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Aerosol mass spectrometric analysis of the chemical composition of non-refractory PM1 samples from school environments in Brisbane, Australia


Crilly, LR and Ayoko, GA and Jayaratne, ER and Salimi, F and Morawska, L, Aerosol mass spectrometric analysis of the chemical composition of non-refractory PM1 samples from school environments in Brisbane, Australia, Science of The Total Environment, 458-460 pp. 81-89. ISSN 0048-9697 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2013 Elsevier B.V.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2013.04.007


Long-term exposure to vehicle emissions has been associated with detrimental health effects. Children are amongst the most susceptible group and schools represent an environment where they can experience significant exposure to vehicle emissions. However, there are limited studies on children's exposure to vehicle emissions in schools. The aim of this study was to quantify the concentration of organic aerosol (OA) and in particular, vehicle emissions that children are exposed to during school hours. Therefore an Aerodyne compact time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (TOF-AMS) was deployed at five urban schools in Brisbane, Australia. TOF-AMS enabled the chemical composition of the non-refractory (NR-PM1) to be analysed with a high temporal resolution to assess the concentration of vehicle emissions and other OA components during school hours. The organic fraction at each school comprised the majority of NR-PM1. Primary emissions were found to dominate the OA at only one school which had an O:C ratio of 0.17, due to fuel powered gardening equipment used near the TOF-AMS. A significant source of the OA at two of the schools was aged vehicle emissions from nearby highways. More oxidised OA was observed at the remaining two schools, which also recorded strong biomass burning influences. In general, the diurnal cycle of the total OA concentration varied between schools and was found to be at a minimum during school hours. The major organic component that school children were exposed to during school hours was secondary OA at all schools. Peak exposure of school children to vehicle emissions occurred during school drop-off and pick-up times. Unless a school is located near major roads, children are exposed predominately to regional secondary OA as opposed to local emissions during school hours in urban environments.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Aerosol mass spectrometry,Organic aerosols,Diurnal variation
Research Division:Earth Sciences
Research Group:Atmospheric sciences
Research Field:Atmospheric aerosols
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Air quality, atmosphere and weather
Objective Field:Air quality
UTAS Author:Salimi, F (Dr Farhad Salimi)
ID Code:110518
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2016-07-29
Last Modified:2016-09-05

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