Characterization of atmospheric iron speciation and acid processing at metropolitan newark on the us east coast

Guojie Xu, Yuan Gao

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To characterize atmospheric dissolved iron over Newark, a large metropolitan city on US east coast, size-segregated (0.056-18 μm in aerodynamic diameter) aerosols were collected in downtown Newark, New Jersey during August to October 2012. Aerosols samples were analyzed for Fe(II) and total dissolved iron (Fe(TD)) by UV/Visible spectroscopy, and water soluble compounds were analyzed by ion chromatograph (IC). Results from this study showed that Fe(II) concentrations were 2.1 ng m-3 (range: 1.2-4.2 ng m-3), Fe(TD) concentrations were 2.4 ng m-3 (range: 1.3-4.9 ng m-3). Dissolved iron (Fe(II) and Fe(TD)) in general appeared as bi-modal size distribution, was mainly accumulated in the fine mode. The highest concentration of dissolved iron displayed in the fine mode, which was associated with high concentrations of sulfate, oxalate and nitrate, suggesting the potential for Fe-acids interactions. Dissolved iron presented positive correlations with sulfate in the coarse mode, and with nitrate in the fine mode, further suggesting the importance of acid processing in aerosol iron solubility. However, as the oxalate concentration was so low, a good correlation between dissolved iron and oxalate in both the fine and coarse mode was not found.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number66
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 24 2017

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)


  • Acid processing
  • Iron speciation
  • Particle size
  • Water soluble compounds


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