New particle formation in China: Current knowledge and further directions

Zhibin Wang, Zhijun Wu, Dingli Yue, Dongjie Shang, Song Guo, Junying Sun, Aijun Ding, Lin Wang, Jingkun Jiang, Hai Guo, Jian Gao, Hing Cho Cheung, Lidia Morawska, Melita Keywood, Min Hu

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New particle formation (NPF) studies have been conducted in China since 2004. Formation of new atmospheric aerosol particles has been observed to take place in diverse environments, even under the circumstances of high pre-existing particle loading, challenging the traditional and present understanding of the physicochemical nucleation mechanisms, which have been proposed based on the investigations in clean environments and under laboratory experimental conditions. This paper summarizes the present status and gaps in understanding NPF in China and discusses the main directions opening for future research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-266
Number of pages9
JournalScience of the Total Environment
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2017


  • New particle formation
  • Nucleation mechanism
  • Particle growth
  • Polluted environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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