Articles | Volume 17, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2053–2065, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-2053-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 2053–2065, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-2053-2017

Research article 10 Feb 2017

Research article | 10 Feb 2017

Evaluation of anthropogenic secondary organic aerosol tracers from aromatic hydrocarbons

Ibrahim M. Al-Naiema and Elizabeth A. Stone

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Molecular tracers have proven useful in estimating contributions of primary and biogenic secondary sources to atmospheric particulate matter but have lagged behind for anthropogenic secondary sources. This study takes a field-based approach to evaluate the detectability, specificity, and gas–particle partitioning of prospective anthropogenic SOA tracers. We conclude that a subset of species are likely useful tracers and are recommended for use in future source apportionment studies.
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