Yang-Jun Wang

Shanghai University, Shanghai, Shanghai Shi, China

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    ABSTRACT: The stable carbon isotope compositions of 2-methyltetrols, biomarker compounds for secondary organic aerosols formed from isoprene in the atmosphere, have been determined by gas chromatography/combustion/isotope ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS). In this work, isoprene with various delta(13)C values was used to produce 2-methyltetrols via an oxidation reaction with hydrogen peroxide in sulfuric acid under direct sunlight. The target compounds with different stable carbon isotope compositions were then derivatized by methylboronic acid with a known delta(13)C value and measured by GC/C/IRMS. With delta(13)C values of 2-methyltetrols and methylboronic acid predetermined, isotopic fractionation is evaluated for the derivatization process. Through reduplicate delta(13)C measurements, the carbon isotope analysis achieved excellent reproducibility and high accuracy with an average error of <0.3 per thousand. The differences between the predicted and measured delta(13)C values range from -0.10 to 0.29 per thousand, indicating that the derivatization process does not introduce isotopic fractionation. The delta(13)C values of 2-methyltetrols could be calculated on the basis of the stoichiometric mass balance equation among 2-methyltetrols, methylboronic acid, and methylboronate derivatives. Preliminary tests of 2-methyltetrols in PM(2.5) aerosols at two forested sites were conducted and revealed significant differences in their isotope compositions, implying possible application of the method in helping us understand the primary emission, photochemical reaction, or removal processes of isoprene in the atmosphere.
    Analytical Chemistry 08/2010; 82(16):6764-9. DOI:10.1021/ac100214p · 5.64 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) in PM2.5 samples collected in urban (Xujiahui) and industrial (Baoshan) areas in Shanghai during 2007-2008 were analyzed with a DRI carbon analyzer using IMPROVE-TOR protocol. The results showed that the seasonal average concentrations of OC and EC were highest in the winter and lowest in the summer. The annual average concentrations of OC and EC were 8.10 and 3.91 microg x m(-3) at the urban sampling site, and 11.91 and 4.69 microg x m(-3) in the industrial area. The annual average OC/EC ratios at the two sites were 2.01 and 2.42, respectively. Strong correlations (R2 0.52-0.87) between OC and EC were found in all seasons, with the highest correlation coefficients in the winter ( R2 0.87 and 0.80) and the lowest in the spring (R2 0.52 and 0.58), indicating that the pollutant sources in spring was more complicated due to the varying wind directions. The annual average concentrations of secondary organic carbon (SOC) were 2.72 and 5.07 microg x m(-3) at the urban and industrial sites, accounting for about 30% of the total OC. The contribution of SOC to OC was the highest (about 40%) in the summer, in accordance with the high temperature and strong solar radiation in the summer. It was also found that precipitation had significant impact on the concentrations of OC and EC, especially in the winter. The average concentrations during periods without precipitation were two times higher than that during periods with precipitation in the winter, whereas no significant difference was found between the concentrations of OC and EC in the periods with and without precipitation in the summer, possibly due to the more stable atmospheric conditions during the periods with precipitation in comparison with those without precipitation. The OC/EC and SOC/OC ratios decreased significantly during precipitation.
    Huan jing ke xue= Huanjing kexue / [bian ji, Zhongguo ke xue yuan huan jing ke xue wei yuan hui "Huan jing ke xue" bian ji wei yuan hui.] 08/2010; 31(8):1755-61.