Water, Air, & Soil Pollution: Focus

, Volume 3, Issue 5–6, pp 173–180 | Cite as

Comparison of Surface Organic Compound Mass Spectrum Patterns by LD-TOFMS for Megalopolis Atmospheric Particles and Diesel Exhaust Particles (DEP)

  • Katsumi SaitohEmail author
  • Shin-ichirou Kawabata
  • Tadashi Shirai
  • Tatsuji Sato
  • Matsuo Odaka


PM2.5 and PM10 samples for megalopolis atmospheric particles were collected at Shinjuku, Tokyo in December 1998–January 1999 and August 1999, for two weeks both in winter and summer, with a 24 hr sampling interval. Sampling of PM2.5 and PM10 in diesel exhaust particles (DEP) was carried out using an automobile exhaust testing system, with a diesel truck placed on a chassis dynamometer. Sampling conditions included idling, constant speed of 40 km hr-1, M-15 test pattern and 60%-revolution/40%-load of maximum power. Mass spectrums of organic compounds adhering to the surface of the PM2.5 and PM10 samples were analyzed by laser desorption time-of-flight mass spectrometry (LD-TOFMS, analytical mass range: m/z 1–m/z 380 000). LD-TOFMS analysis of those samples revealed consistently the detection of low-mass organic compounds up to m/z 800. For the megalopolis atmospheric particles, the mass spectrum pattern of wintertime samples was almost the same as that of the summertime samples for both PM2.5 and PM10. The major peak was m/z 177, and the minor peaks were m/z 84, 94, 101, 163, 189 and 235. The mass spectrum pattern of DEP was the same for all samples under all test conditions. The major peak was m/z 101, and other detected peaks were small.

diesel exhaust particles LD-TOFMS megalopolis atmospheric particles PM2.5 and PM10 polycyclic organic matter 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Katsumi Saitoh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shin-ichirou Kawabata
    • 2
  • Tadashi Shirai
    • 3
  • Tatsuji Sato
    • 4
  • Matsuo Odaka
    • 4
  1. 1.Environmental Research and Information Center of Akita PrefectureSanno, AkitaJapan
  2. 2.Life Science Department, Analytical Instruments DivisionShimadzu CorporationHoriyamashita, Hadano-city, KanagawaJapan
  3. 3.Tokyo Dylec Co., Ltd.Daikyo-cyo, Shinjuku-ku, TokyoJapan
  4. 4.National Traffic Safety and Environment LaboratoryJinndaiji-Higashi, Chofu-city, TokyoJapan

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