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Volume 4, issue 12 | Copyright
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 4, 2851-2858, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-4-2851-2011
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Research article 22 Dec 2011

Research article | 22 Dec 2011

Effective density of Aquadag and fullerene soot black carbon reference materials used for SP2 calibration

M. Gysel1, M. Laborde1, J. S. Olfert2, R. Subramanian3, and A. J. Gröhn4 M. Gysel et al.
  • 1Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institut, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
  • 2Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB T6G 2G8, Canada
  • 3Droplet Measurement Technologies, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
  • 4Particle Technology Laboratory, Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering, ETH Zurich, Sonneggstrasse 3, 8092 Zurich, Switzerland

Abstract. The mass and effective density of black carbon (BC) particles generated from aqueous suspensions of Aquadag and fullerene soot was measured and parametrized as a function of their mobility diameter. The measurements were made by two independent research groups by operating a differential mobility analyser (DMA) in series with an aerosol particle mass analyser (APM) or a Couette centrifugal particle mass analyser (CPMA). Consistent and reproducible results were found in this study for different production lots of Aquadag, indicating that the effective density of these particles is a stable quantity and largely unaffected by differences in aerosol generation procedures and suspension treatments. The effective density of fullerene soot particles from one production lot was also found to be stable and independent of suspension treatments. Some differences to previous literature data were observed for both Aquadag and fullerene soot at larger particle diameters. Knowledge of the exact relationship between mobility diameter and particle mass is of great importance, as DMAs are commonly used to size-select particles from BC reference materials for calibration of single particle soot photometers (SP2), which quantitatively detect the BC mass in single particles.

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