue; Lin, Zhuohui; Chu, Biwu; Wang, Yonghong; Dada, Lubna; Zha, Qiaozhi; Du, Wei; Kontkanen, Jenni; Kurten, Theo; Iyer, Siddhart; Kujansuu, Joni T.; Petäjä, Tuukka; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Kerminen, Veli-Matti; Liu, Yongchun; Bianchi, Federico; Tham, Yee Jun; Yao, Lei; Kulmala, Markku (2021)
    Gaseous hydrochloric (HCl) and hydrobromic acid (HBr) are vital halogen species that play essential roles in tropospheric physicochemical processes. Yet, the majority of the current studies on these halogen species were conducted in marine or coastal areas. Detection and source identification of HCl and HBr in inland urban areas remain scarce, thus limiting the full understanding of halogen chemistry and potential atmospheric impacts in the environments with limited influence from the marine sources. Here, both gaseous HCl and HBr were concurrently measured in urban Beijing, China, during winter and early spring of 2019. We observed significant HCl and HBr concentrations ranging from a minimum value at 1 x 10(8) molecules cm(-3) (4 ppt) and 4 x 10(7) molecules cm 3 (1 ppt) up to 6 x 10(9) molecules cm(-3) (222 ppt) and 1 x 10(9) molecules cm(-3) (37 ppt), respectively. The HCl and HBr concentrations are enhanced along with the increase of atmospheric temperature, UVB and levels of gaseous HNO3. Based on the air mass analysis and high correlations of HCl and HBr with the burning indicators (HCN and HCNO), gaseous HCl and HBr are found to be related to anthropogenic burning aerosols. The gas-particle partitioning may also play a dominant role in the elevated daytime HCl and HBr. During the daytime, the reactions of HCl and HBr with OH radicals lead to significant production of atomic Cl and Br, up to 2 x 10(4) molecules cm(-3) s(-1) and 8 x 10(4) molecules cm(-3) s(-1), respectively. The production rate of atomic Br (via HBr + OH) is 2-3 times higher than that of atomic Cl (via HCl + OH), highlighting the potential importance of bromine chemistry in the urban area. On polluted days, the production rates of atomic Cl and Br are faster than those on clean days. Furthermore, our observations of elevated HCl and HBr may suggest an important recycling pathway of halogen species in inland megacities and may provide a plausible explanation for the widespread halogen chemistry, which could affect the atmospheric oxidation in China.
  • Li, Xiaoxiao; Song, Shaojie; Zhou, Wei; Hao, Jiming; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Jiang, Jingkun (2019)
    Aerosol liquid water (ALW) is ubiquitous in ambient aerosol and plays an important role in the formation of both aerosol organics and inorganics. To investigate the interactions between ALW and aerosol organics during haze formation and evolution, ALW was modelled based on long-term measurement of submicron aerosol composition in different seasons in Beijing. ALW contributed by aerosol inorganics (ALW(inorg)) was modelled by ISORROPIA II, and ALW contributed by organics (ALW(org)) was estimated with kappa-Kohler theory, where the real-time hygroscopicity parameter of the organics (kappa(org)) was calculated from the real-time organic oxygen-to-carbon ratio (O/C). Overall particle hygroscopicity (kappa(total)) was computed by weighting component hygroscopicity parameters based on their volume fractions in the mixture. We found that ALW(org), which is often neglected in traditional ALW modelling, contributes a significant fraction (18 %-32 %) to the total ALW in Beijing. The ALW(org) fraction is largest on the cleanest days when both the organic fraction and kappa(org) are relatively high. The large variation in O/C, from 0.2 to 1.3, indicates the wide variety of organic components. This emphasizes the necessity of using real-time kappa(org), instead of fixed kappa(org), to calculate ALW(org) in Beijing. The significant variation in K org (calculated from O/C), together with highly variable organic or inorganic volume fractions, leads to a wide range of kappa(total) (between 0.20 and 0.45), which has a great impact on water uptake. The variation in organic O/C, or derived K org , was found to be influenced by temperature (T), ALW, and aerosol mass concentrations, among which T and ALW both have promoting effects on O/C. During high-ALW haze episodes, although the organic fraction decreases rapidly, O/C and derived K org increase with the increase in ALW, suggesting the formation of more soluble organics via heterogeneous uptake or aqueous processes. A positive feedback loop is thus formed: during high-ALW episodes, increasing kappa(org), together with decreasing particle organic fraction (or increasing particle inorganic fraction), increases kappa(total), and thus further promotes the ability of particles to uptake water.
  • Cai, Jing; Chu, Biwu; Yao, Lei; Yan, Chao; Heikkinen, Liine M.; Zheng, Feixue; Li, Chang; Fan, Xiaolong; Zhang, Shaojun; Yang, Daoyuan; Wang, Yonghong; Kokkonen, Tom V.; Chan, Tommy; Zhou, Ying; Dada, Lubna; Liu, Yongchun; He, Hong; Paasonen, Pauli; Kujansuu, Joni T.; Petäjä, Tuukka; Mohr, Claudia; Kangasluoma, Juha; Bianchi, Federico; Sun, Yele; Croteau, Philip L.; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Kerminen, Veli-Matti; Du, Wei; Kulmala, Markku; Dällenbach, Kaspar (2020)
    Although secondary particulate matter is reported to be the main contributor of PM2.5 during haze in Chinese megacities, primary particle emissions also affect particle concentrations. In order to improve estimates of the contribution of primary sources to the particle number and mass concentrations, we performed source apportionment analyses using both chemical fingerprints and particle size distributions measured at the same site in urban Beijing from April to July 2018. Both methods resolved factors related to primary emissions, including vehicular emissions and cooking emissions, which together make up 76% and 24% of total particle number and organic aerosol (OA) mass, respectively. Similar source types, including particles related to vehicular emissions (1.6 +/- 1.1 mu gm(-3); 2.4 +/- 1.8 x 10(3) cm(-3) and 5.5 +/- 2.8 x 10(3) cm(-3) for two traffic-related components), cooking emissions (2.6 +/- 1.9 mu gm(-3) and 5.5 +/- 3.3 x 10(3) cm(-3)) and secondary aerosols (51 +/- 41 mu gm(-3) and 4.2 +/- 3.0 x 10(3) cm(-3)), were resolved by both methods. Converted mass concentrations from particle size distributions components were comparable with those from chemical fingerprints. Size distribution source apportionment separated vehicular emissions into a component with a mode diameter of 20 nm ("traffic-ultrafine") and a component with a mode diameter of 100 nm ("traffic-fine"). Consistent with similar day- and nighttime diesel vehicle PM2.5 emissions estimated for the Beijing area, traffic-fine particles, hydrocarbon-like OA (HOA, traffic-related factor resulting from source apportionment using chemical fingerprints) and black carbon (BC) showed similar diurnal patterns, with higher concentrations during the night and morning than during the afternoon when the boundary layer is higher. Traffic-ultrafine particles showed the highest concentrations during the rush-hour period, suggesting a prominent role of local gasoline vehicle emissions. In the absence of new particle formation, our re-sults show that vehicular-related emissions (14% and 30% for ultrafine and fine particles, respectively) and cooking-activity-related emissions (32 %) dominate the particle number concentration, while secondary particulate matter (over 80 %) governs PM2.5 mass during the non-heating season in Beijing.
  • Freney, Evelyn; Zhang, Yunjiang; Croteau, Philip; Amodeo, Tanguy; Williams, Leah; Truong, François; Petit, Jean-Eudes; Sciare, Jean; Sarda-Esteve, Roland; Bonnaire, Nicolas; Arumae, Tarvo; Aurela, Minna; Bougiatioti, Aikaterini; Mihalopoulos, Nikolaos; Coz, Esther; Artinano, Begoña; Crenn, Vincent; Elste, Thomas; Heikkinen, Liine; Poulain, Laurent; Wiedensohler, Alfred; Herrmann, Hartmut; Priestman, Max; Alastuey, Andres; Stavroulas, Iasonas; Tobler, Anna; Vasilescu, Jeni; Zanca, Nicola; Canagaratna, Manjula; Carbone, Claudio; Flentje, Harald; Priestman, Max; Maasikmets, Marek; Marmureanu, Luminita; Minguillon, Maria Cruz; Prevot, Andre S. H.; Gros, Valerie; Jayne, John; Favez, Olivier (2019)
    AbstractThis work describes results obtained from the 2016 Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) intercomparison exercise performed at the Aerosol Chemical Monitor Calibration Center (ACMCC, France). Fifteen quadrupole ACSMs (Q_ACSM) from the European Research Infrastructure for the observation of Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases (ACTRIS) network were calibrated using a new procedure that acquires calibration data under the same operating conditions as those used during sampling and hence gets information representative of instrument performance. The new calibration procedure notably resulted in a decrease in the spread of the measured sulfate mass concentrations, improving the reproducibility of inorganic species measurements between ACSMs as well as the consistency with co-located independent instruments. Tested calibration procedures also allowed for the investigation of artifacts in individual instruments, such as the overestimation of m/z 44 from organic aerosol. This effect was quantified by the m/z (mass-to-charge) 44 to nitrate ratio measured during ammonium nitrate calibrations, with values ranging from 0.03 to 0.26, showing that it can be significant for some instruments. The fragmentation table correction previously proposed to account for this artifact was applied to the measurements acquired during this study. For some instruments (those with high artifacts), this fragmentation table adjustment led to an ?overcorrection? of the f44 (m/z 44/Org) signal. This correction based on measurements made with pure NH4NO3, assumes that the magnitude of the artifact is independent of chemical composition. Using data acquired at different NH4NO3 mixing ratios (from solutions of NH4NO3 and (NH4)2SO4) we observe that the magnitude of the artifact varies as a function of composition. Here we applied an updated correction, dependent on the ambient NO3 mass fraction, which resulted in an improved agreement in organic signal among instruments. This work illustrates the benefits of integrating new calibration procedures and artifact corrections, but also highlights the benefits of these intercomparison exercises to continue to improve our knowledge of how these instruments operate, and assist us in interpreting atmospheric chemistry.