Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.03.049
Title: Impacts of biomass burning smoke on the distributions and concentrations of C2-C5 dicarboxylic acids and dicarboxylates in a tropical urban environment
Authors: Yang, L. 
Nguyen, D.M.
Jia, S.
Reid, J.S.
Yu, L.E. 
Keywords: Levoglucosan
Photooxidation
PM2.5
Southeast Asia
Transboundary
Issue Date: Oct-2013
Citation: Yang, L., Nguyen, D.M., Jia, S., Reid, J.S., Yu, L.E. (2013-10). Impacts of biomass burning smoke on the distributions and concentrations of C2-C5 dicarboxylic acids and dicarboxylates in a tropical urban environment. Atmospheric Environment 78 : 211-218. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.03.049
Abstract: Daily ambient PM2.5 was collected during 8 September to 5 October (Julian Days, JDs 252-279), 2008 in Singapore to investigate impacts of transboundary biomass burning smoke on distribution among C2-C5 dicarboxylic acids (DCAs) and corresponding dicarboxylate salts (DCS) in the tropical urban atmosphere. Quantification of DCAs and DCS were performed using solvent and water extraction followed by chromatography analyses via GC-MS and ion chromatography. The averaged PM2.5 and PM10 concentrations from September 19-30 (JDs 263-274) were concurrently elevated by ~40% due to the transboundary smoke. During this same period, C2-C5 total dicarboxylates (TDCAS, summation of DCAs and DCS), on average, increased more than two times, with C2-TDCAS accounted for in average 80% of the C2-C5 TDCAS. This demonstrates that the transboundary smoke enriched C2-C5 TDCAS more than PM2.5 in the urban environment. In the presence of the transboundary smoke, the averaged concentration ratios of C2-C5 DCS to corresponding DCA were 13.4, 2.9, 1.0, and 1.4 with oxalate salts exhibiting the highest concentration (355.0ngm-3). The transboundary smoke increased malic acid concentration more than 3.5 times, which is the largest relative increase among the quantified TDCAS. Considering that malic acid is mainly generated through ambient photooxidation, such significant increase in malic acid demonstrates more prominent photooxidation incurred by the smoke. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
Source Title: Atmospheric Environment
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/89175
ISSN: 13522310
DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2012.03.049
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