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Title: Morphology and property investigation of primary particulate matter particles from different sources

Particulate matter (PM) pollution has become a major environmental concern in many developing countries. PM pollution control remains a great challenge owing to the complex sources and evolution processes of PM particles. There are two categories of PM, i.e., primary and secondary PM particles, and the primary PM emissions play a key role in the formation of PM pollution. Knowledge of primary PM particle compositions, sources, and evolution processes is of great importance to the effective control of PM pollution. In order to characterize PM particles effectively, their fundamental properties including the morphology, concentration distribution, surface chemistry, and composition must be systematically investigated. In this study, we collected and analyzed six types of PM 10 and PM 2.5 particles from different sources using an in situ sampling approach. The concentration distributions of PM particles were analyzed and comparative analysis of the morphologies, distributions, capture mechanisms, and compositions of PM particles was conducted using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. We found that there were significant differences in the structures, morphologies, and capture mechanisms of PM 2.5 and PM 10 particles. As a result, the systematic comparative investigation in this work will benefit themore » study of evolution processes and the effective control of PM pollution in the future.« less
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  1. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States)
  2. Stanford Univ., Stanford, CA (United States); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Journal Name:
Nano Research
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 11; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 1998-0124
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
77 NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY; particulate matter 2.5 (PM2.5); source analysis; nanofiber; filtration; property; distribution; characterization
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