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Front. Mater., 28 July 2020 |

Purifying Effect Evaluation of Pavement Surfacing Materials Modified by Novel Modifying Agent

Xiaolong Sun1*, Zhisheng Liu2, Xiao Qin3, Dongfang Zeng1 and Yingmei Yin1
  • 1School of Civil and Transportation Engineering, Guangdong University of Technology, Guangzhou, China
  • 2The Key Laboratory of Road and Traffic Engineering, Ministry of Education, Tongji University, Shanghai, China
  • 3School of Transportation and Civil Engineering and Architecture, Foshan University, Foshan, China

Functional pavement material with an exhaust-purifying performance has gradually become of greater interest to researchers in recent years. For improving the purifying effect of functional micro surfacing, two types of raw ore powders with exhaust-purifying potentials were selected as novel functional modifiers. Firstly, the road performance of purifying micro surfacing was evaluated according to the ASTM and ISSA standards. Then, the dispersion state of modifying agents in emulsified asphalt evaporation residue was analyzed and discussed using SEM and FTIR. Finally, the purifying effect of micro surfacing on exhausts was examined in a laboratory to investigate the impact of various experimental conditions on the purifying performance. Meanwhile, the purifying performance was also monitored in a field test. The results showed that the road performance of purifying micro surfacing could fulfill the requirements of relevant technical standards. Pyrite had better dispersion property than specularite and titanium dioxide inside asphalt. The purifying micro surfacing could achieve a better purifying effect on NOx and COx than traditional micro surfacing with TiO2. These environmentally friendly pavement materials could provide new solutions for the reduction of polluting emissions in automobile exhausts.


Road traffic an integral part of the existing transportation system. In 2019, the number of automobiles around the world had almost exceeded 1.39 billion. Even though various innovative solutions have been found and applied in the automobile industry, the share of internal combustion engine vehicles (including hybrid vehicles) will remain prevalent for the next several decades (Wei et al., 2009; Miyamoto et al., 2012; Hirata, 2014), and thus the exhaust emissions will be one of the main atmospheric pollution sources (Rêgo et al., 2014). Due to incomplete combustion of hydrocarbon fuel in internal combustion engines, automobile exhausts including carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulfur dioxides (SO2), particulate matter (such as lead compounds, carbon black particles, or oil mist, etc.), and other atmospheric pollutants not only damage the natural environment, but also result in the haze pollution and urban heat island (UHI) effect (Çay et al., 2013; Fattah et al., 2013; Pinzi et al., 2013; Labarraque et al., 2015; Peng et al., 2015). Meanwhile, the emission increases of NOx, SO2, and particulate matter also increase the risk of cancer in humans (Tong et al., 2014). Therefore, the control of automobile exhausts is vital to protecting the environment and human health from air pollution.

Currently, the most common methods used to reduce exhaust emissions include the control of pollution sources, improvement of air exchange, development of new energy sources, and application of exhaust purifiers (Brijesh and Sreedhara, 2013; Amato et al., 2014; Beale et al., 2015). However, due to the large number of vehicles, the effectiveness of these solutions for emission reduction is limited (Yan et al., 2014; Goel and Guttikunda, 2015; Yu et al., 2017, 2019, 2020). Improving air exchange could lower the pollutant concentration within specific territories, but this method could hardly reduce the total amount of pollutant emissions. In recent years, the application of new energy sources has been widely researched as an indirect method to mitigate exhaust pollution (Kimble and Wang, 2013; Liu and Liang, 2013; Habib and Wenzel, 2014). As a result, the number of electric and fuel cell vehicles increases gradually (Hwang, 2013; Jhala et al., 2014). However, the share of internal combustion engine vehicles will remain prevalent for the next few decades (Sprouse and Depcik, 2013; Wang et al., 2013). At present, the use of exhaust purifiers has been proven to be the most efficient way to purify the pollution from exhaust gases. The existing exhaust purifiers are mainly divided into three types: one-stage catalyst, two-stage catalyst, and three-way catalyst (Schmeisser et al., 2013; Hofmann et al., 2015). Among these exhaust purifiers, three-way catalyst is the most popular and efficient exhaust purifier, which can effectively transform CO, HC, and NOx into harmless gas (Opitz et al., 2014; Lan et al., 2015; Zeng and Hohn, 2016). However, there are still some disadvantages of the three-way catalyst, such as its low conversion rate under lean-burn, poor durability of purifying effect, and soot particle contamination, which makes it difficult to meet the ever-growing needs of the atmospheric environment protection (Park et al., 2015). In addition, the existing methods could only purify pollutants before emitting into the air, but not reduce the pollution gas already emitted to the atmosphere. Therefore, it is important to develop an effective way to purify both the exhaust gas emitted from vehicles and those into the atmosphere.

Pavement, as a road traffic carrier, has a huge contact area with the atmospheric environment. If the exhaust purifying effect could be achieved on pavement material, the exhausts emitted from vehicles might be controlled effectively within specific airspaces and converted into harmless gas. Micro surfacing was one of the most effective ways for quick maintenance of pavements (Ouyang et al., 2016, 2018a,b, 2019; Qin et al., 2018). The thickness, material composition, and quick construction promote the feasibility of applying micro surfacing for achieving the purifying function of pavement (Sun et al., 2018, 2020a,b; Chen et al., 2020; Wang et al., 2020). Therefore, in this paper, two novel functional materials with exhaust-purifying potentials were obtained from raw ore powders and modified with two auxiliary modifiers. The applying feasibility of novel modifying agents was evaluated through road performance and micro characterization. Furthermore, the impacts of various influencing factors on purifying performances of the new hybrid micro surfacing material were investigated by laboratory and field test. This study provides scientific references for further study of functional pavement materials.

Materials and Preparation


Functional Materials

Considering the purification potential and compatibility between modifiers and asphalt, pyrite, specularite, and titanium dioxide were selected as the functional materials for this study, which were named as P, S, and TD for short in this paper, respectively. Technical performances of purifying functional materials are shown in Table 1.


Table 1. Technical properties of selected functional materials.

The purifying functional materials contained two types of combinations, rutile titanium dioxide and pyrite, and rutile titanium dioxide and specularite, named as PTD and STD, respectively. The weight ratio of rutile titanium dioxide to pyrite or specularite was 1:1. Pyrite and specularite were obtained from raw ore powders, which might have adverse effects on the compatibility with asphalt. Therefore, isopropanol and a silane coupling agent were used to improve the surface property and enhance the purifying performance (Liu et al., 2019a,b). The technical properties of selected modifiers are shown in Table 2.


Table 2. Technical properties of selected surface modifiers.

Modified Emulsified Asphalt

Styrene Butadiene Rubber (SBR) modified emulsified asphalt was used as a binder in this study. The content of SBR modified emulsified asphalt was 12.6% by dry weight of aggregate. The technical properties of SBR modified emulsified asphalt are detailed in Table 3.


Table 3. Technical properties of SBR modified emulsified asphalt.

Aggregate, Water, and Additive

Basalt was chosen as the aggregate and the sand equivalent value was 72%, which could reach the limit value of (ASTM D2419, 2014; Huang et al., 2020). The water used for micro surfacing was free of oil contamination. The salinity was below 5,000 mg/L. Specifically, the sulfate content was below 2,700 mg/L. Furthermore, the PH of the water was below 6. The content of water was 8.4% by dry weight of aggregate. In order to control the demulsification of SBR emulsified asphalt, this paper selected ordinary Portland cement as an additive to prepare micro surfacing. Its content was ~2% by dry weight of aggregate (Ouyang et al., 2020).

Modification of Purifying Functional Materials

The modification of functional materials mainly includes the following procedures (detailed in Figure 1):

(a) Sieve the functional materials: Pyrite and specularite were carefully washed with distilled water to remove dust and impurities, and dried at 110°C for 5 h in a pre-heated oven. Then, pyrite and specularite were filtered through a 0.044 mm sieve. The treated powder was placed into a clean container.

(b) Mill functional material: In order to increase the specific surface area and improve catalytic potential, pyrite, and specularite powder were subjected to high-energy ball milling under the protection of ethanol and inert gas.

(c) Perform surface modification: Silane coupling agent, isopropanol, and water were mixed to prepare the chemical solution, whose mass ratio was ~20:72:8. The solution was subsequently treated by ultrasonic dispersion apparatus for 10 min. Then, pyrite and specularite were added into the solution, and the mixture was stirred at the speed of 5,000 rad/min for 15 min. Finally, the mixture was kept still for 1 h, and then the modified pyrite and specularite were filtered into a clean beaker.

(d) Conduct vacuum drying: The beaker containing pyrite and specularite were put into an 80°C vacuum drying oven for 5 h. The drying process was conducted in an inert gas atmosphere to ensure the chemical stability of pyrite and specularite.


Figure 1. Modifying process of functional materials.

Testing Specimen Preparation

The designed gradation and mix proportion are shown in Table 4. The detailed preparation procedures (Figure 2) are shown as follows:

(a) Prepare emulsified asphalt mixture: Basalt aggregate, additive, and water were mixed for 5 min to ensure that the aggregate was wetted to prevent the early demulsification of the modified emulsified asphalt. Then the functional materials were added into the wet mixture and mixed for 4 min. SBR modified emulsified asphalt was added into the mixing pot steadily and then the mixture was mixed for 3 min.

(c) Prepare specimens for different tests: For the purifying test, British pendulum slip test, and permeability test, the micro surfacing (30*30*1 cm) was paved on the rutting specimen of the asphalt mixture (AC-13, 30*30*5 cm) and preserved at 25 ± 5°C. For the wet-track abrasion loss test and lateral displacement test, the prepared mixture was sampled, and cast in the molds on the surface of tar felt (Circular specimen 63.5 mm in diameter and rectangular specimen with the dimension of 38 × 5 × 0.6 cm) and preserved at 60°C for 16 h.


Table 4. Designed gradation and mix proportion of micro surfacing.


Figure 2. Preparing process of micro surfacing specimen.

Testing Method

Road Performance

The British pendulum slip test, wet-track abrasion loss test, rutting test, and permeability test were conducted to assess the road performances of purifying micro-surfacing according to the Standard ISSA TB-147, 2000; ASTM ED3910, 2011; ASTM E303, 2013, and JTG E60, 2008.

Micro Characterization

Scanning Electronic Microscopy Analysis (SEM)

Asphalt samples were prepared using the evaporation residue of purifying modified emulsified asphalt. The micro-morphology and particle size of functional materials in asphalt samples were characterized by SEM to determine the dispersion of functional materials inside asphalt. Then, the element composition of micro zones was statistically analyzed. The magnifications of the SEM test were 2,000, 4,000, and 10,000 times (Huang et al., 2019; Cai et al., 2020).

Fourier Transform Infrared Analysis (FTIR)

The FTIR analysis technology was used to investigate the characteristic peaks and functional groups of the evaporation residue with purifying modifiers. The wavenumber range of FTIR was from 4,000 to 500 cm−1. The weight of the sample was about 5 μg.

Purifying Effect Evaluation

Measurement System

The purifying effect measurement device, as shown in Figure 3, was developed according to ISO 7996 (1985), ISO 4224 (2000), ISO 10498 (2004), ISO 22197-1 (2007), which consisted of a temperature controlling system, data acquisition system, atmospheric pressure, and solar radiation controlling system. This device was used to investigate the purifying effect of purifying micro surfacing. The technical parameters were shown as follows: Temperature control range: −20–120°C, UV intensity range: 0–20 w/m2, Pressure tolerance range: 0–3 atm, and Gas concentration measurement range: 0.0–20.0 % vol (COx), 0–5,000 × 10−6 vol (NOx).


Figure 3. Laboratory and field test of exhaust purification performance.

Laboratory Testing Condition and Procedure

The atmospheric pressure, specimen temperature, UV light source intensity, and pollutant concentration were chosen as the influencing variables of the purifying experiment. A used motorcycle engine was used as the supply unit of exhaust, whose pollutant concentrations could reach the ISO Standard concentration range. According to the parameter values of real pavement environment, various experiment conditions are designed for a purifying effect test, as shown in Table 5.


Table 5. Experimental condition of purifying effect measurement.

The laboratory test procures is detailed as follows:

(a) Achieve the vacuum status: All the outlets of the experimental device, except the one connected to the vacuum pump, were closed and the vacuum pump was turned on to achieve the vacuum status of the reactor cell. When air pressure reached the vacuum, the vacuum pump was turned off and the outlet connected to the vacuum pump was closed.

(b) Adjust the concentration of pollutant gas: The exhaust supply unit was started and preheated. The outlet connected to the test facility was opened and the exhaust gas was conveyed into the reactor cell of the test equipment along with air at the flow rate of 3.0 L/min, when the content of pollutant gas of exhaust tends to be stable. When the air pressure and the concentration of pollutant gas reached the desired values, the exhaust supply unit and all the outlets of the experimental device were closed.

(c) Control the experimental condition and record the data: The temperature of the specimen was raised up to the target temperature using a temperature control system and the UV light intensity was kept around the desired value by the corporation of a light source control system and radiometer. Then the gas flow controller and circulation system were turned on to keep the exhaust distributed evenly in the reactor cell of the test equipment. The test data were monitored by the exhaust analyzer dynamically and recorded by the data acquisition automatically.

Field Testing Method

A field test was performed to measure the purifying effect in a natural environment. An experiment period of 10 days in August was selected to evaluate the purifying effect of micro surfacing, whose solar radiation intensities, atmospheric temperatures, and humilities were similar to those in the pavement environment. Before the start of the field test, the specimen was assembled inside the test device, then moved to the outside terrace sufficiently far from the surrounding buildings to avoid the shadow effect. The exhaust supplied by the motorcycle engine was conveyed along with air into the reactor cell after passing through a gas-washing bottle. When the desired exhaust concentration and air pressure were achieved through the coordination of the adjustment system and concentration monitoring system, all the outlets of the gas supply unit and the experiment apparatus were closed. The pollutant concentration, solar radiation intensity, and specimen temperature were monitored per hour using the gas analyzer, radiometer, and temperature sensor. The field test device is shown in Figure 3.

Results and Disscussion

Road Performance

The results of road performances are shown in Table 6. It can be seen from Table 6 that there were only slight differences in pavement performances between a purifying micro surfacing and a normal one, which indicated that the replacement of mineral filler by functional material would not lead to a negative effect on the pavement performances of micro surfacing, which lay a solid base for the application of PTD and STD materials in micro surfacing.


Table 6. Road performances of purifying micro surfacing and normal micro surfacing.

Dispersion and Fusion State Analysis

SEM/EDS Analysis

The microscopic graphs of PTD and STD emulsified asphalt residue and net residue were taken to characterize the microstructure of functional materials in asphalt and evaluate the compatibility between functional material and asphalt. The SEM graphs of purifying emulsified asphalt residue are shown in Figure 4.


Figure 4. SEM characterization results. (A) Emulsified asphalt evaporation residue. (B) PTD emulsified asphalt evaporation residue. (C) STD emulsified asphalt evaporation residue.

It can be seen from Figure 4B that the bright particles represented different micro shapes, and particle sizes were evenly dispersed in asphalt, which might indicate the productive dispersion of PTD in asphalt. Through particle sizing results, the particle size ranged from 3.1 to 10 μm and most of the identified particles were around 4 μm or smaller in size. Figure 4C demonstrated the micro distribution state of STD in asphalt. It could be observed from Figure 4C that the distribution of particle size was mainly concentrated in the range from 2 to 10 μm, similar to that of PTD. However, a few big bright particles could be identified at 10 K magnification, which suggested that the specularite might not be dispersed evenly in asphalt material. Meanwhile, the element composition of micro zone in the SEM graph was analyzed and the analysis results are shown in Figure 5.


Figure 5. EDS analysis results. (A) Emulsified asphalt evaporation residue. (B) PTD emulsified asphalt evaporation residue.

It can be seen from Figure 5 that Fe, S, and O elements, as typical elements, were identified obviously in most of the scanning zones. Ti was also characterized in the micro zone, but the identified number of micro zones was smaller than that of other elements, which was presented in Figure 5 (VI). Ti was the typical element of titanium dioxide, which might reflect the dispersion state of titanium dioxide in micro surfacing.

FTIR Analysis

The composition of functional groups was one of the most important parameters to indicate the chemical variation inside micro surfacing. Compared to the basic micro surfacing with no functional materials, the functional groups' variation of purifying micro surfacing was examined to explain the molecular structure after the addition of functional materials using the FTIR test. The FTIR analysis results are shown in Figure 6.


Figure 6. FTIR analysis results. (A) FTIR-PTD. (B) FTIR-STD.

It can be seen from Figure 6 that the transmission curves of purifying micro surfacing differed from that of the control group without functional materials. For PTD, the different transmission rates appeared in the wave number positions of 3,500, 1,750, 1,200, and 750 cm−1. Regarding STD, the different transmission rates arose in the wave number positions of 1,500 and 750 cm−1. The change of transmission rate in certain wave numbers could indicate that the functional materials, pyrite, and specularite, might help improve the purifying effect of micro surfacing though the chemical modification led by chemical characteristics.

Laboratory Evaluation of Purifying Effect

Air Pressure Condition

The impacts of atmospheric pressure on the purification effect was investigated in this section to guarantee the accuracy of the experiment. In Figure 7A, the results of the purifying test at different atmospheric pressures are presented. As the atmospheric pressure increased gradually, the purifying effect of micro surfacing on pollutants also showed an obviously increasing trend. Moreover, when the atmospheric pressure exceeded 1.0 atm, the increasing speed of the purifying effect began to slow down and tended to be stable. While the atmospheric pressure increased from 0.6 to 1.6 atm, the purifying effect of PTD and STD on NOx rose to ~34 and 42%, respectively. Interestingly, PTD and STD could achieve the purifying effect on COx, but TD could not.


Figure 7. Purification effect of exhaust under different influencing conditions. (A) Atmospheric pressure. (B) UV light intensity. (C) Speciman temperature. (D) Pollutant concentration.

Purifying Effect at Different UV Intensities

To examine the impact of UV radiation on purifying performance, the relationship between purifying rate and UV intensity was investigated over time on the PTD, STD, and TD micro surfacing. The test results are plotted in Figure 7B.

It was shown that the pollutant purifying performance of purifying micro surfacing could be greatly promoted by UV light intensity, especially for the effect on NOx. The enhancing effect of UV intensity was noticeable on purifying performances on NOx of all types of micro surfacing. When the UV intensity was 10 W/m2, a turning point emerged in the curves showing the purifying effect on NOx. When the UV intensity exceeded 10 W/m2, the raising speed of the curve began to slow down, which meant that the dependence of purification on UV radiation started to weaken. For COx, the purifying rates of PTD and STD micro surfacing subjected to the increase of UV intensity showed a similar trend that followed the degradation curve of NOx. However, the TD micro surfacing had no significant degradation effect on COx and the purifying effect was around 3%, even if the UV light intensity increased.

With the addition of modified pyrite and specularite, the NOx and COx degradation rates of PTD and STD micro surfacing had been significantly improved compared to TD, while the UV intensity increased. The purifying effects of PTD and STD on NOx and COx reached ~40 and 30%, respectively. The improvement of the purifying effect might be led by the thermoelectric properties of modified pyrite and specularite. In addition, the increasing temperature of the specimen led by UV radiation might also activate the thermoelectric properties, which enhanced the purifying effect of pyrite and specularite.

Purifying Effect at Different Specimen Temperatures

The purification testing results of micro surfacing subjected to different specimen temperatures are presented in Figure 7C. As shown in Figure 7C, the increasing specimen temperature would enhance the NOx and COx degradation rates of PTD, STD, and TD micro surfacing. For NOx, the degradation rate curves of three micro surfacing showed a similarly increasing trend, while the gap between the hybrid micro surfacing and TD micro surfacing became larger with the increase of specimen temperature. This experimental conclusion was in line with that of the purifying effect at different UV intensities. For COx, PTD, and STD micro surfacing presented superior purifying performances, which could reach almost 40%. However, the TD micro surfacing had a limited removal effect on COx when temperature rose.

Purifying Effect at Different Pollutant Concentrations

Considering the variation of pollutant concentrations in an application environment (a highway, tunnel, bridge, etc.), the pollutant concentration would be an important factor among different influencing elements of purifying performance. The testing results at different pollutant concentrations are presented in the Figure 7D. The pollutant concentration had a noticeable negative linear effect on the degradation performance of purifying micro surfacing. This might be because that a higher pollutant concentration would promote the conversion rate reaching its limit, and the overall purification effect then began to decrease. The NOx and COx degradation rates of PTD and STD micro surfacing could still be over 40 and 30%, respectively, higher than that of TD micro surfacing.

Field Testing Results at Complex Environmental Conditions

The varying curves of pollutant gas concentration over the whole 10-day field testing period are plotted in Figure 8.


Figure 8. Variation of pollutant concentration over the 10-day testing period. (A) NOx-PTD. (B) NOx-STD. (C) COx-PTD. (D) COx-STD.

During the 8 h test period (9:00–17:00) of the 10 selected days, the NOx and COx concentration decreased gradually. The initial value of the pollutant was within the specific range of the experiment condition described before. No obvious outliers were found among the experimental data. It could be calculated that the purifying effect of PTD on NOx and COx were ~40 and 35 ppm, respectively. Concerning STD, the purifying effects on NOx and COx were about 34 and 32 ppm. Analyzing the median variation of pollutant concentration, there was a turning point that appeared at 13:00. For more accurate analysis, the experimental data obtained from three consecutive days, whose environmental parameters (solar radiation, temperature, etc.) were approximately identical, were chosen for the following analysis.

The variations of pollutant concentration, solar radiation intensity, and specimen temperature are presented in Figures 9A,B,D,E. The same trend of variation curves was observed for all the experimental results. Both NOx and COx concentration showed an obvious decreasing trend along with the variation of environmental factors. This indicated that PTD and STD micro surfacing had noticeable purifying effects on NOx and COx in the field test. The curve of pollutant concentration changed in an approximate linear trend, as solar radiation intensity and specimen increased. When the solar radiation intensity reached its peak value, a turning point appeared in the pollutant concentration curve. The curve slope began decreasing and the degradation speed started to slow down. This observation testified that the UV radiation was the main parameter influencing the purifying effect of purifying micro surfacing, which was consistent with the results of laboratory experiments.


Figure 9. Influence of environment factors on purifying performance. (A) NOx (PTD). (B) COx(PTD). (C) Purifying rate (PTD). (D) NOx (STD). (E) COx(STD). (F) Purifying rate (STD).

The purification rates of PTD and STD micro surfacing are plotted in Figures 9C,F. For PTD micro surfacing, the data of the NOx purifying rate mainly ranged between 35 and 45%. The median of these data was 41% and the upper quartile and lower quartile were 42 and 38%, respectively. The range of COx purifying data was from 25 to 30% and the COx purifying rate of PTD micro surfacing was around 27%. For STD micro surfacing, the NOx and COx purification rates of STD micro surfacing were ~38 and 28%, respectively.


This paper discussed the preparation and measurement of the purifying properties of two new hybrid pavement micro surfaces containing titanium dioxide, pyrite, and specularite. The pyrite and specularite were selected as the auxiliary functional materials and modified by using two modifying agents to inspire their purifying potentials. The purifying effects of micro surfacing on NOx and COx were investigated in laboratory and field tests. The purifying effects at different atmospheric pressure, UV intensity, temperature, and pollutant concentration were monitored and investigated. The major conclusions from this study are shown as following:

• With the addition of pyrite and specularite, the PTD and STD micro surfacing had noticeable purification effects on NOx and COx, while the TD micro surfacing was only effective for the degradation of NOx.

• The increase of UV intensity and ambient temperature would improve the purifying effect of PTD and STD micro surfacing on NOx and COx.

• High pollutant concentration could lead to the conversion rate reaching its saturation limit and thus decrease the overall purification rates.

• The PTD and STD micro surfacing demonstrated a noticeable purifying performance on NOx and COx in the field test when subjected to complex environmental factors, whose results were consistent with that of the laboratory test.

This paper provides new solutions to develop environmentally friendly pavement materials with superior exhaust purifying performances. Future work will focus on further studying the purifying performance of purifying micro surfacing within enclosed environments and the durability of the purifying function.

Data Availability Statement

All datasets generated for this study are included in the article/supplementary material.

Author Contributions

XS: data curation. XS and XQ: formal analysis. XS: investigation. XS and ZL: methodology. XS: writing – original draft. DZ, ZL, and YY: writing – review and editing. All authors: contributed to the article and approved the submitted version.


This paper describes research activities mainly requested and sponsored by the Shanxi Transportation Holding Group Co., Ltd. under grant number 19-JKKJ-20, by the Guangdong Provincial Department of Education under grant number 2018KQNCX067, by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under grant number 51908130, and by the Foundation Committee of basic and applied basic research of Guangdong Province under grant number 2019A1515110348.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that this study received funding from Shanxi Transportation Holding Group Co., Ltd. The funder was not involved in the study design, collection, analysis, interpretation of data, the writing of this article, or the decision to submit it for publication.


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Keywords: pavement, micro surfacing, exhaust purification, road performance, characterization

Citation: Sun X, Liu Z, Qin X, Zeng D and Yin Y (2020) Purifying Effect Evaluation of Pavement Surfacing Materials Modified by Novel Modifying Agent. Front. Mater. 7:180. doi: 10.3389/fmats.2020.00180

Received: 21 February 2020; Accepted: 15 May 2020;
Published: 28 July 2020.

Edited by:

Jian Ouyang, Dalian University of Technology, China

Reviewed by:

Cesare Sangiorgi, University of Bologna, Italy
Huayang Yu, South China University of Technology, China

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*Correspondence: Xiaolong Sun,