A Multifunctional HTDMA System with a Robust Temperature Control Academic Article uri icon


  • The hygroscopicity of atmospheric aerosols significantly influences their size distribution, cloud condensation nuclei ability, atmospheric residence time, and climate forcing. In order to investigate the hygroscopic behavior of aerosol particles and serious haze in China, a Hygroscopic Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzers (HTDMA) system was designed and constructed at Fudan University. It can function as a scanning mobility particle sizing system to measure particle size distribution in the range of 20-1000 nm in diameter, as well as a hygroscopicity analyzer for aerosol particles with diameters between 20-400 nm in the range of 20%-90% RH (relative humidity). It can also measure the effect of uptake of inorganic acids or semi-VOCs on the hygroscopic behavior of aerosols, such as typical inorganic salts in atmospheric dust or their mixtures. The performance tests show that the system measured particle size of the standard polystyrene latex spheres (PSLs) is 197 nm, which is in excellent agreement with the certified diameter D=1996 nm, as well as a standard deviation of the repeated runs SD=8.910-4. In addition, the measured hygroscopic growth factors of the model compounds, (NH 4)2SO4 and NaNO3, agree with the Khler theoretical curves. The results indicate that the HTDMA system is an excellent and powerful tool for studying the hygroscopic behavior of submicron aerosols and meets the demand required for laboratory research and fieldwork on atmospheric aerosols in China. 2009 Chinese National Committee for International Association of Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Science Press and Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

published proceedings


author list (cited authors)

  • Ye, X., Chen, T., Hu, D., Yang, X., Chen, J., Zhang, R., Khakuziv, A. F., & Wang, L.

citation count

  • 17

complete list of authors

  • Ye, Xingnan||Chen, Tianyi||Hu, Dawei||Yang, Xin||Chen, Jianmin||Zhang, Renyi||Khakuziv, Alexei F||Wang, Lin

publication date

  • November 2009