Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 50, Issue 8, pp 738–744 | Cite as

Speciation of the elements and compositions on the surfaces of dust storm particles: The evidence for the coupling of iron with sulfur in aerosol during the long-range transport

  • Xingying Zhang
  • Guoshun Zhuang
  • Jianmin Chen
  • Huaxin Xue


The speciation of the elements on the surface of the particles collected during dust storm and non-dust storm in Beijing and Inner Mongolia was studied by XPS. The major species of iron on the surface were oxides, sulfate, silicate, FeOOH and minor part sorbed on SiO2/Al2O3. Sulfate is the dominant species of sulfur on the surface. SiO2 and Al2O3 are the main components of Si and Al on the surface respectively. One of the most important findings was that the Fe(II) (FeS and FeSO4) produced could account for up to 44.3% and 45.6% of the total Fe on the surface in the aerosol sample collected at that night and next day of the “peak” time of the dust storm occurring on March 20, 2002, while Fe2(SO4)3, one of the Fe(III) species on the surface decreased from 67.1% to 49.5% and 48.0% respectively. Both S and Fe enriched on the surface of aerosol particles. Fe(II) accounted for 1.3%–5.3% of total Fe in bulk aerosol samples during dust storm. These results provided strong evidence to support the hypothesis of the coupling between iron and sulfur in aerosols during the long-range transport, which would have important impact on the global biogeochemical cycle.


dust storm XPS atmospheric aerosol particles speciation of elements Fe-S coupling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xingying Zhang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Guoshun Zhuang
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Jianmin Chen
    • 2
  • Huaxin Xue
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Atmospheric Environment Study, Department of ChemistryBeijing Normal UniversityBeijingChina
  2. 2.Center for Atmospheric Chemistry Study, Department of Environmental Science and EngineeringFudan UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.LAPC/NZC, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, NZC/LAPCChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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