Development of Volatility Distributions for Organic Matter in Biomass Burning Emissions

Environ Sci Atmos. 2023 Jan 1;3(1):11-23. doi: 10.1039/d2ea00080f. Epub 2022 Oct 7.


The volatility distribution of organic emissions from biomass burning and other combustion sources can determine their atmospheric evolution due to partitioning/aging. The gap between measurements and models predicting secondary organic aerosol has been partially attributed to the absence of semi- and intermediate volatility organic compounds (S/I-VOC) in models and measurements. However, S/I-VOCs emitted from these sources and typically quantified using the volatility basis framework (VBS) are not well understood. For example, the amount and composition of S/I-VOCs and their variability across different biomass burning sources such as residential woodstoves, open field burns, and laboratory simulated open burning are uncertain. To address this, a novel filter-in-tube sorbent tube sampling method collected S/I-VOC samples from biomass burning experiments for a range of fuels and combustion conditions. Filter-in-tube samples were analyzed using thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (TD/GC/MS) for compounds across a wide range of volatilities (saturation concentrations; -2 ≤ logC* ≤ 6). The S/I-VOC measurements were used to calculate volatility distributions for each emissions source. The distributions were broadly consistent across the sources with IVOCs accounting for 75% – 90% of the total captured organic matter, while SVOCs and LVOCs were responsible for 6% – 13% and 1% – 12%, respectively. The distributions and predicted partitioning were generally consistent with literature. Particulate matter emission factors spanned two orders of magnitude across the sources. This work highlights the potential of inferring gas-particle partitioning behavior of biomass burning emissions using filter-in-tube sorbent samples analyzed offline. This simplifies both sampling and analysis of S/I-VOCs for studies focused on capturing the full range of organics emitted.

PMID:36692652 | PMC:PMC9728753 | DOI:10.1039/d2ea00080f


Related Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Generated by Feedzy