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Environmental Geochemistry and Health

, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 2131–2141 | Cite as

Ambient air particulates-bound metallic elements sources identifications during winter and summer at a Science Park

  • Guor-Cheng Fang
  • Chao-Yang Huang
  • Yuan-Jie Zhuang
  • Wen-Chuan Huang
  • Kai-Hsiang Tsai
  • You-Fu Xiao
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Abstract

The ambient air particulates pollutants of total suspended particulates (TSP) and PM2.5 were collected by using PS-1 and Wilbur PM2.5 sampler, simultaneously during the year of 2015–2017 at a photoelectric factory in Science Park of central Taiwan. And those of the ambient air atmospheric metallic elements (Cr, Mn, Ni, Cu, Zn, Pb) concentrations which attached on the TSP and PM2.5 were analyzed by using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometer. In addition, identifying anthropogenic and natural pollutants sources were conducted by using the enrichment factor (EF) and principal component analysis (PCA) methods. The results indicated that the average TSP and PM2.5 concentrations were ranked highest in winter season, while summer season was ranked lowest during the year of 2015–2016. In addition, the average highest metallic element concentrations were occurred in winter season for both TSP and PM2.5 during the year of 2015–2016, while the average lowest metallic elements concentrations in TSP and PM2.5 were also occurred in winter season during the year of 2016–2017. Moreover, the EF analysis results showed that the metallic element Zn came from anthropogenic emission source. As for metallic element Mn, the results showed that metallic element Mn was mainly attributed to natural emission in this study. Finally, the PCA results showed that metallic elements Cr, Zn and Pb were the dominant emissions metallic elements in this study. As for PM2.5, the results showed that the metallic elements Cr, Cu and Pb were the dominant emissions metallic elements at this HPB sampling site.

Keywords

Principal component analysis Enrichment factor Metallic element Total suspended particulates PM2.5 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the National Science Council of the ROC (Taiwan) for financially supporting this work under Project No. 103-2221-E-241-004-MY3.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guor-Cheng Fang
    • 1
  • Chao-Yang Huang
    • 1
  • Yuan-Jie Zhuang
    • 1
  • Wen-Chuan Huang
    • 1
  • Kai-Hsiang Tsai
    • 1
  • You-Fu Xiao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Safety, Health and Environmental EngineeringHungkuang UniversitySha-Lu, TaichungTaiwan

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