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Water absorption by secondary organic aerosol and its effect on inorganic aerosol behavior  

Microsoft Academic Search

The hygroscopic nature of atmospheric aerosol has generally been associated with its inorganic fraction. In this study, a group contribution method is used to predict the water absorption of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Compared against growth measurements of mixed inorganic-organic particles, this method appears to provide a first-order approximation in predicting SOA water absorption. The growth of common SOA species

Asif S. Ansari; Spyros N. Pandis

2000-01-01

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Water absorption by secondary organic aerosol and its effect on inorganic aerosol behavior  

SciTech Connect

The hygroscopic nature of atmospheric aerosol has generally been associated with its inorganic fraction. In this study, a group contribution method is used to predict the water absorption of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Compared against growth measurements of mixed inorganic-organic particles, this method appears to provide a first-order approximation in predicting SOA water absorption. The growth of common SOA species is predicted to be significantly less than common atmospheric inorganic salts such as (NH{sub 4}){sub 2}SO{sub 4} and NaCl. Using this group contribution method as a tool in predicting SOA water absorption, an integrated modeling approach is developed combining available SOA and inorganic aerosol models to predict overall aerosol behavior. The effect of SOA on water absorption and nitrate partitioning between the gas and aerosol phases is determined. On average, it appears that SOA accounts for approximately 7% of total aerosol water and increases aerosol nitrate concentrations by approximately 10%. At high relative humidity and low SOA mass fractions, the role of SOA in nitrate partitioning and its contribution to total aerosol water is negligible. However, the water absorption of SOA appears to be less sensitive to changes in relative humidity than that of inorganic species, and thus at low relative humidity and high SOA mass fraction concentrations, SOA is predicted to account for approximately 20% of total aerosol water and a 50% increase in aerosol nitrate concentrations. These findings could improve the results of modeling studies where aerosol nitrate has often been underpredicted.

Ansari, A.S.; Pandis, S.N.

2000-01-01

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Hygroscopicity of Amine Secondary Aerosol - Mixtures of Organic and Inorganic Components  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aliphatic amines are emitted from both biogenic and anthropogenic sources and contribute to the formation of secondary aerosol in reactions with atmospheric radicals. However, the cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) ability of amine aerosol has not been explored yet. Here, we study the hygroscopicity of aerosol formed from three aliphatic amines (trimethylamine, diethylamine and butylamine) in the UCR environmental chamber. Amines can react with NO3, a dominant night time oxidant in acid-base and/or oxidation reactions. The mass fraction of organic and inorganic components of formed aerosol was measured by Particle-into-Liquid Sampler coupled to dual ion chromatographs (PILS-ICs) and Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). CCN counter was used to measure the water-uptake ability of these particles. Significantly high hygroscopicity (?>0.3) was observed for aerosols formed from diethylamine and butylamine with NO3 radicals, which comprised >40% inorganic salt. Compared with amines oxidized by hydroxyl radicals, the presence of aminium salts formed in acid-base reactions greatly improved CCN activity of NO3-initiated aerosol. The effect of water vapor on the formation of aminium salts and aerosol hygroscopicity was also studied. Our results will significantly impact the estimation and role of amines in atmospheric chemistry and global climate models.

Tang, X.; Cocker, D. R.; Purvis-Roberts, K.; Asa-Awuku, A. A.

2012-12-01

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Simulation of the dynamics and composition of secondary and marine inorganic aerosols in the coastal atmosphere  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Results of an extended version of the three-dimensional Eulerian Mesoscale Transport, Chemistry, and Stream Model (METRAS) for simulating size-segregated inorganic aerosols are presented. The extended version of METRAS includes aerosol transport by advection, diffusion, gravitational settling, and dry deposition. Aerosols are produced by homogeneous nucleation and by sea spray. They are modified by condensation and evaporation of inorganic aerosol precursor gases. Altogether, 73 inorganic and organic gas species are treated in the model by taking into account transport, deposition, emissions, and gas-phase reactions. The model is applied to simulate the mixing of marine and continental air in the coastal atmosphere over the German Bight. The simulation results give evidence for the importance of the uptake of nitric acid and ammonia by sea-salt aerosol for the dynamics of nitrogen compounds in the coastal atmosphere. As a result of the mixing of polluted continental air masses with marine air masses, the pH of the sea-salt aerosol reaches values as low as pH=2.1.

von Salzen, Knut; Schlünzen, K. Heinke

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Degradation of SO 2, NO 2 and NH 3 leading to formation of secondary inorganic aerosols: An environmental chamber study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We have examined the interactions of gaseous pollutants and primary aerosols that can produce secondary inorganic aerosols. The specific objective was to estimate degradation rates of precursor gases (NH 3, NO 2 and SO 2) responsible for formation of secondary inorganic aerosols. A Teflon-based outdoor environmental chamber facility (volume 12.5 m 3) was built and checked for wall losses, leaks, solar transparency and ability to simulate photochemical reactions. The chamber was equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation to monitor concentration-time profiles of precursor gases, ozone, and aerosol. A total of 14 experimental runs were carried out for estimating the degradation of precursor gases. The following initial conditions were maintained in the chamber: NO 2 = 246 ± 104 ppb(v), NH 3 = 548 ± 83 ppb(v), SO 2 = 238 ± 107 ppb(v), O 3 = 50 ± 11 ppb(v), PM 2.5 aerosol = 283438 ± 60524 No./litre. The concentration-time profile of gases followed first-order decay and were used for estimating degradation rates (NO 2 = 0.26 ± 0.15 h -1, SO 2 = 0.31 ± 0.17 h -1, NH 3 = 0.35 ± 0.21 h -1). We observed that degradation rates showed a statistical significant positive correlation (at 5% level of significance) with the initial PM 2.5 levels in the chamber (coefficient of correlation: 0.63 for NO 2; 0.62 for NH 3 and 0.51 for SO 2), suggesting that the existing surface of the aerosol could play a significant role in degradation of precursor gases. One or more gaseous species can be adsorbed on to the existing particles and these may undergo heterogeneous or homogeneous chemical transformation to produce secondary inorganic aerosols. Through correlation analysis, we have observed that degradation rates of precursor gases were dependent on initial molar ratio of (NH 3)/(NO 2 + SO 2), indicative of ammonia-rich and ammonia-poor situations for eventual production of ammonium salts.

Behera, Sailesh N.; Sharma, Mukesh

2011-08-01

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Formation of secondary inorganic aerosols by power plant emissions exhausted through cooling towers in Saxony  

Microsoft Academic Search

Background, aim, and scope  The fraction of ambient PM10 that is due to the formation of secondary inorganic particulate sulfate and nitrate from the emissions of two large, brown-coal-fired\\u000a power stations in Saxony (East Germany) is examined. The power stations are equipped with natural-draft cooling towers. The\\u000a flue gases are directly piped into the cooling towers, thereby receiving an additionally intensified

Detlef Hinneburg; Eberhard Renner; Ralf Wolke

2009-01-01

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Effect of high concentrations of inorganic seed aerosols on secondary organic aerosol formation in the m-xylene/NO x photooxidation system  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

High concentrations (>15 ?m 3 cm -3) of CaSO 4, Ca(NO 3) 2 and (NH 4) 2SO 4 were selected as surrogates of dry neutral, aqueous neutral and dry acidic inorganic seed aerosols, respectively, to study the effects of inorganic seeds on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in irradiated m-xylene/NO x photooxidation systems. The results indicate that neither ozone formation nor SOA formation is significantly affected by the presence of neutral aerosols (both dry CaSO 4 and aqueous Ca(NO 3) 2), even at elevated concentrations. The presence of high concentrations of (NH 4) 2SO 4 aerosols (dry acidic) has no obvious effect on ozone formation, but it does enhance SOA generation and increase SOA yields. In addition, the effect of dry (NH 4) 2SO 4 on SOA yield is found to be positively correlated with the (NH 4) 2SO 4 surface concentration, and the effect is pronounced only when the surface concentration reaches a threshold value. Further, it is proposed that the SOA generation enhancement is achieved by particle-phase heterogeneous reactions induced and catalyzed by the acidity of dry (NH 4) 2SO 4 seed aerosols.

Lu, Zifeng; Hao, Jiming; Takekawa, Hideto; Hu, Lanhua; Li, Junhua

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Modelling the formation and atmospheric transport of secondary inorganic aerosols with special attention to regions with high ammonia emissions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Regional simulations of sulfate, nitrate and ammonium aerosols were performed by a nested application of the online-coupled three-dimensional Eulerian model system COSMO-MUSCAT. This was done in a domain covering the northern part of Germany and surrounding regions for the full month of May and a 6-week period in August/September 2006 with the primary focus on secondary inorganic aerosol levels caused by ammonia emissions from domesticated animals and agricultural operations. The results show that in situations with westerly winds ammonium nitrate dominates with concentrations of about 5-10 ?g m -3 whereas the ammonium sulfate concentrations are about 5 ?g m -3. In situations with winds mainly from the East characterized by warmer and dryer air the ammonium sulfate concentrations have their maximum at about 10 ?g m -3 whereas at the same time no ammonium nitrate is present. A reduction of agricultural NH 3 emissions by 50% in a regional scale reduces the ammonium nitrate concentrations to a maximum of 30%, while the ammonium sulfate concentrations are unchanged. The reduction of NH 3 emissions in a more limited area (here in the Federal state of Germany Niedersachsen) does have no noticeable effect neither on ammonium sulfate nor on ammonium nitrate.

Renner, E.; Wolke, R.

2010-05-01

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Day-night variability of EC, OC, WSOC and inorganic ions in urban environment of Indo-Gangetic Plain: Implications to secondary aerosol formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This manuscript reports on the day- and night-time variability of EC, OC, WSOC and inorganic ions in ambient aerosols (PM 2.5 and PM 10) sampled from an urban site (Kanpur) in the Indo-Gangetic Plain. The chemical data also provide evidence for the secondary aerosol formation and variability in the composition of particulate matter. The aerosol mass is dominated by fine-mode particles and PM 2.5/PM 10 mass ratio exhibit significant temporal variability (range: 0.46 to 0.86). The chemical composition suggests that total carbonaceous aerosols (TCA = 1.6 × OC + EC) and water-soluble inorganic species (WSIS) account for nearly 50 and 20% of the PM 2.5 mass, respectively. The mass concentrations of PM 2.5, EC and OC show about 30% increase during night-time. A significant linear relation between EC-OC ( R2 = 0.66) and OC-K + ( R2 = 0.59) and their characteristic ratios suggest biomass burning emission as a dominant source. The average WSOC/OC ratio is relatively high in the day-time samples (0.66 ± 0.11) compared to that in the night-time (0.47 ± 0.07); suggesting increased contribution of secondary organic aerosols. The mass fraction of particulate NO 3- increases by a factor of five during night-time due to relatively stable NH 4NO 3 and/or its secondary formation from the hydrolysis of N 2O 5. Although the concentration of SO 42- is noticeably higher during day-time (˜20%), the day-night variability of particulate-NH 4+ is insignificant. The concentrations of OC, EC and inorganic species (K +, NH 4+, NO 3- and SO 42-) show 2 to 4 fold increase during the haze events.

Ram, Kirpa; Sarin, M. M.

2011-01-01

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CCN activity of aliphatic amine secondary aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aliphatic amines can form secondary aerosol via oxidation with atmospheric radicals (e.g. hydroxyl radical and nitrate radical). The particle composition can contain both secondary organic aerosol (SOA) and inorganic salts. The fraction of organic to inorganic materials in the particulate phase influences aerosol hygroscopicity and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity. SOA formed from trimethylamine (TMA) and butylamine (BA) reactions with hydroxyl radical (OH) is composed of organic material of low hygroscopicity (single hygroscopicity parameter, ? ? 0.25). Secondary aerosol formed from the tertiary aliphatic amine (TMA) with N2O5 (source of nitrate radical, NO3), contains less volatile compounds than the primary aliphatic amine (BA) aerosol. TMA + N2O5 form semi-volatile organics in low RH conditions that have ? ~ 0.20, indicative of slightly soluble organic material. As RH increases, several inorganic amine salts are formed as a result of acid-base reactions. The CCN activity of the humid TMA-N2O5 aerosol obeys Zdanovskii, Stokes, and Robinson (ZSR) ideal mixing rules. Higher CCN activity (? > 0.3) was also observed for humid BA+N2O5 aerosols compared with dry aerosol (? ~ 0.2), as a result of the formation of inorganic salts such as NH4NO3 and butylamine nitrate (C4H11N · HNO3). Compared with TMA, BA+N2O5 reactions produce more volatile aerosols. The BA+N2O5 aerosol products under humid experiments were found to be very sensitive to the temperature within the stream-wise continuous flow thermal gradient CCN counter. The CCN counter, when set above a 21 °C temperature difference, evaporates BA+N2O5 aerosol formed at RH ? 30%; ? ranges from 0.4 to 0.7 and is dependent on the instrument supersaturation (ss) settings. The aerosol behaves non-ideally, hence simple ZSR rules cannot be applied to the CCN results from the primary aliphatic amine system. Overall, aliphatic amine aerosol systems ? ranges from 0.2 < ? < 0.7. This work indicates that aerosols formed via nighttime reactions with amines are likely to produce hygroscopic and volatile aerosol whereas photochemical reactions with OH produce secondary organic aerosol of lower CCN activity. Thermal gradient CCN counters measurement will impact the observed CCN activity of volatile aerosol formed via a nitric acid pathway. The contributions of semi-volatile secondary organic and inorganic material from aliphatic amines must be considered for accurate hygroscopicity and CCN predictions from aliphatic amine systems.

Tang, X.; Price, D.; Praske, E.; Vu, D.; Purvis-Roberts, K.; Silva, P. J.; Cocker, D. R., III; Asa-Awuku, A.

2014-01-01

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Isolating the effects of climate change in the variation of secondary inorganic aerosols (SIA) in Europe for the 21st century (1991-2100)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The analysis of the influence of future climatic variations on air quality needs of methods that give a space-time display of large atmospheric data related to air pollution. Here a new approach in order to assess the impacts of climate change on the patterns of variation of secondary inorganic aerosols (SIA) over Europe is presented. The most widely used method of analysis (selected time-slices, future-minus-present method) is very sensitive to the chosen control and future periods because of the internal variability of the climate system. In order to overcome this limitation, full transient simulations for the period 1991-2100 under the SRES A2 scenario are analysed by the Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOFs) methodology in order minimise the uncertainty associated to the internal variability due to the longer time series obtained. The results indicate that the EOF1 accounts for around 30-45% of the total variance for the SIA levels and points out a general increase of its trend over the entire domain ( p < 0.005), except in the case of nitrate, whose change signal is not significant ( p > 0.1). The correlation between SIA and meteorological parameters indicates that the trends and patterns of variation of aerosols are related to the higher temperature projected for the future climate. It favours the formation of sulphates and ammonium (increasing the concentrations of atmospheric oxidants) and the decomposition of ammonium nitrate, remaining in the gas phase. Further, the decreases in precipitation have a strong effect on the frequency of the washout and therefore in the levels of aerosols. The concentrations of aerosols decrease with increasing precipitation as wet deposition provides the main aerosol sink. The trend from a decreasing mixing height found in several areas of Europe is frequently related to a decrease in precipitation, representing an adding effect for the enhanced future SIA concentrations.

Jimenez-Guerrero, Pedro; Jose Gomez-Navarro, Juan; Jerez, Sonia; Lorente-Plazas, Raquel; Garcia-Valero, Juan Andres; Montavez, Juan Pedro

2011-02-01

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Secondary Inorganic Soluble Aerosol in Hong Kong: Continuous Measurements, Formation Mechanism Discussion and Improvement of an Observation-Based Model to Study Control Strategies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Work in this thesis focuses on half-hourly or hourly measurements of PM2.5 secondary inorganic aerosols (SIA) in two locations in Hong Kong (HK) using a continuous system, PILS (Particle-into-Liquid System) coupled to two ion chromatographs. The high-resolution data sets allow the examination of SIA temporal dynamics in the scale of hours that the filter-based approach is incapable of providing. (1) Impacts of local emissions, regional transports and their interactions on chemical composition and concentrations of PM2.5 SIA and other ionic species were investigated at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST), a receptor site, under three synoptic conditions. (2) Chemical compositions and size characteristics of ionic species were investigated at Tung Chung, a new town area located in the Southwest part of HK. The sampling period was from 17 to 26 December 2009, covering both normal conditions and an aerosol episode. The three major secondary inorganic ions, SO42, NH4+ and NO 3-, accounted for 47 +/- 6% of PM2.5 mass. Further examination of size characteristics of NO3 - shows that fine mode NO3- is more likely to occur in environments when the fine particles are less acidic and the sea-salt aerosol contributions are low. (3) The ionic chemical composition of PM2.5 and meteorological parameters (e.g., temperature, RH) obtained at the HKUST site under all three different synoptic conditions are input into Aerosol Inorganic Model (AIM-III) for estimation of in situ pH through calculation of H+ amount and aerosol liquid water content (LWC). The second part of this thesis work is to improve an observation-based model (OBAMAP) for SIA, which was first developed by Dr. Zibing Yuan (2006) to evaluate the sensitivity of formation of nitrate ad sulfate to changes in the emissions of their precursors (i.e., NOx, SO2, and VOCs). The improvement work includes incorporating updated chemical mechanisms, thermodynamic equilibrium for gas-aerosol phase apportionment and size distribution of SIA. The new OBM for SIA is applied to hourly gaseous and particulate composition data measured during a wintertime pollution episode encountered in Tung Chung for probing effectiveness of different precursor control strategies. The OBM is demonstrated to provide a relatively simple and cost-effective tool for analyzing the increasing database of high time resolution measurements of VOCs and major aerosol ionic species. In this thesis, we propose a new production regime of SO4 2- in which oxidation of S(IV) is dominated by NO 2 and O3 in the aqueous phase. Simulated with a simplified version of OBAMAP, it is shown elevation of NOx favors productions of SO42- in this regime, especially under high-SO 2 conditions. We then study the importance of NO2-derived and O3-derived SO42- during haze episodes in PRD and during winter at urban/suburban locations in PRD. Our findings reveal these two pathways account for >70% of SO42- productions. Since production of NO2-derived SO4 2- is independent on solar actinic fluxes while production by other pathways is, NO2-derived SO42- plays a more important role under low solar actinic fluxes conditions, even during the night time. In addition, it is noted that high levels of NO2-derived SO42- can only be expected under high-SO2 conditions (like in PRD) because level of atmospheric SO2 is the limiting parameter. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)

Xue, Jian

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Mechanism for production of secondary organic aerosols and their representation in atmospheric models. Final report  

SciTech Connect

This document contains the following: organic aerosol formation from the oxidation of biogenic hydrocarbons; gas/particle partitioning of semivolatile organic compounds to model inorganic, organic, and ambient smog aerosols; and representation of secondary organic aerosol formation in atmospheric models.

Seinfeld, J.H.; Flagan, R.C.

1999-06-07

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EFFECT OF ACIDITY ON SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOL FORMATION FROM ISOPRENE  

EPA Science Inventory

The effect of particle-phase acidity on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from isoprene is investigated in a laboratory chamber study, in which the acidity of the inorganic seed aerosol was controlled systematically. The observed enhancement in SOA mass concentration is c...

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Cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity of aliphatic amine secondary aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aliphatic amines can form secondary aerosol via oxidation with atmospheric radicals (e.g., hydroxyl radical and nitrate radical). The particle can contain both secondary organic aerosol (SOA) and inorganic salts. The ratio of organic to inorganic materials in the particulate phase influences aerosol hygroscopicity and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity. SOA formed from trimethylamine (TMA) and butylamine (BA) reactions with hydroxyl radical (OH) is composed of organic material of low hygroscopicity (single hygroscopicity parameter, ?, ? 0.25). Secondary aerosol formed from the tertiary aliphatic amine (TMA) with N2O5 (source of nitrate radical, NO3) contains less volatile compounds than the primary aliphatic amine (BA) aerosol. As relative humidity (RH) increases, inorganic amine salts are formed as a result of acid-base reactions. The CCN activity of the humid TMA-N2O5 aerosol obeys Zdanovskii, Stokes, and Robinson (ZSR) ideal mixing rules. The humid BA + N2O5 aerosol products were found to be very sensitive to the temperature at which the measurements were made within the streamwise continuous-flow thermal gradient CCN counter; ? ranges from 0.4 to 0.7 dependent on the instrument supersaturation (ss) settings. The variance of the measured aerosol ? values indicates that simple ZSR rules cannot be applied to the CCN results from the primary aliphatic amine system. Overall, aliphatic amine aerosol systems' ? ranges within 0.2 < ? < 0.7. This work indicates that aerosols formed via nighttime reactions with amines are likely to produce hygroscopic and volatile aerosol, whereas photochemical reactions with OH produce secondary organic aerosol of lower CCN activity. The contributions of semivolatile secondary organic and inorganic material from aliphatic amines must be considered for accurate hygroscopicity and CCN predictions from aliphatic amine systems.

Tang, X.; Price, D.; Praske, E.; Vu, D. N.; Purvis-Roberts, K.; Silva, P. J.; Cocker, D. R., III; Asa-Awuku, A.

2014-06-01

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Characterizing the Formation of Secondary Organic Aerosols.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Organic aerosol is an important fraction of the fine particulate matter present in the atmosphere. This organic aerosol comes from a variety of sources; primary organic aerosol emitted directly from combustion process, and secondary aerosol formed in the ...

M. Lunden D. Black N. Brown

2004-01-01

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Role of ammonia chemistry and coarse mode aerosols in global climatological inorganic aerosol distributions  

Microsoft Academic Search

We use an inorganic aerosol thermodynamic equilibrium model in a three-dimensional chemical transport model to understand the roles of ammonia chemistry and natural aerosols on the global distribution of aerosols. The thermodynamic equilibrium model partitions gas-phase precursors among modeled aerosol species self-consistently with ambient relative humidity and natural and anthropogenic aerosol emissions during the 1990s.Model simulations show that accounting for

Chao Luo; Charles S. Zendera; Huisheng Bian; Swen Metzger

2007-01-01

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Spatial and seasonal variability of PM2.5 acidity at two Chinese megacities: insights into the formation of secondary inorganic aerosols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosol acidity is one of the most important parameters influencing atmospheric chemistry and physics. Based on continuous field observation from January 2005 to May 2006, both spatial and seasonal variation in PM2.5 acidity was investigated at Beijing and Chongqing, two megacities in northern and southwestern China, respectively. PM2.5 was generally more acidic at urban and rural sites in Chongqing than Beijing, but a reverse spatial pattern was found within the two cities, with more acidic PM2.5 at urban Beijing and rural Chongqing comparing to their rural and urban sites, respectively. PM2.5 was more acidic in summer and fall than in winter, while large inter-annual variations were evident during the springs of 2005 and 2006, with Beijing and Chongqing exhibiting opposite trends, however. The higher acidity of PM2.5 in the spring of 2006 in Beijing was attributed to the influence of Asian desert dust which significantly enhanced the formation of nitrate relative to sulfate; in contrast, the more acidic aerosols found during the spring of 2005 in Chongqing was mainly due to the greater wet deposition of ammonium, and precipitation was probably one of the key factors that controlled the partition of ammonium in PM2.5 and rain water over the surrounding region. Meanwhile, PM2.5 became more acidic at both cities from spring into early summer of 2005. The synoptic-scale evolution of its acidity was found to be closely associated with the greater contribution of air masses from between the Northern China Plain to the south of Beijing, and from central China to the east of Chongqing, and was ended by the northward movement of a subtropical high over the northwestern Pacific, a major element of the Asian summer monsoon. Under conditions of high aerosol acidity, heterogeneous reactions may become one of the major pathways for the formation of nitrate at both cities. These findings may also explain the significant variation in inter-annual aerosol acidity observed during other seasons at Beijing, Chongqing and many other cities in China, as reported in previous studies.

He, K.; Zhao, Q.; Ma, Y.; Duan, F.; Yang, F.

2011-09-01

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Collection and analysis of inorganic and water soluble organic aerosols over Maryland and Virginia  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosols aloft have slower removal than those near the ground, in part, because dry and wet deposition rates result in longer lifetimes and greater range of influence. Knowledge of deposition rates and range of transport for different species are important for developing local and regional air quality policy. Currently, the vertical distribution of organic aerosols (OA's) and their polar, oxidized fraction is largely unknown. Comprehensive methods to analyze aerosol composition collected in the boundary layer and the lower free troposphere are lacking. During DISCOVER AQ 2011, both the NASA P3 and Cessna 402B collected aerosols, through shrouded aerosol inlets, onto Teflon and quartz fiber filters. Collection occurred in both the boundary layer and lower free troposphere over Maryland and Virginia, USA. After extraction with water and optimizing separation via ion chromatography, commonly identified secondary organic aerosols can be separated based on their functionality as mono-, di-, or polycarboxylic acids. Inorganic aerosol components can simultaneously be separated and identified with the same method. Individual organic acid compound analysis with detection limits in the low ppb range can be achieved when conductivity/ultraviolet/ and mass spectrometric detectors are placed in tandem. Additionally, thermo optical analysis can be used to determine the mass fraction of water soluble organic carbon versus the total collected mass. This research is designed to provide information on the vertical distribution of particulate organic carbon in the atmosphere, its optical properties, information on aerosol transport in the lower free troposphere, and to provide water soluble organic aerosol structural characterization.

Brent, L. C.; Ziemba, L. D.; Beyersdorf, A. J.; Phinney, K.; Conny, J.; Dickerson, R. R.

2012-12-01

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Evaporation of mixed inorganic/organic aerosol particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biogenic sources as well as human activities contribute large amounts of volatile organic compounds to the atmosphere. Upon oxidation, polyfunctional molecules such as dicarboxylic acids are formed. These molecules generally have lower vapor pressures than the parent molecules and are able to condense on existing particles or maybe even participate in formation of new particles in the atmosphere. Current knowledge about the thermodynamic properties governing this partitioning as well as the influence of the organic molecules on properties of aqueous solution droplets is poor. We have therefore developed a new method based on the HTDMA technique (Hygroscopicity Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer) for determining the subcooled liquid state vapor pressure as well as other thermodynamic properties of secondary organic aerosol components. We have recently measured evaporation rates of aqueous solution droplets containing one dicarboxylic acid (C3 to C5) and water [1-2-3]. In this work we expand the list of organics and investigate more complicated systems such as dicarboxylic acid together with inorganic salts. In addition, we show the first results of evaporation of freshly produced organic particles in an environmental chamber. References: 1. Koponen IK, Thermodynamic properties of malonic, succinic, and glutaric acids: Evaporation rates and saturation vapor pressures. Environmental Science & Technology, 41(11), 3926-3933, 2007. 2. Riipinen I, A method for determining thermophysical properties of organic material in aqueous solutions: Succinic acid. Atmospheric Research, 82(3-4), 579-590, 2006. 3. Zardini AA et al., White light Mie resonance spectroscopy used to measure very low vapor pressures of substances in aqueous solution aerosol particles. Optics Express 14,6951-6962, 2006.

Zardini, A.; Riipinen, I.; Kulmala, M.; Bilde, M.

2009-04-01

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Factor analysis of combined organic and inorganic aerosol mass spectra from high resolution aerosol mass spectrometer measurements  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Positive matrix factorization (PMF) was applied to the merged high resolution mass spectra of organic and inorganic aerosols from aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) measurements to investigate the sources and evolution processes of submicron aerosols in New York City in summer 2009. This new approach is able to study the distribution of organic and inorganic species in different types of aerosols, the acidity of organic aerosol (OA) factors, and the fragment ion patterns related to photochemical processing. In this study, PMF analysis of the unified AMS spectral matrix resolved 8 factors. The hydrocarbon-like OA (HOA) and cooking OA (COA) factors contain negligible amounts of inorganic species. The two factors that are primarily ammonium sulfate (SO4-OA) and ammonium nitrate (NO3-OA), respectively, are overall neutralized. Among all OA factors the organic fraction of SO4-OA shows the highest degree of oxidation (O/C = 0.69). Two semi-volatile oxygenated OA (OOA) factors, i.e., a less oxidized (LO-OOA) and a more oxidized (MO-OOA), were also identified. MO-OOA represents local photochemical products with a diurnal profile exhibiting a pronounced noon peak, consistent with those of formaldehyde (HCHO) and Ox(= O3 + NO2). The NO+/NO2+ ion ratio in MO-OOA is much higher than that in NO3-OA and in pure ammonium nitrate, indicating the formation of organic nitrates. The nitrogen-enriched OA (NOA) factor contains ~25% of acidic inorganic salts, suggesting the formation of secondary OA via acid-base reactions of amines. The size distributions of OA factors derived from the size-resolved mass spectra show distinct diurnal evolving behaviors but overall a progressing evolution from smaller to larger particle mode as the oxidation degree of OA increases. Our results demonstrate that PMF analysis of the unified aerosol mass spectral matrix which contains both inorganic and organic aerosol signals may enable the deconvolution of more OA factors and gain more insights into the sources, processes, and chemical characteristics of OA in the atmosphere.

Sun, Y. L.; Zhang, Q.; Schwab, J. J.; Yang, T.; Ng, N. L.; Demerjian, K. L.

2012-09-01

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Formation of secondary aerosols over Europe: comparison of two gas-phase chemical mechanisms  

Microsoft Academic Search

The impact of two recent gas-phase chemical kinetic mechanisms (CB05 and RACM2) on the formation of secondary inorganic and organic aerosols is compared for simulations of PM2.5 over Europe between 15 July and 15 August 2001. The host chemistry transport model is Polair3D of the Polyphemus air-quality platform. Particulate matter is modeled with a sectional aerosol model (SIREAM), which is

Y. Kim; K. Sartelet; C. Seigneur

2011-01-01

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Glass transition measurements in mixed organic and organic/inorganic aerosol particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The recent proposal of a semi-solid or glassy state of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles has sparked intense research in that area. In particular, potential effects of a glassy aerosol state such as incomplete gas-to-particle partitioning of semi-volatile organics, inhibited chemical reactions and water uptake, and the potential to act as heterogeneous ice nuclei have been identified so far. Many of these studies use well-studied proxies for oxidized organics such as sugars or other polyols. There are, however, few measurements on compounds that do exist in atmospheric aerosol particles. Here, we have performed studies on the phase state of organics that actually occur in natural SOA particles arising from the oxidation of alpha-pinene emitted in boreal forests. We have investigated the two marker compounds pinonic acid and 3-methylbutane-1,2,3-tricarboxylic acid (3-MBTCA) and their mixtures. 3-MBCTA was synthesized from methyl isobutyrate and dimethyl maleate in two steps. In order to transfer these substances into a glassy state we have developed a novel aerosol spray drying technique. Dilute solutions of the relevant organics are atomized into aerosol particles which are dried subsequently by diffusion drying. The dried aerosol particles are then recollected in an impactor and studied by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), which provides unambiguous information on the aerosols' phase state, i.e. whether the particles are crystalline or glassy. In the latter case DSC is used to determine the glass transition temperature Tg of the investigated samples. Using the above setup we were able to determine Tg of various mixtures of organic aerosol compounds as a function of their dry mass fraction, thus allowing to infer a relation between Tg and the O:C ratio of the aerosols. Moreover, we also studied the glass transition behavior of mixed organic/inorganic aerosol particles, including the effects of liquid-liquid phase separation upon drying.

Dette, Hans Peter; Qi, Mian; Schröder, David; Godt, Adelheid; Koop, Thomas

2014-05-01

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Integrated approaches to modeling the organic and inorganic atmospheric aerosol components  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A series of modeling approaches for the description of the dynamic behavior of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) components and their interactions with inorganics is presented. The models employ a lumped species approach based on available smog chamber studies and the UNIquac Functional-group Activity Coefficient (UNIFAC) method to estimate SOA water absorption. The additional water due to SOA species can change the partitioning behavior of the semi-volatile inorganics. Primary organic particles significantly influence the SOA partitioning between gas and aerosol phases. The SOA size distribution predicted by a bulk equilibrium approach is biased toward smaller sizes compared with that of a fully dynamic model. An improved weighting scheme for the bulk equilibrium approach is proposed in this work and is shown to minimize this discrepancy. SOA is predicted to increase the total aerosol water in Southern California by 2-13% depending on conditions. However, the effect of SOA water absorption on aerosol nitrate is insignificant for all the cases studied in Southern California.

Koo, Bonyoung; Ansari, Asif S.; Pandis, Spyros N.

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation: New Insights  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A discussion of some of the important issues related to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation is presented, and SOA formation is placed in a context of global fine aerosol sources. Outdoor smog chamber experiments are described for the purposes of exploring the effects of different types of background aerosols on SOA formation from the reaction of ? -pinene with NOx in the presence of natural sunlight. Experiments were carried out by first adding 20 to 200 ? g/m3 of background aerosols (such as diesel soot, wood smog, and ammonium sulfate seed particles) into 190m3, 140m3, and 25m3 Teflon film outdoor chambers prior to the addition of ? -pinene and NOx. SOA formation was monitored using a scanning mobility particle sizer (TSI-SMPS). Gas and particle phase products were sampled over the course of experiments using denuders and filters. Chamber results indicated that condensed SOA can dramatically alter the chemical composition of primary diesel soot particles as they age in the atmosphere. Since particle phase aldehyde chemistry has recently been implicated as a potentially large source of SOA (Jang and Kamens, et al., Science 2002), aerosol growth by the heterogeneous reactions of different organic carbonyls in the presence/absence of acidified seed aerosols was studied in a flow reactor and 500-liter Teflon bag system under dark conditions. The results from unsaturated carbonyl and dicarbonyl experiments indicate large increases in SOA formation in the presence of acidified aerosols. This has implications for both biogenic and aromatic systems that generate SOA.

Kamens, R. M.; Jang, M.; Lee, S.; Czoschke, N.; Leungsakul, S.; Hu, D.

2003-12-01

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Hygroscopicity frequency distributions of secondary organic aerosols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic compounds are an important component of ambient aerosol and potentially lower the supersaturation that is required for individual particles to serve as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed from the oxidation of a single precursor can be composed of many different compounds and their overall CCN efficiency has been reported for many different SOA systems. An aerosol's CCN efficiency can be described by a single hygroscopicity parameter, ?. However, this ? comprises an unknown distribution of underlying ?-values resulting from each individual compound in the SOA mixture. Here we report on a new technique for characterizing this distribution of?. Precursor hydrocarbons were oxidized in an environmental chamber to form SOA, which was collected on filters and extracted using ethyl acetate. Extracts were then fractionated by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography using gradient elution with acetonitrile and water. The eluate was atomized, the solvent was removed by evaporation, and the residual aerosol particles were analyzed as a function of retention time using scanning flow CCN analysis. Kappa-values generally decreased with component retention time, consistent with expected decreasing polarity. Averaged SOA?-values reconstructed by integrating over the chromatogram agreed well with values measured for SOA sampled directly from the environmental chamber, suggesting that?for SOA represents the volume-weighted average of the constituent compounds'?-values. We anticipate that our measured hygroscopicity distributions will serve as validation points for mechanistic models that seek to predict the generation and evolution of organic aerosol composition and properties in the atmosphere.

Suda, S. R.; Petters, M. D.; Matsunaga, A.; Sullivan, R. C.; Ziemann, P. J.; Kreidenweis, S. M.

2012-02-01

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Characterizing the formation of secondary organic aerosols  

SciTech Connect

Organic aerosol is an important fraction of the fine particulate matter present in the atmosphere. This organic aerosol comes from a variety of sources; primary organic aerosol emitted directly from combustion process, and secondary aerosol formed in the atmosphere from condensable vapors. This secondary organic aerosol (SOA) can result from both anthropogenic and biogenic sources. In rural areas of the United States, organic aerosols can be a significant part of the aerosol load in the atmosphere. However, the extent to which gas-phase biogenic emissions contribute to this organic load is poorly understood. Such an understanding is crucial to properly apportion the effect of anthropogenic emissions in these rural areas that are sometimes dominated by biogenic sources. To help gain insight on the effect of biogenic emissions on particle concentrations in rural areas, we have been conducting a field measurement program at the University of California Blodgett Forest Research Facility. The field location includes has been used to acquire an extensive suite of measurements resulting in a rich data set, containing a combination of aerosol, organic, and nitrogenous species concentration and meteorological data with a long time record. The field location was established in 1997 by Allen Goldstein, a professor in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California at Berkeley to study interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere. The Goldstein group focuses on measurements of concentrations and whole ecosystem biosphere-atmosphere fluxes for volatile organic compounds (VOC's), oxygenated volatile organic compounds (OVOC's), ozone, carbon dioxide, water vapor, and energy. Another important collaborator at the Blodgett field location is Ronald Cohen, a professor in the Chemistry Department at the University of California at Berkeley. At the Blodgett field location, his group his group performs measurements of the concentrations of important gas phase nitrogen compounds. Experiments have been ongoing at the Blodgett field site since the fall of 2000, and have included portions of the summer and fall of 2001, 2002, and 2003. Analysis of both the gas and particle phase data from the year 2000 show that the particle loading at the site correlates with both biogenic precursors emitted in the forest and anthropogenic precursors advected to the site from Sacramento and the Central Valley of California. Thus the particles at the site are affected by biogenic processing of anthropogenic emissions. Size distribution measurements show that the aerosol at the site has a geometric median diameter of approximately 100 nm. On many days, in the early afternoon, growth of nuclei mode particles (<20 nm) is also observed. These growth events tend to occur on days with lower average temperatures, but are observed throughout the summer. Analysis of the size resolved data for these growth events, combined with typical measured terpene emissions, show that the particle mass measured in these nuclei mode particles could come from oxidation products of biogenic emissions, and can serve as a significant route for SOA partitioning into the particle phase. During periods of each year, the effect of emissions for forest fires can be detected at the Blodgett field location. During the summer of 2002 emissions from the Biscuit fire, a large fire located in Southwest Oregon, was detected in the aerosol data. The results show that increases in particle scattering can be directly related to increased black carbon concentration and an appearance of a larger mode in the aerosol size distribution. These results show that emissions from fires can have significant impact on visibility over large distances. The results also reinforce the view that forest fires can be a significant source of black carbon in the atmosphere, which has important climate and visibility. Continuing work with the 2002 data set, particularly the combination of the aerosol and gas phase data, will continue to provide important information o

Lunden, Melissa; Black, Douglas; Brown, Nancy

2004-02-01

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Organosulfate formation in biogenic secondary organic aerosol.  

PubMed

Organosulfates of isoprene, alpha-pinene, and beta-pinene have recently been identified in both laboratory-generated and ambient secondary organic aerosol (SOA). In this study, the mechanism and ubiquity of organosulfate formation in biogenic SOA is investigated by a comprehensive series of laboratory photooxidation (i.e., OH-initiated oxidation) and nighttime oxidation (i.e., NO3-initiated oxidation under dark conditions) experiments using nine monoterpenes (alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, d-limonene, l-limonene, alpha-terpinene, gamma-terpinene, terpinolene, Delta(3)-carene, and beta-phellandrene) and three monoterpenes (alpha-pinene, d-limonene, and l-limonene), respectively. Organosulfates were characterized using liquid chromatographic techniques coupled to electrospray ionization combined with both linear ion trap and high-resolution time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Organosulfates are formed only when monoterpenes are oxidized in the presence of acidified sulfate seed aerosol, a result consistent with prior work. Archived laboratory-generated isoprene SOA and ambient filter samples collected from the southeastern U.S. were reexamined for organosulfates. By comparing the tandem mass spectrometric and accurate mass measurements collected for both the laboratory-generated and ambient aerosol, previously uncharacterized ambient organic aerosol components are found to be organosulfates of isoprene, alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, and limonene-like monoterpenes (e.g., myrcene), demonstrating the ubiquity of organosulfate formation in ambient SOA. Several of the organosulfates of isoprene and of the monoterpenes characterized in this study are ambient tracer compounds for the occurrence of biogenic SOA formation under acidic conditions. Furthermore, the nighttime oxidation experiments conducted under highly acidic conditions reveal a viable mechanism for the formation of previously identified nitrooxy organosulfates found in ambient nighttime aerosol samples. We estimate that the organosulfate contribution to the total organic mass fraction of ambient aerosol collected from K-puszta, Hungary, a field site with a similar organosulfate composition as that found in the present study for the southeastern U.S., can be as high as 30%. PMID:18710205

Surratt, Jason D; Gómez-González, Yadian; Chan, Arthur W H; Vermeylen, Reinhilde; Shahgholi, Mona; Kleindienst, Tadeusz E; Edney, Edward O; Offenberg, John H; Lewandowski, Michael; Jaoui, Mohammed; Maenhaut, Willy; Claeys, Magda; Flagan, Richard C; Seinfeld, John H

2008-09-11

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Laboratory Measured Optical Properties of Inorganic and Organic Aerosols at Relative Humidities up to 95%  

Microsoft Academic Search

Relative humidity (RH) affects the liquid water contentof an aerosol, alteringits scattering and absorption of visible light, which is important for aerosol effects on visibility and climate. Particle light extinction, light scattering and light absorption coefficient values are reported here for laboratory-generated inorganic and organic carbon (OC) aerosols at RH values between 8% and 95%. Light scattering was measured with

Benjamin T. Brem; Francisco C. MenaGonzalez; Scott R. Meyers; Tami C. Bond; Mark J. Rood

2011-01-01

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Laboratory-Measured Optical Properties of Inorganic and Organic Aerosols at Relative Humidities up to 95%  

Microsoft Academic Search

Relative humidity (RH) affects the liquid water content of an aerosol, altering its scattering and absorption of visible light, which is important for aerosol effects on visibility and climate. Particle light extinction, light scattering, and light absorption coefficient values are reported here for laboratory-generated inorganic and organic carbon (OC) aerosols at RH values between 8% and 95%. Light scattering was

Benjamin T. Brem; Francisco C. Mena Gonzalez; Scott R. Meyers; Tami C. Bond; Mark J. Rood

2012-01-01

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Formation of secondary aerosols: impact of the gas-phase chemical mechanism  

Microsoft Academic Search

The impact of two recent gas-phase chemical kinetic mechanisms (CB05 and RACM2) on the formation of secondary inorganic and organic aerosols is compared for simulations of PM2.5 over Europe between 15 July and 15 August 2001. The host chemistry transport model is Polair3D of the Polyphemus air-quality platform. Particulate matter is modeled with SIREAM, which is coupled to the thermodynamic

Y. Kim; K. Sartelet; C. Seigneur

2010-01-01

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CARES Helps Explain Secondary Organic Aerosols  

ScienceCinema

What happens when urban man-made pollution mixes with what we think of as pristine forest air? To know more about what this interaction means for the climate, the Carbonaceous Aerosol and Radiative Effects Study, or CARES, field campaign was designed in 2010. The sampling strategy during CARES was coordinated with CalNex 2010, another major field campaign that was planned in California in 2010 by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). "We found two things. When urban pollution mixes with forest pollutions we get more secondary organic aerosols," said Rahul Zaveri, FCSD scientist and project lead on CARES. "SOAs are thought to be formed primarily from forest emissions but only when they interact with urban emissions. The data is saying that there will be climate cooling over the central California valley because of these interactions." Knowledge gained from detailed analyses of data gathered during the CARES campaign, together with laboratory experiments, is being used to improve existing climate models.

Zaveri, Rahul

2014-06-02

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Summary of the CARBOSOL project: Present and retrospective state of organic versus inorganic aerosol over Europe  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosol is an important source of uncertainty concerning the role of the atmosphere in climate forcing. In particular, major gaps exist with respect to its carbonaceous fraction in terms of composition, source apportionment (natural versus anthropogenic), change over the past, and radiative impact. The CARBOSOL project contributes to reduce these uncertainties. CARBOSOL combines a 2-year study of present-day carbonaceous aerosol in air and precipitation in western/central Europe with the trends of climatically relevant species in Alpine ice cores. Comparisons between observed atmospheric distributions (present and proxy of past) and transport/chemistry model simulations allow to test the accuracy of present and past anthropogenic emission inventories and enable for the first time a comparison of the model results for individual components (primary, secondary, fossil fuel, and biogenic) against data derived from measurements. The net radiative effect of the aerosol load and composition (inorganic/organic) in Europe is evaluated using radiative/chemistry/transport models. This summary paper gives an overview of the CARBOSOL goals, and reports on the key findings as a guide to the results detailed in the papers that follow.

Legrand, M.; Puxbaum, H.

2007-12-01

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Gasoline contributes more than diesel to secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Gasoline-powered vehicles contribute more to secondary organic aerosol formation than diesel-fueled vehicles do, a new study shows. Organic compounds in gasoline fuel and diesel exhaust can lead to the formation of secondary organic aerosols, which negatively affect air quality, visibility, and health and have impacts on climate; however, few studies have investigated the relative contribution of gasoline and diesel to secondary aerosols. Traffic studies have found that the ratio of gasoline-to diesel-powered vehicles changes on weekends. For instance, in the Los Angeles, Calif., area, diesel emissions are about 54% lower on weekends than on weekdays, though gasoline emissions are about the same.

Balcerak, Ernie

2012-05-01

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Humidity influence on gas-particle phase partitioning of ?-pinene + O3 secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Water vapor uptake to particles could potentially affect organic-aerosol mass in three ways: first, water in the organic phase could reduce organic (equilibrium) partial pressures according to Raoult's law; second, an aqueous phase could attract water soluble organics according to Henry's law; finally, deliquescence of inorganic particle cores could mix the organic and inorganic particle phases, significantly diluting the organics and again reducing organic partial pressures according to Raoult's law. We present experiments using initially dry ?-pinene + ozone secondary organic aerosol (SOA) on ammonium sulfate (AS) seeds at atmospheric concentrations in a smog chamber. After SOA formation, the chamber relative humidity is increased steadily by addition of steam to near 100%. Little subsequent SOA mass growth is observed, suggesting that none of these potential effects play a strong role in this system.

Prisle, N. L.; Engelhart, G. J.; Bilde, M.; Donahue, N. M.

2010-01-01

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Investigative Modeling of New Pathways for Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation.  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Recent advances in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) research are reviewed and the status of current understanding is investigated with a model of SOA formation. Benzene and isoprene are newly identified precursors that are included here in the SOA model; t...

B. K. Pun C. Seigneur

2006-01-01

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A Review of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Formation from Isoprene  

EPA Science Inventory

Recent field and laboratory evidence indicates that the oxidation of isoprene forms secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Global biogenic emissions of isoprene (600 Tg yr-1) are sufficiently large the formation of SOA is even small yields results in substantial production ...

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Development and initial evaluation of a dynamic species-resolved model for gas phase chemistry and size-resolved gas\\/particle partitioning associated with secondary organic aerosol formation  

Microsoft Academic Search

A module for predicting the dynamic evolution of the gas phase species and the aerosol size and composition distribution during formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is presented. The module is based on the inorganic gas-aerosol equilibrium model Simulating the Composition of Atmospheric Particles at Equilibrium 2 (SCAPE2) and updated versions of the lumped Caltech Atmospheric Chemistry Mechanism (CACM) and

Robert J. Griffin; Donald Dabdub; John H. Seinfeld

2005-01-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation from road vehicle emissions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Organic aerosol particles (OA) are a major fraction of the submicron particulate matter. OA consists of directly emitted primary (POA) and secondary OA (SOA). SOA is formed in-situ in the atmosphere via the reaction of volatile organic precursors. The partitioning of SOA species depends not only on the exposure to oxidants, but for instance also on temperature, relative humidity (RH), and the absorptive mass chemical composition (presence of inorganics) and concentration. Vehicle exhaust is a known source of POA and likely contributes to SOA formation in urban areas [1;2]. This has recently been estimated by (i) analyzing ambient data from urban areas combined with fuel consumption data [3], (ii) by examining the chemical composition of raw fuels [4], or (iii) smog chamber studies [5, 6]. Contradictory and thus somewhat controversial results in the relative quantity of SOA from diesel vs. gasoline vehicle exhaust were observed. In order to elucidate the impact of variable ambient conditions on the potential SOA formation of vehicle exhaust, and its relation to the emitted gas phase species, we studied SOA formed from the exhaust of passenger cars and trucks as a function of fuel and engine type (gasoline, diesel) at different temperatures (T 22 vs. -7oC) and RH (40 vs. 90%), as well as with different levels of inorganic salt concentrations. The exhaust was sampled at the tailpipe during regulatory driving cycles on chassis dynamometers, diluted (200 - 400x) and introduced into the PSI mobile smog chamber [6], where the emissions were subjected to simulated atmospheric ageing. Particle phase instruments (HR-ToF-AMS, aethalometers, CPC, SMPS) and gas phase instruments (PTR-TOF-MS, CO, CO2, CH4, THC, NH3 and other gases) were used online during the experiments. We found that gasoline emissions, because of cold starts, were generally larger than diesel, especially during cold temperatures driving cycles. Gasoline vehicles also showed the highest SOA formation. Furthermore, we observed that vehicle emissions and SOA are significantly affected by temperature and RH: doubling the RH in the chamber resulted in significantly increased SOA formation. Primary emissions and secondary aerosol formation from diesel and gasoline vehicles will be compared at different temperature and RH. Also the interaction and influence of inorganics on organics will be discussed. References: [1] Robinson, A.L., et al. (2007) Science 315, 1259. [2] Weitkamp, E.A., et al. (2007) Environ. Sci. Technol. 41, 6969. [3] Bahreini, R., et al. (2012) Geophys. Res. Lett. 39, L06805. [4] Gentner, D.R. et al. (2012) PNAS 109, 18318. [5] Gordon, T.D. et al. (2013) Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss 13, 23173. [6] Platt, S.M., et al. (2013) Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss. 12, 28343.

Pieber, Simone M.; Platt, Stephen M.; El Haddad, Imad; Zardini, Alessandro A.; Suarez-Bertoa, Ricardo; Slowik, Jay G.; Huang, Ru-Jin; Hellebust, Stig; Temime-Roussel, Brice; Marchand, Nicolas; Drinovec, Luca; Mocnik, Grisa; Baltensperger, Urs; Astorga, Covadogna; Prévôt, André S. H.

2014-05-01

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A large source of low-volatility secondary organic aerosol.  

PubMed

Forests emit large quantities of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to the atmosphere. Their condensable oxidation products can form secondary organic aerosol, a significant and ubiquitous component of atmospheric aerosol, which is known to affect the Earth's radiation balance by scattering solar radiation and by acting as cloud condensation nuclei. The quantitative assessment of such climate effects remains hampered by a number of factors, including an incomplete understanding of how biogenic VOCs contribute to the formation of atmospheric secondary organic aerosol. The growth of newly formed particles from sizes of less than three nanometres up to the sizes of cloud condensation nuclei (about one hundred nanometres) in many continental ecosystems requires abundant, essentially non-volatile organic vapours, but the sources and compositions of such vapours remain unknown. Here we investigate the oxidation of VOCs, in particular the terpene ?-pinene, under atmospherically relevant conditions in chamber experiments. We find that a direct pathway leads from several biogenic VOCs, such as monoterpenes, to the formation of large amounts of extremely low-volatility vapours. These vapours form at significant mass yield in the gas phase and condense irreversibly onto aerosol surfaces to produce secondary organic aerosol, helping to explain the discrepancy between the observed atmospheric burden of secondary organic aerosol and that reported by many model studies. We further demonstrate how these low-volatility vapours can enhance, or even dominate, the formation and growth of aerosol particles over forested regions, providing a missing link between biogenic VOCs and their conversion to aerosol particles. Our findings could help to improve assessments of biosphere-aerosol-climate feedback mechanisms, and the air quality and climate effects of biogenic emissions generally. PMID:24572423

Ehn, Mikael; Thornton, Joel A; Kleist, Einhard; Sipilä, Mikko; Junninen, Heikki; Pullinen, Iida; Springer, Monika; Rubach, Florian; Tillmann, Ralf; Lee, Ben; Lopez-Hilfiker, Felipe; Andres, Stefanie; Acir, Ismail-Hakki; Rissanen, Matti; Jokinen, Tuija; Schobesberger, Siegfried; Kangasluoma, Juha; Kontkanen, Jenni; Nieminen, Tuomo; Kurtén, Theo; Nielsen, Lasse B; Jørgensen, Solvejg; Kjaergaard, Henrik G; Canagaratna, Manjula; Maso, Miikka Dal; Berndt, Torsten; Petäjä, Tuukka; Wahner, Andreas; Kerminen, Veli-Matti; Kulmala, Markku; Worsnop, Douglas R; Wildt, Jürgen; Mentel, Thomas F

2014-02-27

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Atmospheric secondary inorganic particulate matter: the toxicological perspective as a basis for health effects risk assessment.  

PubMed

Epidemiological studies have provided evidence for an association between exposure to ambient particulate matter and increased mortality and morbidity. However, the exact physicochemical nature of the responsible components is not as yet clear. One major constituent of the ambient aerosol is secondary inorganic particles, which are produced within the atmosphere via chemical reactions and are dominated by sulfates and nitrates. This article reviews the biological effects resulting from exposure to these ambient aerosol constituents. It was developed based upon available data from peer reviewed published papers as well as publicly available reports on controlled animal and human clinical exposure studies. The aim was to provide a toxicological basis for addressing the issue of whether ambient concentrations of these secondary aerosols in two venues, namely the United States and the Netherlands, could be causally related to reported human health effects associated with exposure to ambient particulate matter. Evaluation of the toxicological database suggests that these particles have little biological potency in normal humans or animals, or in the limited compromised animal models studied at environmentally relevant levels. There are, however, some critical caveats in this analysis that must be considered. First, it is important to understand the relationship between animal exposure studies and actual human exposures, in terms of both particle size and inhaled dose. Second, it is necessary to consider the physicochemical characteristics of the chemical species within ambient air compared to the characteristics of those used in controlled studies. Third, there is the issue of relevance of the exposure models used in these studies to those populations that may be affected by exposure to ambient particulates. Finally, the potential for interactions between particulates and ambient gases in the total atmospheric mix must be considered in developing conclusions as to exposure concentrations for the former constituents of polluted air that may be hazardous to public health. PMID:12579454

Schlesinger, Richard B; Cassee, Flemming

2003-03-01

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New Particle Formation and Secondary Organic Aerosol in Beijing  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Air pollution in Beijing has been a major concern due to being a mega-city and green Olympic Games requirements. Both long term and intensive field measurements have been conducted at an Urban Air Quality Monitoring Station in the campus of Peking University since 2004. Aerosol characteristics vary seasonally depending on meteorological conditions and source emissions. Secondary compositions of SNA (sum of sulfate, nitrate, and ammonium) and SOA (secondary organic aerosol) become major fraction of fine particles, which may enhance aerosol impacts on visibility and climate change. The transformation processes of new particle formation (NPF) and secondary organic aerosol have been focused on. It was found that gaseous sulfuric acid, ammonia, and organic compounds are important precursors to NPF events in Beijing and H2SO4-NH3-H2O ternary nucleation is one of the important mechanisms. The contributions of condensation and neutralization of sulfuric acid, coagulation, and organics to the growth of the new particles are estimated as 45%, 34%, and 21%, respectively. Tracer-based method to estimate biogenic and anthropogenic SOA was established by using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Secondary organic tracers derived from biogenic (isoprene, ?-pinene, ?-caryophyllene) and anthropogenic (toluene) contributed 32% at urban site and 35% at rural site, respectively. Other source apportionment techniques were also used to estimate secondary organic aerosols, including EC tracer method, water soluble organic carbon content, chemical mass balance model, and AMS-PMF method.

Hu, M.; Yue, D.; Guo, S.; Hu, W.; Huang, X.; He, L.; Wiedensohler, A.; Zheng, J.; Zhang, R.

2011-12-01

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Understanding Anthropogenic and Biogenic Primary and Secondary Aerosol Mixtures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric organic matter can constitute 20-70% of the total fine aerosol mass, yet much of its chemical composition is not well understood nor are the mechanisms via which these compounds form. Continental organic aerosol can be directly emitted as primary aerosol from combustion sources or formed in the atmosphere via secondary process with both biogenic and anthropogenic hydrocarbon precursors. In urban air masses, the mixture of anthropogenic primary emissions and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is ubiquitous. Changes due to the mixing of the different organic chemical compositions can affect the oxidation state and ageing properties of particulates. Hence the change in state can consequently impact air quality, public health and regional climate. The mixing state and the affinity of primary emissions with SOA not well understood: very little is known about the properties of these mixtures. In this a study, SOA formed in the Carnegie Mellon University environmental smog chamber is mixed with diesel exhaust and motor oil aerosol. The objective is to combine two aerosol classes in an external mixture and to then watch the dynamics as well as total mass balance as the mixtures come to equilibrium, possibly forming a single, internal mixture. The SOA is formed from monoterpene and sesquiterpene precursors, specifically ?-pinene and ?- caryophyllene SOA formed via dark ozonlysis. Primary aerosol is injected into the chamber once the biogenic nucleation and growth has completed and the mixture is allowed to age for three to four hours. A suite of instruments characterize the changes in size, volatility, and chemical composition of the aerosol mixtures. Scanning Mobility Particle Sizers record changes in the size distribution before and after mixing. An Aerodyne High Resolution Time of Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer measures the change in mass spectra and the composition of separate size modes both before and after the mixing event, and a thermodenuder is used to characterize changes in mixed aerosol volatility.

Asa-Awuku, A.; Miracola, M.; Lee, B. D.; Kroll, J.; Pandis, S.; Robinson, A.; Donahue, N.

2008-12-01

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Effects of Organic-Inorganic Interactions on the Hygroscopicity of Aerosol Particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosol hygroscopicity is an important property affecting size as well as phase transitions and viscosity of soluble or partially soluble particles following changes in ambient relative humidity (RH) and temperature. The effects of hygroscopic particle growth on the water contents and physical states of aerosol phases in turn may significantly affect multiphase chemistry, the direct effect of aerosols on climate, and the ability of specific particles to act as cloud condensation or ice nuclei. The hygroscopic growth of organic-inorganic mixtures in stable or metastable equilibrium with the RH of the surrounding air is governed by chemical thermodynamics and can be described, in principle, by adequate thermodynamic models. Organic-inorganic interactions involving dissolved ionic species in liquid (potentially highly viscous) phases tend to deviate substantially from ideal mixing and can lead to hygroscopicity behaviour deviating from simple linear additivity assumptions at given RH. The latter assumptions are employed in the Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson (ZSR) mixing rule, which is typically found to describe hygroscopic mass growth well in the RH range of completely liquid aerosol systems. We present a comparison and discussion of thermodynamic calculations based on the Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients (AIOMFAC) model and hygroscopic growth factor data from new measurements with an electrodynamic balance (EDB) as well as data from the literature. We focus on the different hygroscopicity features below the full deliquescence RH of multicomponent organic-inorganic systems. Experiments and model calculations are performed for different multicomponent systems showing varying degrees of organic-inorganic miscibility, including liquid-liquid phase separation, hygroscopicity, and hysteresis effects between metastable and stable gas-aerosol equilibria. It is found that depending on the hygroscopicity of the organic aerosol fraction and its miscibility with inorganic solutes, the water uptake prior to deliquescence can be substantial due to partial dissolution of electrolytes. This behaviour is not captured with a traditional ZSR parameterization, therefore, semi-empirical hygroscopicity parameterizations have been suggested recently. We show that the AIOMFAC-based equilibrium model is able to describe the causes of the water uptake based on solid-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibria between the coexisting aerosol phases. The model furthermore correctly accounts for the shift in the deliquescence RH of ammonium sulfate and other salts in aerosol mixtures, a thermodynamic effect caused by organic-inorganic interactions.

Zuend, A.; Lienhard, D.; Krieger, U. K.

2013-12-01

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Organic and inorganic markers and stable C-, N-isotopic compositions of tropical coastal aerosols from megacity Mumbai: sources of organic aerosols and atmospheric processing  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To better understand the sources of PM10 samples from Mumbai, India, aerosol chemical compositions, i.e. total carbon (TC), organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC), and inorganic ions were studied together with specific markers such as methanesulfonate (MSA), oxalic acid (C2), azelaic acid (C9), and levoglucosan. The results revealed that biofuel/biomass burning and fossil fuel combustion are the major sources of the Mumbai aerosols. Nitrogen-isotopic (?15N) composition of aerosol total nitrogen, which ranged from 18.1 to 25.4‰, also suggest that biofuel/biomass burning is the dominant source in both summer and winter seasons. Aerosol mass concentrations of major species increased 3-4 times in winter compared to summer, indicating an enhanced emission from these sources in winter season. Photochemical production tracers, C2 diacid and nssSO42- do not show diurnal changes. Concentrations of C2 diacid and WSOC show a strong correlation (r2 = 0.95). In addition, WSOC to OC (or TC) ratios remain almost constant for day- (0.37 ± 0.06 (0.28 ± 0.04)) and nighttime (0.38 ± 0.07 (0.28 ± 0.06)), suggesting that mixing of fresh secondary organic aerosols is not significant rather the Mumbai aerosols are photochemically well processed. Concentrations of MSA and C9 diacid present a positive correlation (r2 = 0.75), indicating a marine influence on Mumbai aerosols in addition to local/regional influence. Backward air mass trajectory analyses further suggested that the Mumbai aerosols are largely influenced by long-range continental and regional transport. Stable C-isotopic ratios (?13C) of TC ranged from -27.0 to -25.4‰ with slightly lower average (-26.5 ± 0.3‰) in summer than in winter (-25.9 ± 0.3‰). Positive correlation between WSOC/TC ratios and ?13C values suggested that the increment in ?13C of wintertime TC may be caused by prolonged photochemical processing of organic aerosols in this season. This study suggests that in winter, the tropical aerosols are more aged due to longer residence time in the atmosphere than in the summer aerosols.

Aggarwal, S. G.; Kawamura, K.; Umarji, G. S.; Tachibana, E.; Patil, R. S.; Gupta, P. K.

2012-08-01

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Organic and inorganic markers and stable C-, N-isotopic compositions of tropical coastal aerosols from megacity Mumbai: sources of organic aerosols and atmospheric processing  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

To better understand the sources of PM10 samples in Mumbai, India, aerosol chemical composition, i.e., total carbon (TC), organic carbon (OC), elemental carbon (EC), water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC), and inorganic ions were studied together with specific markers such as methanesulfonate (MSA), oxalic acid (C2), azelaic acid (C9), and levoglucosan. The results revealed that biofuel/biomass burning and fossil fuel combustion are the major sources of the Mumbai aerosols. Nitrogen-isotopic (?15N) composition of aerosol total nitrogen, which ranged from 18.1 to 25.4‰, also suggests that biofuel/biomass burning is a predominate source in both the summer and winter seasons. Aerosol mass concentrations of major species increased 3-4 times in winter compared to summer, indicating enhanced emission from these sources in the winter season. Photochemical production tracers, C2 diacid and nssSO42-, do not show diurnal changes. Concentrations of C2 diacid and WSOC show a strong correlation (r2 = 0.95). In addition, WSOC to OC (or TC) ratios remain almost constant for daytime (0.37 ± 0.06 (0.28 ± 0.04)) and nighttime (0.38 ± 0.07 (0.28 ± 0.06)), suggesting that mixing of fresh secondary organic aerosols is not significant and the Mumbai aerosols are photochemically well processed. Concentrations of MSA and C9 diacid present a positive correlation (r2 = 0.75), indicating a marine influence on Mumbai aerosols in addition to local/regional influence. Backward air mass trajectory analyses further suggested that the Mumbai aerosols are largely influenced by long-range continental and regional transport. Stable C-isotopic ratios (?13C) of TC ranged from -27.0 to -25.4‰, with slightly lower average (-26.5 ± 0.3‰) in summer than in winter (-25.9 ± 0.3‰). Positive correlation between WSOC/TC ratios and ?13C values suggested that the relative increment in 13C of wintertime TC may be caused by prolonged photochemical processing of organic aerosols in this season. This study suggests that in winter, the tropical aerosols are more aged due to longer residence time in the atmosphere than in summer aerosols. However, these conclusions are based on the analysis of a limited number of samples (n=25) and more information on this topic may be needed from other similar coastal sites in future.

Aggarwal, S. G.; Kawamura, K.; Umarji, G. S.; Tachibana, E.; Patil, R. S.; Gupta, P. K.

2013-05-01

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SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOL FORMATION FROM MIXTURES OF BIOGENIC HYDROCARBONS  

EPA Science Inventory

In this work the influence of hydrocarbon mixtures on the overall Secondary Organic Aerosol yield is investigated. Photochemical reaction experiments were conducted using mixtures of a-pinene, isoprene and propene in the presence of NOx. Results of the experiments show...

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Effect of Hydrophobic Primary Organic Aerosols on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Ozonolysis of ?-Pinene  

SciTech Connect

Semi-empirical secondary organic aerosol (SOA) models typically assume a well-mixed organic aerosol phase even in the presence of hydrophobic primary organic aerosols (POA). This assumption significantly enhances the modeled SOA yields as additional organic mass is made available to absorb greater amounts of oxidized secondary organic gases than otherwise. We investigate the applicability of this critical assumption by measuring SOA yields from ozonolysis of ?-pinene (a major biogenic SOA precursor) in a smog chamber in the absence and in the presence of dioctyl phthalate (DOP) and lubricating oil seed aerosol. These particles serve as surrogates for urban hydrophobic POA. The results show that these POA did not enhance the SOA yields. If these results are found to apply to other biogenic SOA precursors, then the semi-empirical models used in many global models would predict significantly less biogenic SOA mass and display reduced sensitivity to anthropogenic POA emissions than previously thought.

Song, Chen; Zaveri, Rahul A.; Alexander, M. Lizabeth; Thornton, Joel A.; Madronich, Sasha; Ortega, John V.; Zelenyuk, Alla; Yu, Xiao-Ying; Laskin, Alexander; Maughan, A. D.

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Effects of mineral dust on the semivolatile inorganic aerosol components in a polluted Megacity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosols play a significant role in the atmosphere having adverse impacts on human health and directly affecting air quality, visibility and climate change. One of the most challenging tasks for models is the prediction of the partitioning of the semivolatile inorganic aerosol components (ammonia, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, etc) between the gas and particulate phases. Moreover, the effects of mineral aerosols in the atmosphere remain largely uncertain. As a result, most current models have serious difficulties in reproducing the observed particulate nitrate and chloride concentrations. The improved aerosol thermodynamic model ISORROPIA II (Fountoukis and Nenes, 2007) simulating explicitly the chemistry of Ca, Mg, and K salts has been linked to the regional chemical transport model PMCAMx (Gaydos et al., 2007). PMCAMx also includes the CMU inorganic aerosol growth module (Gaydos et al., 2003; Koo et al., 2003a) and the VSRM aqueous-phase chemistry module (Fahey and Pandis, 2001). The hybrid approach (Koo et al., 2003b) for modeling aerosol dynamics is applied in order to accurately simulate the inorganic components in the coarse mode. This approach assumes that the smallest particles are in equilibrium, while the condensation/evaporation equation is solved for the larger ones. PMCAMx is applied to the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA). The emission inventory has been improved and now includes more accurate dust and NaCl emissions. The April 2003 (MCMA Campaign) and the March 2006 (MILAGRO campaign) datasets are used to evaluate the inorganic aerosol module of PMCAMx in order to test our understanding of inorganic aerosol. The results from the new modeling framework are also compared with the results from the previous version of PMCAMx in order to investigate the influence of each of the added features to the formation of the semivolatile inorganic components. References Fountoukis, C. and Nenes, A., (2007). ISORROPIA II: a computationally efficient thermodynamic equilibrium model for K+-Ca2+-Mg2+-NH4+-Na+-SO42- -NO3- -Cl- -H2O aerosols. Atmos. Chem. Phys., 7, 4639-4659. Gaydos, T., Pinder, R., Koo, B., Fahey, ?., Yarwood, G., and Pandis, S. N., (2007). Development and application of a three-dimensional Chemical Transport Model, PMCAMx. Atmospheric Environment, in press. Gaydos, T., Koo, B., and Pandis, S. N., (2003). Development and application of an efficient moving sectional approach for the solution of the atmospheric aerosol condensation/evaporation equations. Atmospheric Environment, 37, 3303-3316. Koo, B., Pandis S. N., and Ansari, A. (2003a). Integrated approaches to modeling the organic and inorganic atmospheric aerosol components. Atmospheric Environment, 37, 4757-4768. Fahey, K. and Pandis, S. N., (2001). Optimizing model performance: variable size resolution in cloud chemistry modeling. Atmospheric Environment 35, 4471-4478. Koo, B., Gaydos, T.M., Pandis, S.N., (2003b). Evaluation of the equilibrium, hybrid, and dynamic aerosol modeling approaches. Aerosol Science and Technology 37, 53-64

Karydis, V. A.; Tsimpidi, A. P.; Fountoukis, C.; Nenes, A.; Zavala, M.; Lei, W.; Molina, L. T.; Pandis, S. N.

2009-04-01

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Effect of Hydrophilic Organic Seed Aerosols on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Ozonolysis of ?-Pinene  

SciTech Connect

Gas-particle partitioning theory is widely used in atmospheric models to predict organic aerosol loadings. This theory predicts that secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield of an oxidized VOC product will increase as the mass loading of preexisting organic aerosol increases. In a previous study, we showed that the presence of model hydrophobic primary organic aerosol (POA) had no detectable effect on the secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yields from ozonolysis of {alpha}-pinene, suggesting that the condensing SOA compounds form a separate phase from the preexisting POA. However, non-polar, hydrophobic POA may gradually become polar and hydrophilic as it undergoes oxidative aging while POA formed from biomass burning is already somewhat polar and hydrophilic. In this study, we investigate the effects of model hydrophilic POA such as fulvic acid, adipic acid and citric acid on the gas-particle partitioning of SOA from {alpha}-pinene ozonolysis. The results show that only citric acid seed significantly enhances the absorption of {alpha}-pinene SOA into the particle-phase. The other two POA seed particles have negligible effect on the {alpha}-pinene SOA yields, suggesting that {alpha}-pinene SOA forms a well-mixed organic aerosol phase with citric acid while a separate phase with adipic acid and fulvic acid. This finding highlights the need to improve the thermodynamics treatment of organics in current aerosol models that simply lump all hydrophilic organic species into a single phase, thereby potentially introducing an erroneous sensitivity of SOA mass to emitted POA.

Song, Chen; Zaveri, Rahul A.; Shilling, John E.; Alexander, M. L.; Newburn, Matthew K.

2011-07-26

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Indoor and outdoor concentrations of inorganic acidic aerosols and gases  

SciTech Connect

Annular denuder-filter pack sampling systems were used to make indoor and outdoor measurements of aerosol strong H{sup +}, SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}, NH{sub 4}{sup +}, NO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} and NO{sub 2}{sup {minus}}, and the gaseous pollutants SO{sub 2}, HNO{sub 3}, HONO and NH{sub 3} during summer and winter periods in Boston, Massachusetts. Outdoor levels of SO{sub 2}, HNO{sub 3}, H{sup +} and SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}} exceeded their indoor concentrations during both seasons. Winter indoor/outdoor ratios were lower than during the summer, probably due to lower air exchange rates during the winter period. During both monitoring periods, indoor/outdoor ratios of aerosol strong H{sub +} were 40-50% of the indoor/outdoor SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}} ratio. Since aerosol strong acidity is typically associated with SO{sub 4}{sup 2{minus}}, this finding is indicative of neutralization of the acidic aerosol by the higher indoor NH{sub 3} levels. Geometric mean indoor/outdoor NH{sub 3} ratios of 3.5 and 23 respectively were measured for the summer and winter sampling periods. For HONO, NH{sub 3}, NH{sub 4}{sup +} and NO{sub 2}{sup {minus}}, indoor concentrations were significantly higher than ambient levels. Indoor levels of NO{sub 3}{sup {minus}} were slightly less than outdoor concentrations.

Brauer, M.; Koutrakis, P.; Keeler, G.J.; Spengler, J.D. (Harvard Univ., Boston, MA (USA))

1991-02-01

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Thermodynamic Modeling of Organic-Inorganic Aerosols with the Group-Contribution Model AIOMFAC  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Liquid aerosol particles are - from a physicochemical viewpoint - mixtures of inorganic salts, acids, water and a large variety of organic compounds (Rogge et al., 1993; Zhang et al., 2007). Molecular interactions between these aerosol components lead to deviations from ideal thermodynamic behavior. Strong non-ideality between organics and dissolved ions may influence the aerosol phases at equilibrium by means of liquid-liquid phase separations into a mainly polar (aqueous) and a less polar (organic) phase. A number of activity models exists to successfully describe the thermodynamic equilibrium of aqueous electrolyte solutions. However, the large number of different, often multi-functional, organic compounds in mixed organic-inorganic particles is a challenging problem for the development of thermodynamic models. The group-contribution concept as introduced in the UNIFAC model by Fredenslund et al. (1975), is a practical method to handle this difficulty and to add a certain predictability for unknown organic substances. We present the group-contribution model AIOMFAC (Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients), which explicitly accounts for molecular interactions between solution constituents, both organic and inorganic, to calculate activities, chemical potentials and the total Gibbs energy of mixed systems (Zuend et al., 2008). This model enables the computation of vapor-liquid (VLE), liquid-liquid (LLE) and solid-liquid (SLE) equilibria within one framework. Focusing on atmospheric applications we considered eight different cations, five anions and a wide range of alcohols/polyols as organic compounds. With AIOMFAC, the activities of the components within an aqueous electrolyte solution are very well represented up to high ionic strength. We show that the semi-empirical middle-range parametrization of direct organic-inorganic interactions in alcohol-water-salt solutions enables accurate computations of vapor-liquid and liquid-liquid equilibria. References Fredenslund, A., Jones, R. L., and Prausnitz, J. M.: Group-Contribution Estimation of Activity Coefficients in Nonideal Liquid Mixtures, AIChE J., 21, 1086-1099, 1975. Rogge, W. F., Mazurek, M. A., Hildemann, L. M., Cass, G. R., and Simoneit, B. R. T.: Quantification of Urban Organic Aerosols at a Molecular Level: Identification, Abundance and Seasonal Variation, Atmos. Environ., 27, 1309-1330, 1993. Zhang, Q. et al.: Ubiquity and dominance of oxygenated species in organic aerosols in anthropogenically influenced Northern Hemisphere midlatitudes, Geophys. Res. Lett., 34, L13 801, 2007. Zuend, A., Marcolli, C., Luo, B. P., and Peter, T.: A thermodynamic model of mixed organic-inorganic aerosols to predict activity coefficients, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 8, 4559-4593, 2008.

Zuend, A.; Marcolli, C.; Luo, B. P.; Peter, T.

2009-04-01

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Size distributions of nano/micron dicarboxylic acids and inorganic ions in suburban PM episode and non-episodic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The distribution of nano/micron dicarboxylic acids and inorganic ions in size-segregated suburban aerosol of southern Taiwan was studied for a PM episode and a non-episodic pollution period, revealing for the first time the distribution of these nanoscale particles in suburban aerosols. Inorganic species, especially nitrate, were present in higher concentrations during the PM episode. A combination of gas-to-nuclei conversion of nitrate particles and accumulation of secondary photochemical products originating from traffic-related emissions was likely a crucial cause of the PM episode. Sulfate, ammonium, and oxalic acid were the dominant anion, cation, and dicarboxylic acid, respectively, accounting for a minimum of 49% of the total anion, cation or dicarboxylic acid mass. Peak concentrations of these species occurred at 0.54 ?m in the droplet mode during both non-episodic and PM episode periods, indicating an association with cloud-processed particles. On average, sulfate concentration was 16-17 times that of oxalic acid. Oxalic acid was nevertheless the most abundant dicarboxylic acid during both periods, followed by succinic, malonic, maleic, malic and tartaric acid. The mass median aerodynamic diameter (MMAD) of oxalic acid was 0.77 ?m with a bi-modal presence at 0.54 ?m and 18 nm during non-episodic pollution and an MMAD of 0.67 ?m with mono-modal presence at 0.54 ?m in PM episode aerosol. The concomitant formation of malonic acid and oxalic acid was attributed to in-cloud processes. During the PM episode in the 5-100 nm nanoscale range, an oxalic acid/sulfate mass ratio of 40.2-82.3% suggested a stronger formation potential for oxalic acid than for sulfate in the nuclei mode. For total cations (TC), total inorganic anions (TIA) and total dicarboxylic acids (TDA), major contributing particles were in the droplet mode, with least in the nuclei mode. The ratio of TDA to TIA in the nuclei mode increased greatly from 8.40% during the non-episodic pollution period to 28.08% during the PM episode, favoring dicarboxylic acid formation in the nuclei mode. The evidence suggests stronger formation strength and contribution potential exists for dicarboxylic acids than for inorganic salts in nanoscale particles, especially in PM episode aerosol.

Hsieh, Li-Ying; Kuo, Su-Ching; Chen, Chien-Lung; Tsai, Ying I.

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Secondary organic aerosol formation: some new and exciting insights  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A discussion of some of the important issues related to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation is presented, and SOA formation is placed in a context of global fine aerosol sources. Outdoor smog chamber experiments, accompanied by modeling studies, are then described for the purpose of exploring the effects of different types of background aerosols on SOA from the reaction of ?-pinene with NO_x in the presence of natural sunlight. Experiments were carried out by first adding 20 to 200 ug/m^3 of background aerosols, such as diesel soot, wood smog, and ammonium sulfate seed particles into 190m^3 or 25m^3 Teflon film outdoor chambers prior to the addition of ?-pinene and NOx. SOA formation was monitored using a scanning mobility particle sizer (TSI-SMPS). The gas and particle phase products were sampled over the course of experiments using denuders and filters. Chamber results indicated that the chemistry of background aerosols can dramatically impact the amounts of resulting SOA. Since particle phase aldehyde chemistry has recently been implicated as a potentially large source of SOA (Jang and Kamens et al., Science 2002), aerosol growth by the heterogeneous reactions of different organic carbonyls in the presence/absence of acidified seed aerosols was studied in a flow reactor and 500 liter Teflon bag system under dark conditions. The results from unsaturated carbonyl and dicarbonyl experiments indicate large increases in SOA formation in the presence of acidified aerosols. This has implications for both biogenic and aromatic systems that generate SOA. For this reason we have recently implemented an aromatic kinetics mechanism that links gas and particle phase reactions; initial simulation results will be presented.

Kamens, R.; Jang, M.; Lee, S.; Czoschke, N.; Chandramouli, B.; Jaoui, M.; Leungsakul, S.

2003-04-01

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Hygroscopicity of secondary organic aerosols formed by oxidation of cycloalkenes, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and related compounds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A series of experiments has been conducted in the Caltech indoor smog chamber facility to investigate the water uptake properties of aerosol formed by oxidation of various organic precursors. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from simple and substituted cycloalkenes (C5-C8) is produced in dark ozonolysis experiments in a dry chamber (RH~5%). Biogenic SOA from monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and oxygenated terpenes is formed by photooxidation in a humid chamber (~50% RH). Using the hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer (HTDMA), we measure the diameter-based hygroscopic growth factor (GF) of the SOA as a function of time and relative humidity. All SOA studied is found to be slightly hygroscopic, with smaller water uptake than that of typical inorganic aerosol substances. The aerosol water uptake increases with time early in the experiments for the cycloalkene SOA, but decreases with time for the biogenic SOA. This behavior could indicate competing effects between the formation of more highly oxidized polar compounds (more hygroscopic), and formation of longer-chained oligomers (less hygroscopic). All SOA also exhibit a smooth water uptake with RH with no deliquescence or efflorescence. The water uptake curves are found to be fitted well with an empirical three-parameter functional form. The measured pure organic GF values at 85% RH are between 1.09-1.16 for SOA from ozonolysis of cycloalkenes, 1.01-1.04 for sesquiterpene photooxidation SOA, and 1.06-1.11 for the monoterpene and oxygenated terpene SOA. The GF of pure SOA (GForg) in experiments in which inorganic seed aerosol is used is determined by assuming volume-weighted water uptake (Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson or ''ZSR'' approach) and using the size-resolved organic mass fraction measured by the Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer. Knowing the water content associated with the inorganic fraction yields GForg values. However, for each precursor, the GForg values computed from different HTDMA-classified diameters agree with each other to varying degrees. Lack of complete agreement may be a result of the non-idealities of the solutions that are not captured by the ZSR method. Comparing growth factors from different precursors, we find that GForg is inversely proportional to the precursor molecular weight and SOA yield, which is likely a result of the fact that higher-molecular weight precursors tend to produce larger and less hygroscopic oxidation products.

Varutbangkul, V.; Brechtel, F. J.; Bahreini, R.; Ng, N. L.; Keywood, M. D.; Kroll, J. H.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.; Lee, A.; Goldstein, A. H.

2006-02-01

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Hygroscopicity of secondary organic aerosols formed by oxidation of cycloalkenes, monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and related compounds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A series of experiments has been conducted in the Caltech indoor smog chamber facility to investigate the water uptake properties of aerosol formed by oxidation of various organic precursors. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from simple and substituted cycloalkenes (C5-C8) is produced in dark ozonolysis experiments in a dry chamber (RH~5%). Biogenic SOA from monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and oxygenated terpenes is formed by photooxidation in a humid chamber (~50% RH). Using the hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer (HTDMA), we measure the diameter-based hygroscopic growth factor (GF) of the SOA as a function of time and relative humidity. All SOA studied is found to be slightly hygroscopic, with smaller water uptake than that of typical inorganic aerosol substances. The aerosol water uptake increases with time early in the experiments for the cycloalkene SOA, but decreases with time for the sesquiterpene SOA. This behavior could indicate competing effects between the formation of more highly oxidized polar compounds (more hygroscopic), and formation of longer-chained oligomers (less hygroscopic). All SOA also exhibit a smooth water uptake with RH with no deliquescence or efflorescence. The water uptake curves are found to be fitted well with an empirical three-parameter functional form. The measured pure organic GF values at 85% RH are between 1.09-1.16 for SOA from ozonolysis of cycloalkenes, 1.01-1.04 for sesquiterpene photooxidation SOA, and 1.06-1.10 for the monoterpene and oxygenated terpene SOA. The GF of pure SOA (GForg) in experiments in which inorganic seed aerosol is used is determined by assuming volume-weighted water uptake (Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson or "ZSR" approach) and using the size-resolved organic mass fraction measured by the Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer. Knowing the water content associated with the inorganic fraction yields GForg values. However, for each precursor, the GForg values computed from different HTDMA-classified diameters agree with each other to varying degrees. Comparing growth factors from different precursors, we find that GForg is inversely proportional to the precursor molecular weight and SOA yield, which is likely a result of the fact that higher-molecular weight precursors tend to produce larger and less hygroscopic oxidation products.

Varutbangkul, V.; Brechtel, F. J.; Bahreini, R.; Ng, N. L.; Keywood, M. D.; Kroll, J. H.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.; Lee, A.; Goldstein, A. H.

2006-06-01

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Equilibration timescale of atmospheric secondary organic aerosol partitioning  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed from partitioning of oxidation products of anthropogenic and biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) accounts for a substantial portion of atmospheric particulate matter. In describing SOA formation, it is generally assumed that VOC oxidation products rapidly adopt gas-aerosol equilibrium. Here we estimate the equilibration timescale, ?eq, of SOA gas-particle partitioning using a state-of-the-art kinetic flux model. ?eq is found to be of order seconds to minutes for partitioning of relatively high volatility organic compounds into liquid particles, thereby adhering to equilibrium gas-particle partitioning. However, ?eq increases to hours or days for organic aerosol associated with semi-solid particles, low volatility, large particle size, and low mass loadings. Instantaneous equilibrium partitioning may lead to substantial overestimation of particle mass concentration and underestimation of gas-phase concentration.

Shiraiwa, Manabu; Seinfeld, John H.

2012-12-01

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Aerosol Precursor Emissions, Secondary Aerosol Production, and Climate-Forcing Gas Exchange in the Midwestern United States  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosol precursors in the Midwest are generated from a myriad of sources including biogenic emissions of terpenes from the Ozarks region, anthropogenic emissions of volatile and semivolatile aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons from the St. Louis airshed, and agricultural emissions of ammonia (NH3), amines, and nitrogen oxides (NOx) from animal husbandry and cropping systems of the Midwest Corn Belt. The deciduous and coniferous forests of the Ozarks region are significant sources of isoprene, monoterpenes, and sesquiterpenes that are sensitive to rising CO2 levels and temperature and generate light-scattering, secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Application of nitrogen fertilizers stimulates emissions of ammonia (NH3), nitric oxide (NO), and nitrous oxide (N2O) from agricultural soils and crops. Nitric acid, generated through photooxidation of NO emissions from fossil fuel combustion in urban air and from soil emissions in agroecosystems, reacts rapidly with NH3 to generate light-scattering, secondary inorganic aerosol (SIA). The atmospheric lifetime of N2O is about 120 years, making the substance a potent greenhouse gas with a global warming potential of 290 for a time horizon of 20 years relative to CO2. Emissions of CO2, N2O, and SIA precursors from the Midwest Corn Belt and surrounding areas are likely to increase in the near future as pastureland and prairie is converted to grow corn and other biofuel crops to meet the demand for renewable fuels. Several large river systems transport nutrients from fertilized fields of the Midwest agroecosystem to the Gulf of Mexico where plankton growth is accelerated. Microbial decomposition of plankton detritus consumes oxygen and creates a hypoxic zone, which might be a significant source of N2O.The presentation will discuss gaps in our knowledge of the production of climate-forcing species in the Midwestern United States.

Doskey, P. V.

2009-12-01

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Amplification of Black Carbon Absorption by Internal Mixing With Secondary Organic Aerosol Mass  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric soot or black carbon (BC) might have a significant warming influence on local and global climate. During its residence time within the atmosphere freshly emitted BC is aged by microphysical processes like coagulation, the condensation of low and semi-volatile gaseous compounds, and cloud cycling. Especially the latter two processes dominate the atmospheric ageing and result in an internal mixture by the inclusion of BC in transparent host particles composed of organic or inorganic material. It is well known from several theoretical investigations that internally mixed BC has an amplified mass specific absorption cross section. When accounting for the internal aerosol mixing in global circulation models a doubling of the climate warming potential of BC was found compared to the external case. However, these studies use relatively simple particle models to calculate the optics of the aerosol particles. Since the overall diversity and complexity of the atmospheric aerosol morphology could not be accounted for in optical models, lab investigations which simulate the atmospheric BC ageing processes under realistic conditions are desirable to get a more reliable assessment of the direct climate forcing by anthropogenic BC emissions. The large aerosol chamber AIDA of Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe is well suited to simulate atmospheric aerosol aging processes over a wide range of temperature and pressure conditions. The absorption and scattering properties of BC internally mixed with SOA mass were investigated at the AIDA facility. BC particles were coated in situ by secondary organic material generated by the ozonolysis of ? -pinene. A significant increase of the specific BC absorption cross section in the visible by a factor of more than 1.8 can be inferred from the experiments. The measured optical properties are compared with theoretical investigations using a concentric core shell model to calculate the optical properties of the internally mixed BC aerosol.

Schnaiter, M.; Linke, C.; Möhler, O.; Naumann, K.; Saathoff, H.; Schöck, W.; Wagner, R.; Wehner, B.; Schurath, U.

2003-12-01

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A Study on the Aqueous Formation of Secondary Organic Aerosols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The effect aerosols have on radiative forcing in the atmosphere is recognized as one of the largest uncertainties in the radiation budget. About 80% of organic aerosol mass in the atmosphere is estimated to be created though secondary processes. Recently, the aqueous formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) has become recognized as important when considering the source, transformation and radiative impacts of SOA. This work focuses on implementing a mechanism for aqueous SOA formation that can be used in atmospheric chemistry and models of all scales, from box to global. A box model containing a simplified chemical mechanism for the aqueous production of precursors of aqueous SOA (Myriokefalitakis et al. (2011) is coupled to gas-phase chemistry which uses the carbon bond mechanism (CBM) IV is presented. The model implements aqueous chemistry of soluble gases, both in-cloud and aerosol water, including organic compounds such as glyoxal and methylglyoxal, which have been shown as potentially significant sources for dissolved secondary organic aerosols. This mechanism implements aqueous phase mass transfer and molecular dissociation. The model's performance is evaluated against previous box model studies from the literature. A comparison is conducted between the detailed GAMMA model (McNeill et al., 2012), which is constrained with chamber experiments and the one developed here. The model output under different atmospheric conditions is explored and differences and sensitivities are assessed. The objective of this work is to create a robust framework for simulating aqueous phase formation of SOA and maximizing the computational efficiency of the model, while maintaining accuracy, in order to later use the exact mechanism in global climate simulations.

Sinclair, K.; Tsigaridis, K.

2013-12-01

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Assessment of biogenic secondary organic aerosol in the Himalayas  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biogenic contributions to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the Southeast Asian regional haze were assessed by measurement of particle-phase isoprene, monoterpene, and sesquiterpene photooxidation products in fine particles (PM2.5) at Godavari, Nepal, located in the Himalayas at an elevation of 1600 meters. Organic species were measured in solvent-extracts of filter samples using gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) and chemical derivatization. Molecular markers for primary aerosol sources—including motor vehicles, biomass burning, and detritus—and SOA tracers were measured. High concentrations of isoprene derivatives, particularly in the late summer months, point to biogenic SOA as a significant source of organic carbon in the Himalayan region. First-generation SOA products from alpha-pinene were detected in all samples, whereas multi-generation products were not, suggesting that monoterpenes were at an early stage of oxidation at Godavari. Biogenic SOA contributions to PM2.5 organic carbon in the 2005 monsoon and post-monsoon season ranged from 2-19% for isoprene, 1-5% for monoterpenes, and 1-4% for sesquiterpenes. Primary and secondary biogenic sources combined accounted for approximately half of observed organic aerosol, suggesting additional aerosol sources and/or precursors are significant in this region.

Stone, B. A.; Nguyen, T.; Pradhan, B.; Dangol, P.

2012-12-01

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SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOL FORMATION FROM THE OXIDATION OF AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS IN THE PRESENCE OF DRY SUBMICRON AMMONIUM SULFATE AEROSOL  

EPA Science Inventory

A laboratory study was conducted to examine formation of secondary organic aerosols. A smog chamber system was developed for studying gas-aerosol interactions in a dynamic flow reactor. These experiments were conducted to investigate the fate of gas and aerosol phase compounds ...

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Photolytic processing of secondary organic aerosols dissolved in cloud droplets  

Microsoft Academic Search

The effect of UV irradiation on the molecular composition of aqueous extracts of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) was investigated. SOA was prepared by the dark reaction of ozone and d-limonene at 0.05 - 1 ppm precursor concentrations and collected with a particle-into-liquid sampler (PILS). The PILS extracts were photolyzed by 300 - 400 nm radiation for up to 24 hours.

Adam P. Bateman; Sergey A. Nizkorodov; Julia Laskin; Alexander Laskin

2011-01-01

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Modeling the Role of Alkanes, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, and Their Oligomers in Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation  

EPA Science Inventory

A computationally efficient method to treat secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from various length and structure alkanes as well as SOA from polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) is implemented in the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) model to predict aerosol concentrations ...

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Influence of Aerosol Acidity on the Chemical Composition of Secondary Organic Aerosol from ?-caryophyllene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield of ?-caryophyllene photooxidation is enhanced by aerosol acidity. In the present study, the influence of aerosol acidity on the chemical composition of ?-caryophyllene SOA is investigated using ultra performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI- TOFMS). A number of first- , second- and higher-generation gas-phase products having carbonyl and carboxylic acid functional groups are detected in the particle phase. Particle-phase reaction products formed via hydration and organosulfate formation processes are also detected. Increased acidity leads to different effects on the abundance of individual products; significantly, abundances of organosulfates are correlated with aerosol acidity. The increase of certain particle-phase reaction products with increased acidity provides chemical evidence to support the acid-enhanced SOA yields. Based on the agreement between the chromatographic retention times and accurate mass measurements of chamber and field samples, three ?-caryophyllene products (i.e., ?-nocaryophyllon aldehyde, ?-hydroxynocaryophyllon aldehyde, and ?-dihydroxynocaryophyllon aldehyde) are suggested as chemical tracers for ?-caryophyllene SOA. These compounds are detected in both day and night ambient samples collected in downtown Atlanta, GA and rural Yorkville, GA during the 2008 August Mini-Intensive Gas and Aerosol Study (AMIGAS).

Chan, M.; Surratt, J. D.; Chan, A. W.; Schlling, K.; Offenberg, J. H.; Lewandowski, M.; Edney, E.; Kleindienst, T. E.; Jaoui, M.; Edgerton, E. S.; Tanner, R. L.; Shaw, S. L.; Zheng, M.; Knipping, E. M.; Seinfeld, J.

2011-12-01

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Influence of aerosol acidity on the chemical composition of secondary organic aerosol from ?-caryophyllene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield of ?-caryophyllene photooxidation is enhanced by aerosol acidity. In the present study, the influence of aerosol acidity on the chemical composition of ?-caryophyllene SOA is investigated using ultra performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-TOFMS). A number of first-, second- and higher-generation gas-phase products having carbonyl and carboxylic acid functional groups are detected in the particle phase. Particle-phase reaction products formed via hydration and organosulfate formation processes are also detected. Increased acidity leads to different effects on the abundance of individual products; significantly, abundances of organosulfates are correlated with aerosol acidity. To our knowledge, this is the first detection of organosulfates and nitrated organosulfates derived from a sesquiterpene. The increase of certain particle-phase reaction products with increased acidity provides chemical evidence to support the acid-enhanced SOA yields. Based on the agreement between the chromatographic retention times and accurate mass measurements of chamber and field samples, three ?-caryophyllene products (i.e., ?-nocaryophyllon aldehyde, ?-hydroxynocaryophyllon aldehyde, and ?-dihydroxynocaryophyllon aldehyde) are suggested as chemical tracers for ?-caryophyllene SOA. These compounds are detected in both day and night ambient samples collected in downtown Atlanta, GA and rural Yorkville, GA during the 2008 August Mini-Intensive Gas and Aerosol Study (AMIGAS).

Chan, M. N.; Surratt, J. D.; Chan, A. W. H.; Schilling, K.; Offenberg, J. H.; Lewandowski, M.; Edney, E. O.; Kleindienst, T. E.; Jaoui, M.; Edgerton, E. S.; Tanner, R. L.; Shaw, S. L.; Zheng, M.; Knipping, E. M.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2011-02-01

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Influence of aerosol acidity on the chemical composition of Secondary Organic Aerosol from ?-caryophyllene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield of ?-caryophyllene photooxidation is enhanced by aerosol acidity. In the present study, the influence of aerosol acidity on the chemical composition of ?-caryophyllene SOA is investigated using ultra performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization-time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-TOFMS). A number of first-, second- and higher-generation gas-phase products having carbonyl and carboxylic acid functional groups are detected in the particle phase. Particle-phase reaction products formed via hydration and organosulfate formation processes are also detected. Increase of acidity leads to different effects on the abundance of individual products; significantly, abundances of organosulfates are correlated with aerosol acidity. To our knowledge, this is the first detection of organosulfates and nitrated organosulfates derived from a sesquiterpene. The increase of certain particle-phase reaction products with increased acidity provides chemical evidence to support the acid-enhanced SOA yields. Based on the agreement between the chromatographic retention times and accurate mass measurements of chamber and field samples, three ?-caryophyllene products (i.e., ?-nocaryophyllon aldehyde, ?-hydroxynocaryophyllon aldehyde, and ?-dihydroxynocaryophyllon aldehyde) are identified as chemical tracers for ?-caryophyllene SOA. These compounds are detected in both day and night ambient samples collected in downtown Atlanta, GA and rural Yorkville, GA during the 2008 August Mini-Intensive Gas and Aerosol Study (AMIGAS).

Chan, M. N.; Surratt, J. D.; Chan, A. W. H.; Schilling, K.; Offenberg, J. H.; Lewandowski, M.; Edney, E. O.; Kleindienst, T. E.; Jaoui, M.; Edgerton, E. S.; Tanner, R. L.; Shaw, S. L.; Zheng, M.; Knipping, E. M.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2010-11-01

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Marine Primary and Secondary Aerosol emissions related to seawater biogeochemistry  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Marine aerosol contributes significantly to the global aerosol load and consequently has an important impact on both the Earth's albedo and climate. Different factors influence the way they are produced from the sea water and transferred to the atmosphere. The sea state (whitecap coverage) and sea temperature influence the size and concentration of primarily produced particles but also biogeochemical characteristics of the sea water may influence both the physical and chemical fluxes. In order to study marine emissions, one approach is to use semicontrolled environments such as mesocosms. Within the SAM project (Sources of marine Aerosol in the Mediterranean), we characterize the primary Sea Salt Aerosol (SSA) and Secondary aerosol formation by nucleation during mesocosms experiments performed in May 2013 at the Oceanographic and Marine Station STARESO in western Corsica. We followed both water and air characteristics of three mesocosms containing an immerged part filled with 3,3 m3 of sea water and an emerged part filled with filtered natural air. Mesocosms were equipped with a pack of optical and physicochemical sensors and received different treatments: one of these mesocosms was left unchanged as control and the two others were enriched by addition of nitrates and phosphates respecting Redfield ratio (N:P = 16) in order to create different levels of phytoplanctonic activities. The set of sensors in each mesocosm was allowed to monitor the water temperature, conductivity, pH, incident light, fluorescence of chlorophyll a, and dissolved oxygen concentration. The mesocosms waters were daily sampled for chemical and biological (dissolved organic matter (i.e. DOC and CDOM), particulate matter and related polar compounds, transparent polysaccharides and nutrients concentration) and biological (chlorophyll a, virus, bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton concentrations) analyses. Secondary new particle formation was followed on-line in the emerged parts of the mesocosms, while a primary production by bubble bursting was simulated from a sample of sea water in a dedicated set-up every day. The size segregated aerosol number fluxes, cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) fluxes, and biological and organic contents were determined as a function of the sea water characteristics.

Sellegri, Karine; D'Anna, Barbara; Marchand, Nicolas; Charriere, Bruno; Sempere, Richard; Mas, Sebastien; Schwier, Allison; Rose, Clémence; Pey, Jorge; Langley Dewitt, Helen; Même, Aurélie; R'mili, Badr; George, Christian; Delmont, Anne

2014-05-01

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A thermodynamic model of mixed organic-inorganic aerosols to predict activity coefficients  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Tropospheric aerosols contain mixtures of inorganic salts, acids, water, and a large variety of organic compounds. Interactions between these substances in liquid mixtures lead to discrepancies from ideal thermodynamic behaviour. By means of activity coefficients, non-ideal behaviour can be taken into account. We present here a thermodynamic model named AIOMFAC (Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients) that is able to calculate activity coefficients covering inorganic, organic, and organic-inorganic interactions in aqueous solutions over a wide concentration range. This model is based on the activity coefficient model LIFAC by Yan et al. (1999) that we modified and reparametrised to better describe atmospherically relevant conditions and mixture compositions. Focusing on atmospheric applications we considered H+, Li+, Na+, K+, NH+4, Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl-, Br-, NO-3, HSO-4, and SO2-4 as cations and anions and a wide range of alcohols/polyols composed of the functional groups CHn and OH as organic compounds. With AIOMFAC, the activities of the components within an aqueous electrolyte solution are well represented up to high ionic strength. Most notably, a semi-empirical middle-range parametrisation of direct organic-inorganic interactions in alcohol+water+salt solutions strongly improves the agreement between experimental and modelled activity coefficients. At room temperature, this novel thermodynamic model offers the possibility to compute equilibrium relative humidities, gas/particle partitioning and liquid-liquid phase separations with high accuracy. In further studies, other organic functional groups will be introduced. The model framework is not restricted to specific ions or organic compounds and is therefore also applicable for other research topics.

Zuend, A.; Marcolli, C.; Luo, B. P.; Peter, T.

2008-08-01

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A thermodynamic model of mixed organic-inorganic aerosols to predict activity coefficients  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Tropospheric aerosols contain mixtures of inorganic salts, acids, water, and a large variety of organic compounds. Interactions between these substances in liquid mixtures lead to discrepancies from ideal thermodynamic behaviour. By means of activity coefficients, non-ideal behaviour can be taken into account. We present here a thermodynamic model named AIOMFAC (Aerosol Inorganic-Organic Mixtures Functional groups Activity Coefficients) that is able to calculate activity coefficients covering inorganic, organic, and organic-inorganic interactions in aqueous solutions over a wide concentration range. This model is based on the activity coefficient model LIFAC by Yan et al. (1999) that we modified and reparametrised to better describe atmospherically relevant conditions and mixture compositions. Focusing on atmospheric applications we considered H+, Li+, Na+, K+, NH4+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Cl-, Br-, NO3-, HSO4-, and SO42- as cations and anions and a wide range of alcohols/polyols composed of the functional groups CHn and OH as organic compounds. With AIOMFAC, the activities of the components within an aqueous electrolyte solution are well represented up to high ionic strength. Most notably, a semi-empirical middle-range parametrisation of direct organic-inorganic interactions in alcohol + water + salt solutions strongly improves the agreement between experimental and modelled activity coefficients. At room temperature, this novel thermodynamic model offers the possibility to compute equilibrium relative humidities, gas/particle partitioning and liquid-liquid phase separations with high accuracy. In further studies, other organic functional groups will be introduced. The model framework is not restricted to specific ions or organic compounds and is therefore also applicable for other research topics.

Zuend, A.; Marcolli, C.; Luo, B. P.; Peter, Th.

2008-03-01

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Simultaneous online monitoring of inorganic compounds in aerosols and gases in an industrialized area  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The automatic MARGA (monitor for aerosols and gases in ambient air) sampling system was used to measure the inorganic ions Cl-, NO3-, SO42-, Na+, NH4+, K+, Mg2+ and Ca2+ in the PM2.5 aerosol phase and the corresponding inorganic gases HCl, HNO2, SO2, HNO3 and NH3 present in the gas phase. Samples were collected and analyzed hourly for 3 months between April and June, 2011, from a sampling site in Singapore close to a heavy industrial area containing extensive petrochemical refineries. The data (hourly and daily average) were analyzed, compared and discussed based on the ratios of HNO2/HNO3 and NH3/NH4+, the levels of nitrate and sulfate, the total nitrogen, the distribution of particulate matter and gaseous compounds, and the acidity of the aerosols. SO2 was the most abundant gas that appeared in an order of magnitude higher concentration than the other trace gases, and correspondingly SO42- was found to be at least 3-10 times higher than other anionic aerosol species. The concentration of major ions in aerosol samples and the related gaseous compounds followed the order of: SO42- > NH4+ > NO3- > K+ > Na+ > Cl- > Ca2+ > Mg2+ and SO2 > NH3 > HNO2 > HNO3, respectively. The maximum values for many of the target analytes occurred during the hazy period in May when there was significant contamination from regional fires. The elevated levels of HNO2 compared to HNO3 and high levels of HNO3 were rationalized based on artifacts in the denuder sampling methodology.

Khezri, Bahareh; Mo, Huan; Yan, Zhen; Chong, Shey-Ling; Heng, Aik Kian; Webster, Richard D.

2013-12-01

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A combined particle trap/HTDMA hygroscopicity study of mixed inorganic/organic aerosol particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric aerosols are often mixtures of inorganic and organic material. Organics can represent a large fraction of the total aerosol mass and are comprised of water-soluble and insoluble compounds. Increasing attention was paid in the last decade to the capability of mixed inorganic/organic aerosol particles to take up water (hygroscopicity). We performed hygroscopicity measurements of internally mixed particles containing ammonium sulfate and carboxylic acids (citric, glutaric, adipic acid) in parallel with an electrodynamic balance (EDB) and a hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer (HTDMA). The organic compounds were chosen to represent three distinct physical states. During hygroscopicity cycles covering hydration and dehydration measured by the EDB and the HTDMA, pure citric acid remained always liquid, adipic acid remained always solid, while glutaric acid could be either. We show that the hygroscopicity of mixtures of the above compounds is well described by the Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson (ZSR) relationship as long as the two-component particle is completely liquid in the ammonium sulfate/citric acid and in the ammonium sulfate/glutaric acid cases. However, we observe significant discrepancies compared to what is expected from bulk thermodynamics when a solid component is present. We explain this in terms of a complex morphology resulting from the crystallization process leading to veins, pores, and grain boundaries which allow for water sorption in excess of bulk thermodynamic predictions caused by the inverse Kelvin effect on concave surfaces.

Zardini, A. A.; Sjogren, S.; Marcolli, C.; Krieger, U. K.; Gysel, M.; Weingartner, E.; Baltensperger, U.; Peter, T.

2008-03-01

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Geochemistry of organic and inorganic ions of late winter arctic aerosols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In order to examine possible natural as well as anthropogenic aerosol ionic components in the Arctic troposphere, we have measured the concentrations of 12 organic and inorganic ions in late winter Arctic aerosols at Barrow, Alaska, sampled as separated coarse and fine fractions. Inorganic ion concentrations are similar to previous data reported from the Arctic. The organic anion methanesulfonate (MSA), in total coarse + fine, averages 0.12 ± 0.02 nmol m -3. High levels of formate (Fo -) and acetate (Ac -) and traces of propionate (Pp -) and pyruvate (Py -) are found, which altogether account for 20% of the total aerosol mass. Total concentrations, as mean ± S.E. nmol m -3, are (Fo -) 5.3± 0.7, (Ac -) 12.4 ± 2.2, (Pp -) 0.3±0.1, and (Py -) 0.1 ± 0.04. Internal relationships among the carboxylic acid anions suggest emissions from natural vegetation. Lacking local sources during winter, these organic anions are likely to have come from lower latitudes as acid vapors that condensed with gaseous NH 3 into aerosols in the cold Arctic. Four aerosol types, evidenced by seven principal components in the coarse and fine aerosol fractions of 69 12-h samples, are found by absolute principal component analysis (APCA). The most prominent type is a contaminated sea salt, apparently transported to the Arctic after scavenging combustion products. The second contains carboxylic acid anions, such as could have resulted from co-condensation with NH 3 of organic acid vapors from natural sources at lower latitudes. The third is a marine aerosol component containing most of the MSA, Br - and NO -3, as well as small amounts of carboxylic acid anions and some sea salt, and may be a collection of products from gas phase oxidation of precursors. Finally, a fine non-sea salt sulfate (nssSO 2-4) component is found that may have come from SO 2 conversion in air. Most components have good charge balance of the measured ions as indicated by anion/cation ratios near unity. The ratios reflect approximate acid-base neutralization in the components and indicate aged aerosol systems with long atmospheric residence times. Viewing similar components in coarse and fine fractions together, about 10% of the carboxylic acid anions are associated with pollutants in aerosol type 1. Type 2 accounts for 80% of Fo -and 60% of Ac -. Type 3 accounts for 18% of Fo - and 10% of Ac -. Thus, the carboxylic acid anions appear to be mostly natural, with more than 90% of Fo - and 70% of Ac - in types 2 and 3. In coarse aerosols viewed separately, 67% of nssSO 2-4 is in the contaminated sea salt. In fine aerosols, 52% of nssSO 2-4 is in a separate SO 2-4 component which may be formed by SO 2 oxidation. Some nssSO 2-4 is associated with MSA in both fractions and is attributed to natural marine biogenic S precursors. This SO 2-4 is about 20% of total measured nssSO 2-4. These results show that natural compounds are measurable constituents of Arctic aerosols and can account for 60% of the total measured aerosol mass. In future Arctic haze studies both natural and anthropogenic substances should be considered.

Shao-Meng, Li; Winchester, John W.

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Mixing and phase partitioning of primary and secondary organic aerosols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Predicting primary and secondary organic aerosol (POA and SOA) concentrations requires understanding the phase partitioning of semi-volatile organic species. A well-mixed single phase organic aerosol can absorb greater amounts of semi-volatile species but little experimental evidence exists on the phase distribution of particulate organics. We investigated the phase partitioning and mixing of semi-volatile POA and SOA in a smog chamber. Particle time of flight (PToF) data from an Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) were used to quantify the extent of mixing. The SOA plus motor oil and diesel fuel combination produced a weakly mixed system, in which two particulate organic phases coexist. However, the POA in diesel exhaust readily mixed with SOA, forming a single phase after one hour. Although both POA types contain semi-volatile components, there is a fundamental difference in their partitioning behavior with SOA. The high resolution AMS data reveal minor differences in composition between the two types of POA. This work provides further evidence that there exists a set of unidentified components that influence particulate mixing that affect OA formation and suggests the extent of absorbent phase mixing (strong versus weak) can be observed and quantified with PToF data.

Asa-Awuku, A.; Miracolo, M. A.; Kroll, J. H.; Robinson, A. L.; Donahue, N. M.

2009-08-01

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Bounce behavior of freshly nucleated biogenic secondary organic aerosol particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The assessment of the climatic impacts and adverse health effects of atmospheric aerosol particles requires detailed information on particle properties. However, very limited information is available on the morphology and phase state of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles. The physical state of particles greatly affects particulate-phase chemical reactions, and thus the growth rates of newly formed atmospheric aerosol. Thus verifying the physical phase state of SOA particles gives new and important insight into their formation, subsequent growth, and consequently potential atmospheric impacts. According to our recent study, biogenic SOA particles produced in laboratory chambers from the oxidation of real plant emissions as well as in ambient boreal forest atmospheres can exist in a solid phase in size range >30 nm. In this paper, we extend previously published results to diameters in the range of 17-30 nm. The physical phase of the particles is studied by investigating particle bounce properties utilizing electrical low pressure impactor (ELPI). We also investigate the effect of estimates of particle density on the interpretation of our bounce observations. According to the results presented in this paper, particle bounce clearly decreases with decreasing particle size in sub 30 nm size range. The comparison measurements by ammonium sulphate and investigation of the particle impaction velocities strongly suggest that the decreasing bounce is caused by the differences in composition and phase of large (diameters greater than 30 nm) and smaller (diameters between 17 and 30 nm) particles.

Virtanen, A.; Kannosto, J.; Kuuluvainen, H.; Arffman, A.; Joutsensaari, J.; Saukko, E.; Hao, L.; Yli-Pirilä, P.; Tiitta, P.; Holopainen, J. K.; Keskinen, J.; Worsnop, D. R.; Smith, J. N.; Laaksonen, A.

2011-08-01

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Bounce behavior of freshly nucleated biogenic secondary organic aerosol particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The assessment of the climatic impacts and adverse health effects of atmospheric aerosol particles requires detailed information on particle properties. However, very limited information is available on the morphology and phase state of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles. The physical state of particles greatly affects particulate-phase chemical reactions, and thus the growth rates of newly formed atmospheric aerosol particles. Thus verifying the physical phase state of SOA particles gives new and important insight into their formation, subsequent growth, and consequently potential atmospheric impacts. According to our recent study, biogenic SOA particles produced in laboratory chambers from the oxidation of real plant emissions as well as in ambient boreal forest atmospheres can exist in a solid phase in size range >30 nm. In this paper, we extend previously published results to diameters in the range of 17-30 nm. The physical phase of the particles is studied by investigating particle bounce properties utilizing electrical low pressure impactor (ELPI). We also investigate the effect of estimates of particle density on the interpretation of our bounce observations. According to the results presented in this paper, particle bounce clearly decreases with decreasing particle size in sub 30 nm size range. The decreasing bounce can be caused by the differences in composition and phase of large (diameters greater than 30 nm) and smaller (diameters between 17 and 30 nm) particles.

Virtanen, A.; Kannosto, J.; Joutsensaari, J.; Saukko, E.; Kuuluvainen, H.; Hao, L.; Yli-Pirilä, P.; Tiitta, P.; Holopainen, J. K.; Worsnop, D. R.; Smith, J. N.; Laaksonen, A.

2011-03-01

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Glyoxal processing by aerosol multiphase chemistry: towards a kinetic modeling framework of secondary organic aerosol formation in aqueous particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study presents a modeling framework based on laboratory data to describe the kinetics of glyoxal reactions that form secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in aqueous aerosol particles. Recent laboratory results on glyoxal reactions are reviewed and a consistent set of empirical reaction rate constants is derived that captures the kinetics of glyoxal hydration and subsequent reversible and irreversible reactions in aqueous inorganic and water-soluble organic aerosol seeds. Products of these processes include (a) oligomers, (b) nitrogen-containing products, (c) photochemical oxidation products with high molecular weight. These additional aqueous phase processes enhance the SOA formation rate in particles and yield two to three orders of magnitude more SOA than predicted based on reaction schemes for dilute aqueous phase (cloud) chemistry for the same conditions (liquid water content, particle size). The application of the new module including detailed chemical processes in a box model demonstrates that both the time scale to reach aqueous phase equilibria and the choice of rate constants of irreversible reactions have a pronounced effect on the predicted atmospheric relevance of SOA formation from glyoxal. During day time, a photochemical (most likely radical-initiated) process is the major SOA formation pathway forming ∼5 ?g m-3 SOA over 12 h (assuming a constant glyoxal mixing ratio of 300 ppt). During night time, reactions of nitrogen-containing compounds (ammonium, amines, amino acids) contribute most to the predicted SOA mass; however, the absolute predicted SOA masses are reduced by an order of magnitude as compared to day time production. The contribution of the ammonium reaction significantly increases in moderately acidic or neutral particles (5 < pH < 7). Glyoxal uptake into ammonium sulfate seed under dark conditions can be represented with a single reaction parameter keffupt that does not depend on aerosol loading or water content, which indicates a possibly catalytic role of aerosol water in SOA formation. However, the reversible nature of uptake under dark conditions is not captured by keffupt, and can be parameterized by an effective Henry's law constant including an equilibrium constant Kolig = 1000 (in ammonium sulfate solution). Such reversible glyoxal oligomerization contributes <1% to total predicted SOA masses at any time. Sensitivity tests reveal five parameters that strongly affect the predicted SOA mass from glyoxal: (1) time scales to reach equilibrium states (as opposed to assuming instantaneous equilibrium), (2) particle pH, (3) chemical composition of the bulk aerosol, (4) particle surface composition, and (5) particle liquid water content that is mostly determined by the amount and hygroscopicity of aerosol mass and to a lesser extent by the ambient relative humidity. Glyoxal serves as an example molecule, and the conclusions about SOA formation in aqueous particles can serve for comparative studies of other molecules that form SOA as the result of multiphase chemical processing in aerosol water. This SOA source is currently underrepresented in atmospheric models; if included it is likely to bring SOA predictions (mass and O/C ratio) into better agreement with field observations.

Ervens, B.; Volkamer, R.

2010-09-01

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Inorganic aerosols responses to emission changes in Yangtze River Delta, China.  

PubMed

The new Chinese National Ambient Air Quality standards (CH-NAAQS) published on Feb. 29th, 2012 listed PM2.5 as criteria pollutant for the very first time. In order to probe into PM2.5 pollution over Yangtze River Delta, the integrated MM5/CMAQ modeling system is applied for a full year simulation to examine the PM2.5 concentration and seasonality, and also the inorganic aerosols responses to precursor emission changes. Total PM2.5 concentration over YRD was found to have strong seasonal variation with higher values in winter months (up to 89.9 ?g/m(3) in January) and lower values in summer months (down to 28.8 ?g/m(3) in July). Inorganic aerosols were found to have substantial contribution to PM2.5 over YRD, ranging from 37.1% in November to 52.8% in May. Nocturnal production of nitrate (NO3(-)) through heterogeneous hydrolysis of N2O5 was found significantly contribute to high NO3(-) concentration throughout the year. In winter, NO3(-) was found to increase under nitrogen oxides (NOx) emission reduction due to higher production of N2O5 from the excessive ozone (O3) introduced by attenuated titration, which further lead to increase of ammonium (NH4(+)) and sulfate (SO4(2-)), while other seasons showed decrease response of NO3(-). Sensitivity responses of NO3(-) under anthropogenic VOC emission reduction was examined and demonstrated that in urban areas over YRD, NO3(-) formation was actually more sensitive to VOC than NOx due to the O3-involved nighttime chemistry of N2O5, while a reduction of NOx emission may have counter-intuitive effect by increasing concentrations of inorganic aerosols. PMID:24631615

Dong, Xinyi; Li, Juan; Fu, Joshua S; Gao, Yang; Huang, Kan; Zhuang, Guoshun

2014-05-15

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?-caryophyllinic acid: An atmospheric tracer for ?-caryophyllene secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The chemical compositions of ambient PM2.5 samples, collected in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, and a sample of secondary organic aerosol, formed by irradiating a mixture of the sesquiterpene (SQT), ?-caryophyllene, and oxides of nitrogen in a smog chamber, were chemically analyzed using derivative-based GC-MS methods. The analyses showed the presence of an oxidized compound, tentatively identified as ?-caryophyllinic acid, in both the ambient PM2.5 field samples and in the smog chamber sample. The seasonal concentrations of ?-caryophyllinic acid in the ambient PM2.5 samples were 0.5, 0.9, 7.0, and 0.5 ng m-3 during the winter, spring, summer and fall respectively. To our knowledge, this is the first time that an oxidation product of a sesquiterpene, a hydrocarbon with high secondary organic aerosol yields and emitted from plants and trees in significant quantities, has been detected in ambient PM2.5 samples.

Jaoui, Mohammed; Lewandowski, Michael; Kleindienst, Tadeusz E.; Offenberg, John H.; Edney, Edward O.

2007-03-01

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from the Ozonolysis of Cycloalkenes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is ubiquitous in the atmosphere being present in both urban and remote locations and exerting influence on human health, visibility and climate. Despite its importance, our understanding of SOA formation still lacks essential elements, limiting our understanding of the effect of SOA on climate forcing. While there do exist experimental data on SOA yields from both biogenic and anthropogenic precursor compounds, it is difficult to extend these results to predict the aerosol-forming potential of precursor compounds not yet studied. In response to this, a series of chamber experiments were carried out in the Caltech Indoor Chamber Facility, where compounds from the cycloalkene and methyl-substituted cycloalkene families were oxidized by ozone in the dark. The reactions were carried out in dual 28 m3 teflon chambers at 20oC and relative humidity below 5%, in the presence of ammonium sulfate seed aerosol. Cyclohexane was used as a scavenger to prevent side oxidation reactions with OH radicals, generated during ozonolysis of the cycloalkene. While cycloalkenes may not be important precursors for SOA formation in the ambient atmosphere, the system was chosen for its simplicity relative to atmospherically relevant SOA precursors such as the biogenic monoterpenes and sesquiterpenes. Cycloalkenes may be seen as the simplified structures on which these more complicated compounds are based. The compounds reacted included the cycloalkenes: cyclopentene, cyclohexene, cycloheptene and cyclooctene, the methyl-substituted cycloalkenes: 1-methyl-1-cyclohexene, 3-methyl-1-cyclohexene, 1-methy-1-cycloheptene and1-methyl-1-cylopentene, and other related classes of hydrocarbons: methylene cyclohexane and terpinolene. Data collected include aerosol yield, chemical composition and hygroscopic behaviour. The effect of the precursor hydrocarbon structure on these properties of the SOA will be discussed.

Keywood, M.; Varutbangkul, V.; Gao, S.; Brechtel, F.; Bahreini, R.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2003-12-01

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Anthropogenic Air Pollution: Rapid and Higher than Expected  

Microsoft Academic Search

In urban areas the sources of organic aerosol comprise primary emissions of organic aerosol (POA) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as precursors for secondary organic aerosol (SOA). SOA is formed from low volatility products of VOC oxidation. Recent field studies offer evidence that current models greatly underestimate SOA. State-of-the-art SOA models parameterize the results of simulation chamber experiments that bracket

Rainer Volkamer; Jose L. Jimenez; Federico San Martini; Katja Dzepina; Qi Zhang; Dara Salcedo; Luisa T. Molina; Douglas R. Worsnop; Mario J. Molina

2006-01-01

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Effects of uncertainties in the thermodynamic properties of aerosol components in an air quality model - Part 1: Treatment of inorganic electrolytes and organic compounds in the condensed phase  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Air quality models that generate the concentrations of semi-volatile and other condensable organic compounds using an explicit reaction mechanism require estimates of the physical and thermodynamic properties of the compounds that affect gas/aerosol partitioning: vapour pressure (as a subcooled liquid), and activity coefficients in the aerosol phase. The model of Griffin, Kleeman and co-workers (e.g., Griffin et al., 2003; Kleeman et al., 1999) assumes that aerosol particles consist of an aqueous phase, containing inorganic electrolytes and soluble organic compounds, and a hydrophobic phase containing mainly primary hydrocarbon material. Thirty eight semi-volatile reaction products are grouped into ten surrogate species which partition between the gas phase and both phases in the aerosol. Activity coefficients of the organic compounds are calculated using UNIFAC. In a companion paper (Clegg et al., 2008) we examine the likely uncertainties in the vapour pressures of the semi-volatile compounds and their effects on partitioning over a range of atmospheric relative humidities. In this work a simulation for the South Coast Air Basin surrounding Los Angeles, using lower vapour pressures of the semi-volatile surrogate compounds consistent with estimated uncertainties in the boiling points on which they are based, yields a doubling of the predicted 24-h average secondary organic aerosol concentrations. The dependency of organic compound partitioning on the treatment of inorganic electrolytes in the air quality model, and the performance of this component of the model, are determined by analysing the results of a trajectory calculation using an extended version of the Aerosol Inorganics Model of Wexler and Clegg (2002). Simplifications are identified where substantial efficiency gains can be made, principally: the omission of dissociation of the organic acid surrogates; restriction of aerosol organic compounds to one of the two phases (aqueous or hydrophobic) where equilibrium calculations suggest partitioning strongly in either direction; a single calculation of activity coefficients of the organic compounds for simulations where they are determined by the presence of one component at high concentration in either phase (i.e., water in the aqueous phase, or a hydrocarbon surrogate compound P8 in the hydrophobic phase) and are therefore almost invariant. The implications of the results for the development of aerosol models are discussed.

Clegg, S. L.; Kleeman, M. J.; Griffin, R. J.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2008-02-01

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Effects of uncertainties in the thermodynamic properties of aerosol components in an air quality model - Part I: Treatment of inorganic electrolytes and organic compounds in the condensed phase  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Air quality models that generate the concentrations of semi-volatile and other condensable organic compounds using an explicit reaction mechanism require estimates of the physical and thermodynamic properties of the compounds that affect gas/aerosol partitioning: vapour pressure (as a subcooled liquid), and activity coefficients in the aerosol phase. The model of Griffin, Kleeman and co-workers (e.g., Griffin et al., 1999; Kleeman et al., 1999) assumes that aerosol particles consist of an aqueous phase, containing inorganic electrolytes and soluble organic compounds, and a hydrophobic phase containing mainly primary hydrocarbon material. Thirty eight semi-volatile reaction products are grouped into ten surrogate species which partition between the gas phase and both phases in the aerosol. Activity coefficients of the organic compounds are calculated using UNIFAC. In a companion paper (Clegg et al., 2007) we examine the likely uncertainties in the vapour pressures of the semi-volatile compounds and their effects on partitioning over a range of atmospheric relative humidities. In this work a simulation for the South Coast Air Basin surrounding Los Angeles, using lower vapour pressures of the semi-volatile surrogate compounds consistent with estimated uncertainties in the boiling points on which they are based, yields a doubling of the predicted 24-h average secondary organic aerosol concentrations. The dependency of organic compound partitioning on the treatment of inorganic electrolytes in the air quality model, and the performance of this component of the model, are determined by analysing the results of a trajectory calculation using an extended version of the Aerosol Inorganics Model of Wexler and Clegg (2002). Simplifications are identified where substantial efficiency gains can be made, principally: the omission of dissociation of the organic acid surrogates; restriction of aerosol organic compounds to one of the two phases (aqueous or hydrophobic) where equilibrium calculations suggest partitioning strongly in either direction; a single calculation of activity coefficients of the organic compounds for simulations where they are determined by the presence of one component at high concentration in either phase (i.e., water in the aqueous phase, or a hydrocarbon surrogate compound P8 in the hydrophobic phase) and are therefore almost invariant. The implications of the results for the development of aerosol models are discussed.

Clegg, S. L.; Kleeman, M. J.; Griffin, R. J.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2007-07-01

84

A case study of urban particle acidity and its influence on secondary organic aerosol.  

PubMed

Size-resolved indicators of aerosol acidity, including H+ ion concentrations (H+Aer) and the ratio of stoichiometric neutralization are evaluated in submicrometer aerosols using highly time-resolved aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) data from Pittsburgh. The pH and ionic strength within the aqueous particle phase are also estimated using the Aerosol Inorganics Model (AIM). Different mechanisms that contribute to the presence of acidic particles in Pittsburgh are discussed. The largest H+Aer loadings and lowest levels of stoichiometric neutralization were detected when PM1 loadings were high and dominated by SO4(2-). The average size distribution of H+Aer loading shows an accumulation mode at Dva approximately 600 nm and an enhanced smaller mode that centers at Dva approximately 200 nm and tails into smaller sizes. The acidity in the accumulation mode particles suggests that there is generally not enough gas-phase NH3 available on a regional scale to completely neutralize sulfate in Pittsburgh. The lack of stoichiometric neutralization in the 200 nm mode particles is likely caused by the relatively slow mixing of gas-phase NH3 into SO2-rich plumes containing younger particles. We examined the influence of particle acidity on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation by comparing the mass concentrations and size distributions of oxygenated organic aerosol (00A--surrogate for SOA in Pittsburgh) during periods when particles are, on average, acidic to those when particles are bulk neutralized. The average mass concentration of ODA during the acidic periods (3.1 +/- 1.7 microg m(-3)) is higher than that during the neutralized periods (2.5 +/- 1.3 microg m(-3)). Possible reasons for this enhancement include increased condensation of SOA species, acid-catalyzed SOA formation, and/or differences in air mass transport and history. However, even if the entire enhancement (approximately 0.6 microg m(-3)) can be attributed to acid catalysis, the upperbound increase of SOA mass in acidic particles is approximately 25%, an enhancement that is much more moderate than the multifold increases in SOA mass observed during some lab studies and inferred in SO2-rich industrial plumes. In addition, the mass spectra of OOA from these two periods are almost identical with no discernible increase in relative signal intensity at larger m/z's (>200 amu), suggesting that the chemical nature of SOA is similar during acidic and neutralized periods and that there is no significant enhancement of SOA oligomer formation during acidic particle periods in Pittsburgh. PMID:17539528

Zhang, Qi; Jimenez, Jose L; Worsnop, Douglas R; Canagaratna, Manjula

2007-05-01

85

A computationally-efficient secondary organic aerosol module for three-dimensional air quality models  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Accurately simulating secondary organic aerosols (SOA) in three-dimensional (3-D) air quality models is challenging due to the complexity of the physics and chemistry involved and the high computational demand required. A computationally-efficient yet accurate SOA module is necessary in 3-D applications for long-term simulations and real-time air quality forecasting. A coupled gas and aerosol box model (i.e., 0-D CMAQ-MADRID 2) is used to optimize relevant processes in order to develop such a SOA module. Solving the partitioning equations for condensable volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and calculating their activity coefficients in the multicomponent mixtures are identified to be the most computationally-expensive processes. The two processes can be speeded up by relaxing the error tolerance levels and reducing the maximum number of iterations of the numerical solver for the partitioning equations for organic species; conditionally activating organic-inorganic interactions; and parameterizing the calculation of activity coefficients for organic mixtures in the hydrophilic module. The optimal speed-up method can reduce the total CPU cost by up to a factor of 31.4 from benchmark under the rural conditions with 2 ppb isoprene and by factors of 10 71 under various test conditions with 2 10 ppb isoprene and >40% relative humidity while maintaining ±15% deviation. These speed-up methods are applicable to other SOA modules that are based on partitioning theories.

Liu, P.; Zhang, Y.

2008-07-01

86

A computationally-efficient secondary organic aerosol module for three-dimensional air quality models  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Accurately simulating secondary organic aerosols (SOA) in three-dimensional (3-D) air quality models is challenging due to the complexity of the physics and chemistry involved and the high computational demand required. A computationally-efficient yet accurate SOA module is necessary in 3-D applications for long-term simulations and real-time air quality forecasting. A coupled gas and aerosol box model (i.e., 0-D CMAQ-MADRID 2) is used to optimize relevant processes in order to develop such a SOA module. Solving the partitioning equations for condensable volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and calculating their activity coefficients in the multicomponent mixtures are identified to be the most computationally-expensive processes. The two processes can be speeded up by relaxing the error tolerance levels and reducing the maximum number of iterations of the numerical solver for the partitioning equations for organic species; turning on organic-inorganic interactions only when the water content associated with organic compounds is significant; and parameterizing the calculation of activity coefficients for organic mixtures in the hydrophilic module. The optimal speed-up method can reduce the total CPU cost by up to a factor of 29.7 with ±15% deviation from benchmark results. These speedup methods are applicable to other SOA modules that are based on partitioning theories.

Liu, P.; Zhang, Y.

2008-04-01

87

A study of secondary organic aerosol formation in the anthropogenic-influenced southeastern United States  

Microsoft Academic Search

The formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in an anthropogenic-influenced region in the southeastern United States is investigated by a comparison with urban plumes in the northeast. The analysis is based on measurements of fine-particle organic compounds soluble in water (WSOC) as a measure of secondary organic aerosol. Aircraft measurements over a large area of northern Georgia, including the Atlanta

Rodney J. Weber; Amy P. Sullivan; Richard E. Peltier; Armistead Russell; Bo Yan; Mei Zheng; Joost de Gouw; Carsten Warneke; Charles Brock; John S. Holloway; Elliot L. Atlas; Eric Edgerton

2007-01-01

88

Modeling Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation From Emissions of Combustion Sources  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric aerosols exert a large influence on the Earth's climate and cause adverse public health effects, reduced visibility and material degradation. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA), defined as the aerosol mass arising from the oxidation products of gas-phase organic species, accounts for a significant fraction of the submicron atmospheric aerosol mass. Yet, there are large uncertainties surrounding the sources, atmospheric evolution and properties of SOA. This thesis combines laboratory experiments, extensive data analysis and global modeling to investigate the contribution of semi-volatile and intermediate volatility organic compounds (SVOC and IVOC) from combustion sources to SOA formation. The goals are to quantify the contribution of these emissions to ambient PM and to evaluate and improve models to simulate its formation. To create a database for model development and evaluation, a series of smog chamber experiments were conducted on evaporated fuel, which served as surrogates for real-world combustion emissions. Diesel formed the most SOA followed by conventional jet fuel / jet fuel derived from natural gas, gasoline and jet fuel derived from coal. The variability in SOA formation from actual combustion emissions can be partially explained by the composition of the fuel. Several models were developed and tested along with existing models using SOA data from smog chamber experiments conducted using evaporated fuel (this work, gasoline, fischertropschs, jet fuel, diesels) and published data on dilute combustion emissions (aircraft, on- and off-road gasoline, on- and off-road diesel, wood burning, biomass burning). For all of the SOA data, existing models under-predicted SOA formation if SVOC/IVOC were not included. For the evaporated fuel experiments, when SVOC/IVOC were included predictions using the existing SOA model were brought to within a factor of two of measurements with minor adjustments to model parameterizations. Further, a volatility-only model suggested that differences in the volatility of the precursors were able to explain most of the variability observed in the SOA formation. For aircraft exhaust, the previous methods to simulate SOA formation from SVOC and IVOC performed poorly. A more physically-realistic modeling framework was developed, which was then used to show that SOA formation from aircraft exhaust was (a) higher for petroleum-based than synthetically derived jet fuel and (b) higher at lower engine loads and vice versa. All of the SOA data from combustion emissions experiments were used to determine source-specific parameterizations to model SOA formation from SVOC, IVOC and other unspeciated emissions. The new parameterizations were used to investigate their influence on the OA budget in the United States. Combustion sources were estimated to emit about 2.61 Tg yr-1 of SVOC, 1VOC and other unspeciated emissions (sixth of the total anthropogenic organic emissions), which are predicted to double SOA production from combustion sources in the United States. The contribution of SVOC and IVOC emissions to global SOA formation was assessed using a global climate model. Simulations were performed using a modified version of GISS GCM 11'. The modified model predicted that SVOC and IVOC contributed to half of the OA mass in the atmosphere. Their inclusion improved OA model-measurement comparisons for absolute concentrations, POA-SOA split and volatility (gas-particle partitioning) globally suggesting that atmospheric models need to incorporate SOA formation from SVOC and IVOC if they are to reasonably predict the abundance and properties of aerosols. This thesis demonstrates that SVOC/IVOC and possibly other unspeciated organics emitted by combustion sources are very important precursors of SOA and potentially large contributors to the atmospheric aerosol mass. Models used for research and policy applications need to represent them to improve model-predictions of aerosols on climate and health outcomes. The improved modeling frameworks developed in this dissertation are suitable for implementa

Jathar, Shantanu Hemant

89

A review of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) formation from isoprene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent field and laboratory evidence indicates that the oxidation of isoprene, (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene, C5H8) forms secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Global biogenic emissions of isoprene (600 Tg yr-1) are sufficiently large that the formation of SOA in even small yields results in substantial production of atmospheric particulate matter, likely having implications for air quality and climate. Here we present a review of field measurements, experimental work, and modeling studies aimed at understanding the mechanisms, yield, and atmospheric importance of isoprene-derived SOA. SOA yields depend on a number of factors, including organic aerosol loading (Mo), NOx level (RO2 chemistry), and, because of the importance of multigenerational chemistry, the degree of oxidation. These dependences are not always included in SOA modules used in atmospheric transport models, and instead most yield parameterizations rely on a single set of chamber experiments (carried out over a limited range of conditions); this may lead to very different estimates of the atmospheric importance of isoprene SOA. New yield parameterizations, based on all available laboratory data (Mo=0-50 ug/m3), are presented here, so that SOA formation may be computed as a function of Mo, NOx level, and T. Current research needs and future research directions are identified.

Carlton, A. G.; Wiedinmyer, C.; Kroll, J. H.

2009-03-01

90

Secondary Organic Aerosol Production from Cloud Processing of Glycolaldehyde  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Organic particulate matter (PM) formed in the atmosphere (secondary organic aerosol; SOA) is a substantial yet poorly understood contributor to atmospheric PM. Cloud processing is a newly recognized SOA formation pathway. This study investigates the potential for aqueous glycolaldehyde oxidation to produce low volatility products that are retained in the particle phase upon cloud droplet evaporation, increasing PM concentrations aloft. To our knowledge, this is the first confirmation that aqueous oxidation of glycolaldehyde via the hydroxyl radical forms glyoxal and glycolic acid, as previously assumed. Subsequent reactions form formic acid, glyoxylic acid, and oxalic acid as expected. Unexpected products include malonic acid, succinic acid, and higher molecular weight compounds, including oligomers. Predictions of aerosol yields based on these bulk aqueous experiments are presented. Due to (1) the large source strength of glycolaldehyde from precursors such as isoprene and ethene, (2) its water solubility, and (3) the aqueous formation of low volatility products, we predict that cloud processing of glycolaldehyde is an important source of SOA and that incorporation of this SOA formation pathway in chemical transport models will help explain the current under- prediction of organic PM concentrations.

Perri, M. J.; Seitzinger, S.; Turpin, B. J.

2008-12-01

91

Effect of NOx on secondary organic aerosol concentrations.  

PubMed

The secondary organic aerosol (SOA) module in PMCAMx, a three-dimensional chemical transport model, has been updated to incorporate NOx-dependent SOA yields. Under low-NOx conditions, the RO2 radicals react with other peroxy radicals to form a distribution of products with lower volatilities, resulting in higher SOA yields. At high-NOx conditions, the SOA yields are lower because aldehydes, ketones, and nitrates dominate the product distribution. Based on recent laboratory smog chamber experiments, high-NOx SOA parametrizations were created using the volatility basis-set approach.The organic aerosol (OA) concentrations in the Eastern US are simulated for a summer episode, and are compared to the available ambient measurements. Changes in NOx levels result in changes of both the oxidants (ozone, OH radical, etc.) and the SOA yields during the oxidation of the corresponding organic vapors. The NOx dependent SOA parametrization predicts a maximum average SOA concentration of 5.2 microg m(-3) and a domain average concentration of 0.6 microg m(-3). As the NOx emissions are reduced by 25%, the domain average SOA concentration does not significantly change, but the response is quite variable spatially. However, the predicted average SOA concentrations increase in northern US cities by around 3% but decrease in the rural southeast US by approximately 5%. A decrease of the average biogenic SOA by roughly 0.5 microg m(-3) is predicted for the southeast US for a 50% reduction in NOx emissions. PMID:18767660

Lane, Timothy E; Donahue, Neil M; Pandis, Spyros N

2008-08-15

92

Insights into secondary organic aerosol formation mechanisms from measured gas/particle partitioning of specific organic tracer compounds.  

PubMed

In situ measurements of organic compounds in both gas and particle phases were made with a thermal desorption aerosol gas chromatography (TAG) instrument. The gas/particle partitioning of phthalic acid, pinonaldehyde, and 6,10,14-trimethyl-2-pentadecanone is discussed in detail to explore secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation mechanisms. Measured fractions in the particle phase (f(part)) of 6,10,14-trimethyl-2-pentadecanone were similar to those expected from the absorptive gas/particle partitioning theory, suggesting that its partitioning is dominated by absorption processes. However, f(part) of phthalic acid and pinonaldehyde were substantially higher than predicted. The formation of low-volatility products from reactions of phthalic acid with ammonia is proposed as one possible mechanism to explain the high f(part) of phthalic acid. The observations of particle-phase pinonaldehyde when inorganic acids were fully neutralized indicate that inorganic acids are not required for the occurrence of reactive uptake of pinonaldehyde on particles. The observed relationship between f(part) of pinonaldehyde and relative humidity suggests that the aerosol water plays a significant role in the formation of particle-phase pinonaldehyde. Our results clearly show it is necessary to include multiple gas/particle partitioning pathways in models to predict SOA and multiple SOA tracers in source apportionment models to reconstruct SOA. PMID:23448102

Zhao, Yunliang; Kreisberg, Nathan M; Worton, David R; Isaacman, Gabriel; Weber, Robin J; Liu, Shang; Day, Douglas A; Russell, Lynn M; Markovic, Milos Z; VandenBoer, Trevor C; Murphy, Jennifer G; Hering, Susanne V; Goldstein, Allen H

2013-04-16

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A combined particle trap/HTDMA hygroscopicity study of mixed inorganic/organic aerosol particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric aerosols are often mixtures of inorganic and organic material. Organics can represent a large fraction of the total aerosol mass and are comprised of water-soluble and insoluble compounds. Increasing attention was paid in the last decade to the capability of mixed inorganic/organic aerosol particles to take up water (hygroscopicity). We performed hygroscopicity measurements of internally mixed particles containing ammonium sulfate and carboxylic acids (citric, glutaric, adipic acid) in parallel with an electrodynamic balance (EDB) and a hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer (HTDMA). The organic compounds were chosen to represent three distinct physical states. During hygroscopicity cycles covering hydration and dehydration measured by the EDB and the HTDMA, pure citric acid remained always liquid, adipic acid remained always solid, while glutaric acid could be either. We show that the hygroscopicity of mixtures of the above compounds is well described by the Zdanovskii-Stokes-Robinson (ZSR) relationship as long as the two-component particle is completely liquid in the ammonium sulfate/glutaric acid system; deviations up to 10% in mass growth factor (corresponding to deviations up to 3.5% in size growth factor) are observed for the ammonium sulfate/citric acid 1:1 mixture at 80% RH. We observe even more significant discrepancies compared to what is expected from bulk thermodynamics when a solid component is present. We explain this in terms of a complex morphology resulting from the crystallization process leading to veins, pores, and grain boundaries which allow for water sorption in excess of bulk thermodynamic predictions caused by the inverse Kelvin effect on concave surfaces.

Zardini, A. A.; Sjogren, S.; Marcolli, C.; Krieger, U. K.; Gysel, M.; Weingartner, E.; Baltensperger, U.; Peter, T.

2008-09-01

94

Anthropogenic Influence on Secondary Aerosol Formation and Total Water-Soluble Carbon on Atmospheric Particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

On a global scale, the atmosphere is an important source of nutrients, as well as pollutants, because of its interfaces with soil and water. Important compounds in the gaseous phase are in both organic and inorganic forms, such as organic acids, nitrogen, sulfur and chloride. In spite of the species in gas form, a huge number of process, anthropogenic and natural, are able to form aerosols, which may be transported over long distances. Sulfates e nitrates are responsible for rain acidity; they may also increase the solubility of organic compounds and metals making them more bioavailable, and also can act as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). Aerosol samples (PM2.5) were collected in a rural and industrial area in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in order to quantify chemical species and evaluate anthropogenic influences in secondary aerosol formation and organic compounds. Samples were collected during 24 h every six days using a high-volume sampler from August 2010 to July 2011. The aerosol mass was determined by Gravimetry. The water-soluble ionic composition (WSIC) was obtained by Ion Chromatography in order to determine the major anions (NO3-, SO4= and Cl-); total water-soluble carbon (TWSC) was determined by a TOC analyzer. The average aerosol (PM2.5) concentrations ranged from 1 to 43 ug/m3 in the industrial site and from 4 to 35 ug/m3 in the rural area. Regarding anions, the highest concentrations were measured for SO42- (10.6 ?g/m3-12.6 ?g/m3); where the lowest value was found in the rural site and the highest in the industrial. The concentrations for NO3- and Cl- ranged from 4.2 ?g/m3 to 9.3 ?g/m3 and 3.1 ?g/m3 to 6.4 ?g /m3, respectively. Sulfate was the major species and, like nitrate, it is related to photooxidation in the atmosphere. Interestingly sulfate concentrations were higher during the dry period and could be related to photochemistry activity. The correlations between nitrate and non-sea-salt sulfate were weak, suggesting different sources for these species. The secondary aerosol represented an important fraction of total compounds in PM2.5 ranged from 16 to 18% for (NH4)2SO4 and 6 to 8% for NH4NO3. The values for TWSC ranged from 0.28 to 6.35 ?g/m3 in the industrial area and 0.12 to 7.49 ?g/m3 for rural area. The similarity between the areas regarding secondary aerosols formation and water-soluble carbon compounds is probably due to the particle size.

Gioda, Adriana; Mateus, Vinicius; Monteiro, Isabela; Taira, Fabio; Esteves, Veronica; Saint'Pierre, Tatiana

2013-04-01

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Modeling Gas-phase Glyoxal and Associated Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in a Megacity using WRF/Chem  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Organic aerosol (OA) as one of a major fine particulate matter in the atmosphere plays an important role in air pollution, human health, and climate forcing. OA is composed of directly emitted primary organic aerosol and chemically produced secondary organic aerosols (SOA). Despite much recent progress in understanding SOA formation, current air quality models cannot explain the magnitude and growth of atmospheric SOA, due to high uncertainties in sources, properties, and chemical reactions of precursors and formation pathways of SOA. Recent laboratory and modeling studies showed that glyoxal may serve as an important SOA precursor in the condensed solution of inorganic or organic aerosol particles (e.g., ammonium sulfate, fulvic acid, and amino acids). In this study, the Weather Research and Forecasting model with chemistry (WRF/Chem) is modified to account for the latest observed gas-phase yields of glyoxal from various volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the associated SOA formation in the aqueous aerosol phase. The SOA formation in the aqueous aerosol phase is implemented using two approaches. In the first approach, two simplified parameterizations are used to represent the lumped particle-phase chemical processes under dark conditions and photochemical surface uptake. In the second approach, more detailed kinetic glyoxal reactions such as reversible glyoxal uptake, dimer formation of glyoxal, and oligomerization are treated and resolved explicitly. The updated WRF/Chem is assessed over the Mexico City and the surrounding region during March 2006 using the MILAGRO campaign data. Various observations such as organic matter from Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer and VOCs from Proton-transfer Ion Trap Mass Spectrometry were compared. The preliminary results showed that the addition of the SOA formation from glyoxal in aqueous particles brings SOA predictions into a better agreement with field observations, in particular in presence of high relative humidity. The simulation with updated glyoxal yields gives a factor of 2 higher mixing ratio of glyoxal. The uncertainties in the model treatments as well as future work will also be discussed.

Wang, K.; Hodzic, A.; Barth, M. C.; Jimenez, J. L.; Volkamer, R.; Ervens, B.; Zhang, Y.

2011-12-01

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Comparison of Aerosol Mass Spectrometer and Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor Measurements of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in Smog Chamber Studies  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Thermal vaporization-electron impact ionization (TV-EI) mass spectrometry is a powerful tool for understanding the chemistry of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation and atmospheric aging. The Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) and recently developed Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) are two instruments that utilize the same TV-EI technique. The ACSM trades the particle sizing capability, sensitivity, speed, and resolution of the AMS for simplicity, affordability, and ease of operation - enabling stand-alone continuous sampling for extended periods of time. Here we present results of an intercomparison between a high-resolution AMS and an ACSM. Three well-studied SOA formation chamber experiments were conducted: isoprene photooxidation under high NOx conditions, m-xylene photooxidation under high NOx conditions, and ?-pinene ozonolysis under low NOx conditions. Comparisons between time-series and mass spectra from these experiments, along with positive matrix factorization analysis results demonstrate that the ACSM, while it does not provide the same level of detail as an AMS, is a suitable tool for exploring the chemistry of SOA formation in chamber studies.

Croteau, P. L.; Hunter, J. F.; Daumit, K. E.; Carrasquillo, A. J.; Cross, E. S.; Canagaratna, M.; Jayne, J.; Worsnop, D. R.; Kroll, J. H.

2012-12-01

97

Secondary organic aerosol in residences: predicting its fraction of fine particle mass and determinants of formation strength.  

PubMed

Indoor secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation may contribute to particle concentrations within residences, but little systematic work has investigated its magnitude or the determinants of its formation. This work uses a time-averaged modeling approach to predict the indoor SOA mass formed in residences due to the oxidation of 66 reactive organic compounds by ozone or the hydroxyl radical, parameterizing SOA formation with the aerosol mass fraction. Other organic and inorganic aerosols owing to outdoor and indoor sources were also predicted. Model inputs were represented as distributions within a Monte Carlo analysis, so that result distributions and sensitivity of results to inputs could be quantified, using a dataset developed from the study of Relationships between Indoor, Outdoor and Personal Air and other sources. SOA comprised a large amount of indoor organic and total fine particles for a subset of the results (e.g., >47% of indoor organic and >30% of fine aerosol for 10% of the modeled cases), but was often a small fraction. The sensitivity analysis revealed that SOA formation is driven by high terpene emission rates (particularly by d-limonene) and outdoor ozone, along with low air exchange and ozone and particle deposition rates. PMID:24387324

Waring, M S

2014-08-01

98

Kinetic regimes for formation and aging of secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Here we present a conceptual framework of kinetic regime and limiting cases for formation and aging of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). The limiting step of SOA formation can be identified following the developed classification scheme, which is based on three fundamental properties of oxidation products: the reaction location, the saturation ratio, and the heterogeneity in the gas and particle phases. Using the kinetic multi-layer model of gas-particle interactions (KM-GAP) (Shiraiwa et al., 2012), we have analyzed the experimental data of photooxidation of dodecane and subsequent SOA formation. We have found that the contribution of intermediate gas-phase oxidation products to SOA formation is most likely limited by gas-phase reaction, validating the assumption of instantaneous equilibrium partitioning. For semi-volatile and low volatility gas-phase oxidation products, partitioning into the particle phase can be limited by surface accommodation, and possibly by bulk diffusion when organic aerosols adopt glassy or amorphous solid state. The formation of low volatility particle-phase products, such as oligomers and other high molar mass compounds, may be limited by reaction and diffusion in the particle. The 2D evolution plot of molar mass vs. volatility is useful to overview SOA formation and aging. The average molar mass of the organic compounds can be used as a yardstick to estimate relative contribution of gas- vs. particle-phase chemistry to SOA formation. The relatively high values of measured average molar mass for ambient and laboratory-generated SOA imply the importance of particle-phase chemistry in SOA formation.

Shiraiwa, Manabu; Berkemeier, Thomas; Schilling-Fahnestock, Katherine; Seinfeld, John; Pöschl, Ulrich

2014-05-01

99

High Molecular Weight Dimer Esters in ?-Pinene Secondary Organic Aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Monoterpenes, such as ?-pinene, constitute an important group of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC). Once emitted into the atmosphere ?-pinene is removed by oxidization by the hydroxyl radical (OH), reactions with ozone (O3), and with nitrate radicals (NO3) resulting in the formation of first-generation oxidation products, such as semi-volatile carboxylic acids. In addition, higher molecular weight dimer esters originating from the oxidation of ?-pinene have been observed in both laboratory-generated and ambient secondary organic aerosols (SOA). While recent studies suggest that the dimers are formed through esterification between carboxylic acids in the particle phase, the formation mechanism of the dimer esters is still ambiguous. In this work, we present the results of a series of smog chamber experiments to assess the formation of dimer esters formed from the oxidation of ?-pinene. Experiments were conducted in the University of North Carolina (UNC) dual outdoor smog chamber facility to investigate the effect of oxidant species (OH versus O3), relative humidity (RH), and seed aerosol acidity in order to obtain a better understanding of the conditions leading to the formation of the dimer esters and how these parameters may affect the formation and chemical composition of SOA. The chemical composition of ?-pinene SOA was investigated by ultra-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-HR-Q-TOFMS), and a total of eight carboxylic acids and four dimer esters were identified, constituting between 8 and 12 % of the total ?-pinene SOA mass.

Kristensen, Kasper; Cui, Tianqu; Zhang, Haofei; Gold, Avram; Glasius, Marianne; Surratt, Jason D.

2014-05-01

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Cloud condensation nuclei activity of isoprene secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This work explores the cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activity of isoprene secondary organic aerosol (SOA), likely a significant source of global organic particulate matter and CCN, produced from the oxidation with OH from HONO/HOOH photolysis in a temperature-controlled SOA chamber. CCN concentrations, activation diameter, and droplet growth kinetic information were monitored as a function of supersaturation (from 0.3% to 1.5%) for several hours using a cylindrical continuous-flow streamwise thermal gradient CCN counter connected to a scanning mobility particle sizer. The initial SOA concentrations ranged from 2 to 30 ?g m-3 and presented CCN activity similar to monoterpene SOA with an activation diameter of 35 nm for 1.5% supersaturation and 72 nm for 0.6% supersaturation. The CCN activity improved slightly in some experiments as the SOA aged chemically and did not depend significantly on the level of NOx during the SOA production. The measured activation diameters correspond to a hygroscopicity parameter ? value of 0.12, similar to ? values of 0.1 ± 0.04 reported for monoterpene SOA. Analysis of the water-soluble carbon extracted from filter samples of the SOA suggest that it has a ? of 0.2-0.3 implying an average molar mass between 90 and 150 g mol-1 (assuming a zero and 5% surface tension reduction with respect to water, respectively). These findings are consistent with known oxidation products of isoprene. Using threshold droplet growth analysis, the CCN activation kinetics of isoprene SOA was determined to be similar to pure ammonium sulfate aerosol.

Engelhart, Gabriella J.; Moore, Richard H.; Nenes, Athanasios; Pandis, Spyros N.

2011-01-01

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Formation of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene oxidation over Europe  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The role of isoprene as a precursor to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere over Europe was studied using the two-way nested global chemistry transport model TM5 with a horizontal resolution of 1×1 degrees. We analysed results from three scenarios: 1) reference scenario: similar to the study by Tsigaridis and Kanakidou (Atmos. Chem. Phys., 3, 1849-1869, 2003) but including SOA formed from isoprene oxidation (SOA-I), 2) best guess scenario: considers several updates in parameterisations and uses the recent MEGAN isoprene emission inventory, and 3) zero SOA-I scenario: SOA formation from isoprene oxidation is ignored. The predicted tropospheric production of SOA-I over Europe using the best guess scenario is 0.10 Tg yr-1. Total tropospheric SOA production in this scenario is 0.70 Tg yr-1, roughly 40% higher than in the zero SOA-I scenario. Summertime measurements of particulate organic matter (POM) during the extensive EMEP OC/EC campaign 2002/2003 are better reproduced when SOA formation from isoprene is taken into account, reflecting also the strong seasonality of isoprene and other biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) emissions from vegetation. However, during winter, our model strongly underestimates POM, likely caused by missing wood burning in the emission inventories. Uncertainties in the parameterisation of isoprene SOA formation have been investigated based on our reference scenario. The sensitivity of our model results to different European isoprene emissions inventories, different representations of the isoprene SOA formation route, and assumptions regarding the effectiveness of wet removal of isoprene oxidation products were investigated. Maximum SOA production is found for irreversible sticking (non-equilibrium partitioning) of condensable vapours on particles, with tropospheric SOA production over Europe increased by a factor of 4 in summer compared to the reference case. The amount and the nature of the absorbing matter are shown to be another key uncertainty when predicting SOA levels. Tropospheric isoprene SOA production over Europe in summer more than doubles when, in addition to pre-existing carbonaceous aerosols, condensation of semi volatile vapours on ammonium and sulphate aerosols is considered.

Karl, M.; Tsigaridis, K.; Vignati, E.; Dentener, F.

2009-04-01

102

Radiative Effects of Carbonaceous and Inorganic Aerosols over California during CalNex and CARES: Observations versus Model Predictions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosols have been identified to be a major contributor to the uncertainty in understanding the present climate. Most of this uncertainty arises due to the lack of knowledge of their micro-physical and chemical properties as well as how to adequately represent their spatial and temporal distributions. Increased process level understanding can be achieved through carefully designed field campaigns and experiments. These measurements can be used to elucidate the aerosol properties, mixing, transport and transformation within the atmosphere and also to validate and improve models that include meteorology-aerosol-chemistry interactions. In the present study, the WRF-Chem model is used to simulate the evolution of carbonaceous and inorganic aerosols and their impact on radiation during May and June of 2010 over California when two field campaigns took place: the California Nexus Experiment (CalNex) and Carbonaceous Aerosol and Radiative Effects Study (CARES). We merged CalNex and CARES data along with data from operational networks such as, California Air Resources Board (CARB's) air quality monitoring network, the Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) network, the AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET), and satellites into a common dataset for the Aerosol Modeling Test bed. The resulting combined dataset is used to rigorously evaluate the model simulation of aerosol mass, size distribution, composition, and optical properties needed to understand uncertainties that could affect regional variations in aerosol radiative forcing. The model reproduced many of the diurnal, multi-day, and spatial variations of aerosols as seen in the measurements. However, regionally the performance varied with reasonably good agreement with observations around Los Angeles and Sacramento and poor agreement with observations in the vicinity of Bakersfield (although predictions aloft were much better). Some aerosol species (sulfate and nitrate) were better represented than others (organic matter, black carbon) at many locations. The model also reproduced the observed transport of sea-salt by intrusions of marine air from the Bay Area to Sacramento. The vertical distribution of aerosols was simulated reasonably as evidenced from comparison with observed profiles from the High Spectral Resolution Lidar (HSRL) on the NASA B-200 aircraft, although the values in the boundary layer were too high at times. Consistent with the bias in aerosol mass, the simulated column aerosol optical depths at the AERONET and field campaign sites were often too high. Comparisons between observed and predicted aerosol optical depth and single scattering albedo will be presented. Using aerosol observations as a constraint, we will present the radiative effect of simulated aerosols and its sensitivity to the uncertainties in predicted aerosol properties.

Vinoj, V.; Fast, J. D.; Liu, Y.

2012-12-01

103

[Seasonal distribution of water-soluble inorganic ions in the atmospheric aerosol in Qingdao].  

PubMed

To collect comprehensive information on the characteristics and sources of water-soluble ions in the atmospheric aerosol in Qingdao, samples of total suspended particles (TSP) were collected from January to December 2008, and the concentrations of the major water-soluble inorganic ions were analyzed using ion chromatography. The results showed that SO4(2-), NO3-, NH4+ and Cl- were the dominant water-soluble ions in TSP, the sum of the four accounting for 86.9% of water-soluble ions in mass concentration. TSP and water-soluble inorganic ions showed obvious seasonal variations and there were a variety of sources. The mass concentrations of Na+, NH4+, Ca2+, F- and Mg2+ were highest in winter and lowest in summer. The concentrations of K+ and PO4(3-) were highest in autumn and lowest in summer. NO3-, Cl- and SO4(2-) concentrations had the highest values in spring, winter, and spring, respectively. Different weather conditions had great influence on the concentrations of TSP and water-soluble ions. The mass concentrations of TSP were highest in dust weather followed by haze, smog, fog and sunny days. The average mass concentrations of Na+ , Mg2+, Ca2+, F- , Cl- and PO4(3-) were highest in smog days while the other ions in haze days. PMID:23002589

Liu, Zhen; Qi, Jian-Hua; Wang, Lin; Chen, Xiao-Jing; Shi, Jin-Hui; Gao, Hui-Wang

2012-07-01

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Formation of semivolatile inorganic aerosols in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area during the MILAGRO campaign  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of the most challenging tasks for chemical transport models (CTMs) is the prediction of the formation and partitioning of the major semi-volatile inorganic aerosol components (nitrate, chloride, ammonium) between the gas and particulate phases. In this work the PMCAMx-2008 CTM, which includes the recently developed aerosol thermodynamic model ISORROPIA-II, is applied in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area in order to simulate the formation of the major inorganic aerosol components. The main sources of SO2 (such as the Miguel Hidalgo Refinery and the Francisco Perez Rios Power Plant) in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) are located in Tula, resulting in high predicted PM1 (particulate matter with diameter less than 1 ?m) sulfate concentrations (over 25 ?g m-3) in that area. The average predicted PM1 nitrate concentrations are up to 3 ?g m-3 (with maxima up to 11 ?g m-3) in and around the urban center, mostly produced from local photochemistry. The presence of calcium coming from the Tolteca area (7 ?g m-3) as well as the rest of the mineral cations (1 ?g m-3 potassium, 1 ?g m-3 magnesium, 2 ?g m-3 sodium, and 3 ?g m-3 calcium) from the Texcoco Lake resulted in the formation of a significant amount of aerosol nitrate in the coarse mode with concentrations up to 3 ?g m-3 over these areas. PM1-10 (particulate matter with diameter between 1 and 10 ?m) chloride is also high and its concentration exceeds 2 ?g m-3 in Texcoco Lake. PM1 ammonium concentrations peak at the center of Mexico City (2 ?g m-3) and the Tula vicinity (2.5 ?g m-3). The performance of the model for the major inorganic PM components (sulfate, ammonium, nitrate, chloride, sodium, calcium, and magnesium) is encouraging. At the T0 measurement site, located in the Mexico City urban center, the average measured values of PM1 sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, and chloride are 3.5 ?g m-3, 3.5 ?g m-3, 2.1 ?g m-3, and 0.36 ?g m-3, respectively. The corresponding predicted values are 3.7 ?g m-3, 2.7 ?g m-3, 1.7 ?g m-3, and 0.25 ?g m-3. High sulfate concentrations are associated with the transport of sulfate from the Tula vicinity, while in periods where southerly winds are dominant; the concentrations of sulfate are low. The underprediction of nitrate can be attributed to the underestimation of OH levels by the model during the early morning. Ammonium is sensitive to the predicted sulfate concentrations and the nitrate levels. The performance of the model is also evaluated against measurements taken from a suburban background site (T1) located north of Mexico City. The average predicted PM2.5 (particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 ?m) sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, chloride, sodium, calcium, and magnesium are 3.3, 3.2, 1.4, 0.5, 0.3, 1.2, and 0.15 ?g m-3, respectively. The corresponding measured concentrations are 3.7, 2.9, 1.5, 0.3, 0.4, 0.6, and 0.15 ?g m-3. The overprediction of calcium indicates a possible overestimation of its emissions and affects the partitioning of nitric acid to the aerosol phase resulting occasionally in an overprediction of nitrate. Additional improvements are possible by improving the performance of the model regarding the oxidant levels, and revising the emissions and the chemical composition of the fugitive dust. The hybrid approach in which the mass transfer to the fine aerosol is simulated using the bulk equilibrium assumption and to the remaining aerosol sections using a dynamic approach, is needed in order to accurately simulate the size distribution of the inorganic aerosols. The bulk equilibrium approach fails to reproduce the observed coarse nitrate and overpredicts the fine nitrate. Sensitivity tests indicate that sulfate concentration in Tula decreases by up to 0.5 ?g m-3 after a 50% reduction of SO2 emissions while it can increase by up to 0.3 ?g m-3 when NOx emissions are reduced by 50%. Nitrate concentration decreases by up to 1 ?g m-3 after the 50% reduction of NOx or NH3 emissions. Ammonium concentration decreases by up to 1 ?g m-3, 0.3 ?g m-3, and 0.1 ?g m-3 after the 50% reduction o

Karydis, V. A.; Tsimpidi, A. P.; Lei, W.; Molina, L. T.; Pandis, S. N.

2011-12-01

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Processes influencing secondary aerosol formation in the San Joaquin Valley during winter  

SciTech Connect

Air quality data collected in the California Regional PM10/PM2.5 Air Quality Study (CRPAQS) are analyzed to qualitatively assess the processes affecting secondary aerosol formation in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV). This region experiences some of the highest fine particulate matter (PM2.5) mass concentrations in California ({le} 188 {mu}g/m{sup 3} 24-hr average), and secondary aerosol components (as a group) frequently constitute over half of the fine aerosol mass in winter. The analyses are based on 15 days of high-frequency filter and canister measurements and several months of wintertime continuous gas and aerosol measurements. The phase-partitioning of nitrogen oxide (NOx)-related nitrogen species and carbonaceous species shows that concentrations of gaseous precursor species are far more abundant than measured secondary aerosol nitrate or estimated secondary organic aerosols. Comparisons of ammonia and nitric acid concentrations indicate that ammonium nitrate formation is limited by the availability of nitric acid rather than ammonia. Time-resolved aerosol nitrate data collected at the surface and on a 90-m tower suggest that both the daytime and nighttime nitric acid formation pathways are active, and entrainment of aerosol nitrate formed aloft at night may explain the spatial homogeneity of nitrate in the SJV. NOx and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions plus background O{sub 3} levels are expected to determine NOx oxidation and nitric acid production rates, which currently control the ammonium nitrate levels in the SJV. Secondary organic aerosol formation is significant in winter, especially in the Fresno urban area. Formation of secondary organic aerosol is more likely limited by the rate of VOC oxidation than the availability of VOC precursors in winter. 59 refs., 11 figs., 1 tab.

Frederick W. Lurmann; Steven G. Brown; Michael C. McCarthy; Paul T. Roberts [Sonoma Technology, Inc., Petaluma, CA (United States)

2006-12-15

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Experimental Determination of Chemical Diffusion within Secondary Organic Aerosol Particles  

SciTech Connect

Formation, properties, transformations, and temporal evolution of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) particles strongly depend on particle phase. Recent experimental evidence from a number of groups indicates that SOA is in a semi-solid phase, the viscosity of which remained unknown. We find that when SOA is made in the presence of vapors of volatile hydrophobic molecules the SOA particles absorb and trap them. Here, we illustrate that it is possible to measure the evaporation rate of these molecules that is determined by their diffusion in SOA, which is then used to calculate a reasonably accurate value for the SOA viscosity. We use pyrene as a tracer molecule and a-pinene SOA as an illustrative case. It takes ~24 hours for half the pyrene to evaporate to yield a viscosity of 10^8 Pa s for a-pinene. This viscosity is consistent with measurements of particle bounce and evaporation rates. We show that viscosity of 10^8 Pa s implies coalescence times of minutes, consistent with the findings that SOA particles are spherical. Similar measurements on aged SOA particles doped with pyrene yield a viscosity of 10^9 Pa s, indicating that hardening occurs with time, which is consistent with observed decrease in water uptake and evaporation rate with aging.

Abramson, Evan H.; Imre, D.; Beranek, Josef; Wilson, Jacqueline; Zelenyuk, Alla

2013-02-28

107

Photochemistry of Secondary Organic Aerosol Components in Water and Ice  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) can nucleate clouds in the atmosphere and may be scavenged by previously formed cloud droplets. Significant concentrations of dissolved organic matter are typically present in cloud droplets, snow, and ice particles, however the photochemical transformations of these organic components in liquid aqueous solutions and in ice are poorly understood. An apparatus was constructed to measure the absorption spectra of frozen aqueous solutions in the presence of ultra-violet (UV) light. We can monitor the disappearance of the original reactant as a function of UV exposure time with UV-Visible spectroscopy and identify products with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. Initial experiments with methylhydroperoxide, the simplest organic peroxide, which is readily detectable in solid and liquid cloud particles, reveal no change in the absorption spectra between the liquid and frozen solution. With these photolysis experiments, we can establish quantum yields of methylhydroperoxide photodissociation and allow for the comparison between liquid and ice phase chemistry. Additional experiments with pinonic acid, a significant product formed from alpha-pinene ozonolysis, and a mixture of common SOA constituents will allow us to determine quantum yields and reveal important insight in the understanding of the cloud processing of water soluble SOA by sunlight.

Epstein, S. A.; Tran, V. T.; Lignell, H.; Nizkorodov, S.; Shemesh, D.; Gerber, R.

2011-12-01

108

Nonequilibrium Atmospheric Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation and Growth  

SciTech Connect

Airborne particles play a critical role in air quality, human health effects, visibility and climate. Secondary organic aerosols (SOA) account for a significant portion of total airborne particles. They are formed in reactions of organic gases that produce low volatility and semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs). Current atmospheric models assume that SOA are liquids into which SVOCs undergo equilibrium partitioning and grow the particles. However a large discrepancy between model predictions and field measurements of SOA is commonly observed. We report here laboratory studies of the oxidation of a-pinene by ozone and nitrate radicals and show that particle composition is actually consistent with a kinetically determined growth mechanism, and not with equilibrium partitioning between the gas phase and liquid particles. If this is indeed a general phenomenon in air, the formulation of atmospheric SOA models will have to be revised to reflect this new paradigm. This will have significant impacts on quantifying the role of SOA in air quality, visibility, and climate.

Perraud, Veronique M.; Bruns, Emily A.; Ezell, Michael J.; Johnson, Stanley N.; Yu, Yong; Alexander, M. L.; Zelenyuk, Alla; Imre, D.; Chang, W. L.; Dabdub, Donald; Pankow, James F.; Finlayson-Pitts, Barbara J.

2012-02-21

109

Secondary organic aerosol from biogenic volatile organic compound mixtures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yields from the ozonolysis of a Siberian fir needle oil (SFNO), a Canadian fir needle oil (CFNO), and several SOA precursor mixtures containing reactive and non-reactive volatile organic compounds (VOCs) were investigated. The use of precursor mixtures more completely describes the atmosphere where many VOCs exist. The addition of non-reactive VOCs such as bornyl acetate, camphene, and borneol had very little to no effect on SOA yields. The oxidation of VOC mixtures with VOC mass percentages similar to the SFNO produced SOA yields that became more similar to the SOA yield from SFNO as the complexity and concentration of VOCs within the mixture became more similar to overall SFNO composition. The SOA yield produced by the oxidation of CFNO was within the error of the SOA yield produced by the oxidation of SFNO at a similar VOC concentration. The SOA yields from SFNO were modeled using the volatility basis set (VBS), which predicts the SOA yields for a given mass concentration of mixtures containing similar VOCs.

Hatfield, Meagan L.; Huff Hartz, Kara E.

2011-04-01

110

Investigation of formation and ageing of biogenic secondary aerosols by soft ionization aerosol mass spectrometry  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The knowledge of the chemical composition of secondary organic aerosol is one essential key to understand the significance and fate of SOA in the atmosphere. However, the chemical evolution of SOA, from the very first condensing/nucleating molecules to the final oxidation products is still insufficiently understood and object of current research [1-3]. Consequently, the formation and photochemical ageing of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) was investigated in a series of reaction chamber experiments by applying on-line aerosol mass spectrometry (atmospheric pressure chemical ionization mass spectrometry (APCI/MS)) as well as off-line high performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS). In a set of experiments, performed in the large outdoor reaction chamber SAPHIR (Jülich, Germany), SOA was generated from a boreal mixture of biogenic VOCs. During a two-day experiment the generated biogenic SOA was exposed to OH-radicals and the temporal evolution of the chemical composition was characterized. The applied on-line MS method not only provides highly time resolved chemical information (such as an AMS) but also allows molecular identification/quantification of specific marker compounds. Several first and higher generation BSOA products were identified. Among the higher generation products, especially a tricarboxylic acid (3-methyl-1,2,3-butanetricarboxylic acid) [2] was observed as an eye-catching oxidative processing marker. A more detailed investigation of hydroxyl radical induced SOA aging at the AIDA chamber facility in Karlsruhe, again using terpenes as SOA precursors, clearly showed that the formation of the tricarboxylic acid takes place in the gas phase by the reaction of semivolatile first generation products and hydroxyl radicals. Actually, there were no indications for OH induced oxidation of compounds in the condensed phase. The consequences of these results will be discussed in the contribution. 1. Rudich, Y., N.M. Donahue, and T.F. Mentel (2007) Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 58: 321-352 2. Szmigielski, R., J.D. Surratt, Y. Gomez-Gonzalez, P. Van der Veken, I. Kourtchev, R. Vermeylen, F. Blockhuys, M. Jaoui, T.E. Kleindienst, M. Lewandowski, J.H. Offenberg, E.O. Edney, J.H. Seinfeld, W. Maenhaut and M. Claeys (2007) Geophysical Research Letters 34(24) 3. Jimenez, JL , et al. (2009) Science (326), 1525-1529

Müller, Lars; Reinnig, Marc-Christopher; Vogel, Alexander; Mentel, Thomas; Tillmann, Ralf; Schlosser, E.; Wahner, Andreas; Donahue, Neil; Saathoff, Harald; Hoffmann, Thorsten

2010-05-01

111

Investigation of the Correlation between Odd Oxygen and Secondary Organic Aerosol in Mexico City and Houston  

EPA Science Inventory

Many recent models underpredict secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particulate matter(PM) concentrations in polluted regions, indicating serious deficiencies in the models' chemical mechanisms and/or missing SOA precursors. Since tropospheric photochemical ozone production is much b...

112

Secondary organic aerosol formation from fossil fuel sources contribute majority of summertime organic mass at Bakersfield  

EPA Science Inventory

Secondary organic aerosols (SOA), known to form in the atmosphere from oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by anthropogenic and biogenic sources, are a poorly understood but substantial component of atmospheric particles. In this study, we examined the chemic...

113

Model Representation of Secondary Organic Aerosol in CMAQ v4.7  

EPA Science Inventory

Numerous scientific upgrades to the representation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) are incorporated into the Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system. Additions include several recently identified SOA precursors: benzene, isoprene, and sesquiterpenes; and pathwa...

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in Aerosol Water by Photochemical Reactions of Gaseous Mixture of Monoterpene and Hydrogen Peroxide  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There exist large uncertainties in model predictions for climate change and regional air quality. It could be caused by incomplete integration of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in atmospheric chemical models. Recent laboratory studies have found SOA formation through chemical reactions on aerosol surface and in aerosol water. Water soluble organics formed by photochemical degradation of biogenic organics including isoprene and anthropogenic aromatics are predicted to form substantial amount of SOA through the newly found pathways. Although SOA formation in bulk aqueous solution was reported for laboratory experiments of various precursors (e.g., water soluble carbonyls and phenols), little is known for SOA formation in real aerosol water. In this study, photochemical reactions of the gaseous mixture of monoterpene and hydrogen peroxide were examined to investigate SOA formation through reactions in real aerosol phase water. SOA formation was conducted using a flow tube reactor (ID 30 cm x L 150 cm, FEP) and a smog chamber using FEP film in the presence of dry and wet seed particles. Acidity and chemical composition of seed aerosol were also controlled as important parameters influencing SOA formation. Particle size distribution and aerosol composition were analyzed to account for differences in SOA formation mechanisms and yields for dry and wet particles. The differences might be mainly associated with SOA formation in aerosol phase water. This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2011-0000221).

Lim, H.; Yi, S.; Park, J.; Cho, H.; Jung, K.

2011-12-01

115

Light Absorption by Secondary Organic Aerosol from ?-Pinene: Effects of Oxidants, Seed Aerosol Acidity, and Relative Humidity  

SciTech Connect

It is well known that light absorption from dust and black carbon aerosols has a warming effect on climate while light scattering from sulfate, nitrate, and sea salt aerosols has a cooling effect. However, there are large uncertainties associated with light absorption and scattering by different types of organic aerosols, especially in the near-UV and UV spectral regions. In this paper, we present the results from a systematic laboratory study focused on measuring light absorption by secondary organic aerosols (SOA) generated from ozonolysis or NO3 oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence of neutral and acidic sulfate seed aerosols. Light absorption was monitored using photoacoustic spectrometers at four different wavelengths: 355, 405, 532 and 870 nm. Light absorption at 355 and 405 nm was observed by SOA generated from oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence of acidic sulfate seed aerosols, under dry conditions. No absorption was observed when the relative humidity was elevated to greater than 27%, or in the presence of neutral sulfate seed aerosols. The light-absorbing compounds are speculated to be aldol condensation oligomers with organosulfate and organic nitrate groups. The results of this study also indicate that organic nitrates from ?-pinene SOA formed in the presence of neutral sulfate seed aerosols do not appear to absorb near-UV and UV radiation.

Song, Chen; Gyawali, Madhu S.; Zaveri, Rahul A.; Shilling, John E.; Arnott, W. Patrick

2013-10-25

116

Formation of semivolatile inorganic aerosols in the mexico city metropolitan area during the milagro campaign  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of the most challenging tasks for chemical transport models (CTMs) is the prediction of the formation and partitioning of the major semi-volatile inorganic aerosol components (nitrate, chloride, ammonium) between the gas and particulate phases. In this work the PMCAMx-2008 CTM, which includes the recently developed aerosol thermodynamic model ISORROPIA-II, is applied in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area in order to simulate the formation of the major inorganic aerosol components. The main sources of SO2 (such as the Miguel Hidalgo Refinery and the Francisco Perez Rios Power Plant) in the Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) are located in Tula, resulting in high predicted PM1 sulfate concentrations (over 25 ?g m-3) in that area. The average predicted PM1 nitrate concentrations are up to 3 ?g m-3 (with maxima up to 11 ?g m-3) in and around the urban center, mostly produced from local photochemistry. The presence of calcium coming from the Tolteca area (7 ?g m-3) as well as the rest of the mineral cations (1 ?g m-3 potassium, 1 ?g m-3 magnesium, 2 ?g m-3 sodium, and 3 ?g m-3 calcium) from the Texcoco Lake resulted in the formation of a significant amount of aerosol nitrate in the coarse mode with concentrations up to 3 ?g m-3 over these areas. PM1-10 chloride is also high and its concentration exceeds 2 ?g m-3 in Texcoco Lake. PM ammonium concentrations peak at the center of Mexico City (2 ?g m-3) and the Tula vicinity (2.5 ?g m-3). The performance of the model for the major inorganic PM components (sulfate, ammonium, nitrate, chloride, sodium, calcium, and magnesium) is encouraging. At T0, the average measured values of PM1 sulfate, nitrate, ammonium, and chloride are 3.6 ?g m-3, 3.6 ?g m-3, 2.1 ?g m-3, and 0.35 ?g m-3 respectively. The corresponding predicted values are 3.7 ?g m-3, 2.8 ?g m-3, 1.7 ?g m-3, and 0.25 ?g m-3. Additional improvements are possible by (i) using a day-dependent emission inventory, (ii) improving the performance of the model regarding the oxidant levels, and (iii) revising the emissions and the chemical composition of the fugitive dust. Sensitivity tests indicate that sulfate concentration in Tula decreases by up to 0.5 ?g m-3 after a 50 % reduction of SO2 emissions while it can increase by up to 0.3 ?g m-3 when NOx emissions are reduced by 50 %. Nitrate concentration decreases by up to 1 ?g m-3 after the 50 % reduction of NOx or NH3 emissions. Ammonium concentration decreases by up to 1 ?g m-3, 0.3 ?g m-3, and 0.1 ?g m-3 after the 50 % reduction of NH3, NOx, and SO2 emissions respectively.

Karydis, V. A.; Tsimpidi, A. P.; Lei, W.; Molina, L. T.; Pandis, S. N.

2011-08-01

117

Dimers in ?-pinene secondary organic aerosol: effect of hydroxyl radical, ozone, relative humidity and aerosol acidity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from both ozonolysis and hydroxyl radical (OH)-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene under conditions of high nitric oxide (NO) concentrations with varying relative humidity (RH) and aerosol acidity was investigated in the University of North Carolina dual outdoor smog chamber facility. SOA formation from ozonolysis of ?-pinene was enhanced relative to that from OH-initiated oxidation in the presence of initially high-NO conditions. However, no effect of RH on SOA mass was evident. Ozone (O3)-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence of ammonium sulfate (AS) seed coated with organic aerosol from OH-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene showed reduced nucleation compared to ozonolysis in the presence of pure AS seed aerosol. The chemical composition of ?-pinene SOA was investigated by ultra-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-HR-Q-TOFMS), with a focus on the formation of carboxylic acids and high-molecular weight dimers. A total of eight carboxylic acids and four dimers were identified, constituting between 8 and 12% of the total ?-pinene SOA mass. OH-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence of nitrogen oxides (NOx) resulted in the formation of highly oxidized carboxylic acids, such as 3-methyl-1,2,3-butanetricarboxylic acid (MBTCA) and diaterpenylic acid acetate (DTAA). The formation of dimers was observed only in SOA produced from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene in the absence of NOx, with increased concentrations by a factor of two at higher RH (50-90%) relative to lower RH (30-50%). The increased formation of dimers correlates with an observed increase in new particle formation at higher RH due to nucleation. Increased aerosol acidity was found to have a negligible effect on the formation of the dimers. SOA mass yield did not influence the chemical composition of SOA formed from ?-pinene ozonolysis with respect to carboxylic acids and dimers. The results support the formation of the high-molecular weight dimers through gas-phase reactions of the stabilized Criegee Intermediate (sCI) formed from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene. The high molecular weight and polar nature of dimers formed in the gas phase may explain increased particle number concentration as a result of homogenous nucleation. Since three of these dimers (i.e. pinyl-diaterpenyl dimer (MW 358), pinyl-diaterebyl dimer (MW 344) and pinonyl-pinyl dimer (MW 368)) have been observed in both laboratory-generated and ambient fine organic aerosol samples, we conclude that the dimers observed in this study can be used as tracers for the O3-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene, and are therefore indicative of enhanced anthropogenic activities, and that the high molecular weight and low volatility dimers result in homogenous nucleation under laboratory conditions, increasing the particle number concentration.

Kristensen, K.; Cui, T.; Zhang, H.; Gold, A.; Glasius, M.; Surratt, J. D.

2014-04-01

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Modeling organic aerosols during MILAGRO: importance of biogenic secondary organic aerosols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The meso-scale chemistry-transport model CHIMERE is used to assess our understanding of major sources and formation processes leading to a fairly large amount of organic aerosols - OA, including primary OA (POA) and secondary OA (SOA) - observed in Mexico City during the MILAGRO field project (March 2006). Chemical analyses of submicron aerosols from aerosol mass spectrometers (AMS) indicate that organic particles found in the Mexico City basin contain a large fraction of oxygenated organic species (OOA) which have strong correspondence with SOA, and that their production actively continues downwind of the city. The SOA formation is modeled here by the one-step oxidation of anthropogenic (i.e. aromatics, alkanes), biogenic (i.e. monoterpenes and isoprene), and biomass-burning SOA precursors and their partitioning into both organic and aqueous phases. Conservative assumptions are made for uncertain parameters to maximize the amount of SOA produced by the model. The near-surface model evaluation shows that predicted OA correlates reasonably well with measurements during the campaign, however it remains a factor of 2 lower than the measured total OA. Fairly good agreement is found between predicted and observed POA within the city suggesting that anthropogenic and biomass burning emissions are reasonably captured. Consistent with previous studies in Mexico City, large discrepancies are encountered for SOA, with a factor of 2-10 model underestimate. When only anthropogenic SOA precursors were considered, the model was able to reproduce within a factor of two the sharp increase in OOA concentrations during the late morning at both urban and near-urban locations but the discrepancy increases rapidly later in the day, consistent with previous results, and is especially obvious when the column-integrated SOA mass is considered instead of the surface concentration. The increase in the missing SOA mass in the afternoon coincides with the sharp drop in POA suggesting a tendency of the model to excessively evaporate the freshly formed SOA. Predicted SOA concentrations in our base case were extremely low when photochemistry was not active, especially overnight, as the SOA formed in the previous day was mostly quickly advected away from the basin. These nighttime discrepancies were not significantly reduced when greatly enhanced partitioning to the aerosol phase was assumed. Model sensitivity results suggest that observed nighttime OOA concentrations are strongly influenced by a regional background SOA (~1.5 ?g/m3) of biogenic origin which is transported from the coastal mountain ranges into the Mexico City basin. The presence of biogenic SOA in Mexico City was confirmed by SOA tracer-derived estimates that have reported 1.14 (±0.22) ?g/m3 of biogenic SOA at T0, and 1.35 (±0.24) ?g/m3 at T1, which are of the same order as the model. Consistent with other recent studies, we find that biogenic SOA does not appear to be underestimated significantly by traditional models, in strong contrast to what is observed for anthropogenic pollution. The relative contribution of biogenic SOA to predicted monthly mean SOA levels (traditional approach) is estimated to be more than 30% within the city and up to 65% at the regional scale which may help explain the significant amount of modern carbon in the aerosols inside the city during low biomass burning periods. The anthropogenic emissions of isoprene and its nighttime oxidation by NO3 were also found to enhance the SOA mean concentrations within the city by an additional 15%. Our results confirm the large underestimation of the SOA production by traditional models in polluted regions (estimated as 10-20 tons within the Mexico City metropolitan area during the daily peak), and emphasize for the first time the role of biogenic precursors in this region, indicating that they cannot be neglected in urban modeling studies.

Hodzic, A.; Jimenez, J. L.; Madronich, S.; Aiken, A. C.; Bessagnet, B.; Curci, G.; Fast, J.; Lamarque, J.-F.; Onasch, T. B.; Roux, G.; Schauer, J. J.; Stone, E. A.; Ulbrich, I. M.

2009-09-01

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Aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene photooxidation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Transport of reactive air masses into humid and wet areas is highly frequent in the atmosphere, making the study of aqueous phase processing of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) very relevant. We have investigated the aqueous phase processing of SOA generated from gas-phase photooxidation of isoprene using a smog chamber. The SOA collected on filters was extracted by water and subsequently oxidized in the aqueous phase either by H2O2 under dark conditions or by OH radicals in the presence of light, using a photochemical reactor. Online and offline analytical techniques including SMPS, HR-AMS, H-TDMA, TD-API-AMS, were employed for physical and chemical characterization of the chamber SOA and nebulized filter extracts. After aqueous phase processing, the particles were significantly more hygroscopic, and HR-AMS data showed higher signal intensity at m/z 44 and a lower signal intensity at m/z 43, thus showing the impact of aqueous phase processing on SOA aging, in good agreement with a few previous studies. Additional offline measurement techniques (IC-MS, APCI-MS2 and HPLC-APCI-MS) permitted the identification and quantification of sixteen individual chemical compounds before and after aqueous phase processing. Among these compounds, small organic acids (including formic, glyoxylic, glycolic, butyric, oxalic and 2,3-dihydroxymethacrylic acid (i.e. 2-methylglyceric acid)) were detected, and their concentrations significantly increased after aqueous phase processing. In particular, the aqueous phase formation of 2-methylglyceric acid and trihydroxy-3-methylbutanal was correlated with the consumption of 2,3-dihydroxy-2-methyl-propanal, and 2-methylbutane-1,2,3,4-tetrol, respectively, and an aqueous phase mechanism was proposed accordingly. Overall, the aging effect observed here was rather small compared to previous studies, and this limited effect could possibly be explained by the lower liquid phase OH concentrations employed here, and/or the development of oligomers observed during aqueous phase processing.

Liu, Y.; Monod, A.; Tritscher, T.; Praplan, A. P.; DeCarlo, P. F.; Temime-Roussel, B.; Quivet, E.; Marchand, N.; Dommen, J.; Baltensperger, U.

2012-07-01

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Secondary organic aerosol yields of 12-carbon alkanes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yields were measured for cyclododecane, hexylcyclohexane, n-dodecane, and 2-methylundecane under high-NOx conditions, in which alkyl proxy radicals (RO2) react primarily with NO, and under low-NOx conditions, in which RO2 reacts primarily with HO2. Experiments were run until 95-100% of the initial alkane had reacted. Particle wall loss was evaluated as two limiting cases using a new approach that requires only suspended particle number-size distribution data and accounts for size-dependent particle wall losses and condensation. SOA yield differed by a factor of 2 between the two limiting cases, but the same trends among alkane precursors were observed for both limiting cases. Vapor-phase wall losses were addressed through a modeling study and increased SOA yield uncertainty by approximately 30%. SOA yields were highest from cyclododecane under both NOx conditions. SOA yields ranged from 3.3% (dodecane, low-NOx conditions) to 160% (cyclododecane, high-NOx conditions). Under high-NOx conditions, SOA yields increased from 2-methylundecane < dodecane ~ hexylcyclohexane < cyclododecane, consistent with previous studies. Under low-NOx conditions, SOA yields increased from 2-methylundecane ~ dodecane < hexylcyclohexane < cyclododecane. The presence of cyclization in the parent alkane structure increased SOA yields, whereas the presence of branch points decreased SOA yields due to increased vapor-phase fragmentation. Vapor-phase fragmentation was found to be more prevalent under high-NOx conditions than under low-NOx conditions. For different initial mixing ratios of the same alkane and same NOx conditions, SOA yield did not correlate with SOA mass throughout SOA growth, suggesting kinetically limited SOA growth for these systems.

Loza, C. L.; Craven, J. S.; Yee, L. D.; Coggon, M. M.; Schwantes, R. H.; Shiraiwa, M.; Zhang, X.; Schilling, K. A.; Ng, N. L.; Canagaratna, M. R.; Ziemann, P. J.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2014-02-01

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Modelling secondary organic aerosol in the United Kingdom  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Lagrangian atmospheric dispersion model, NAME, has been used to model the formation and transport of anthropogenic and biogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA) over North-West Europe in 2008. The model has been tested against daily organic carbon measurements at Harwell, a rural site in southern UK, where it was able to represent adequately the observed values in summer, with some under-prediction in winter. The model has been used to look at the contribution of SOA to total measured PM10 at four selected UK sites. The site with the greatest contribution (32%) of SOA to PM10 was Auchencorth, a rural site in Scotland and least (9%) at London Bloomsbury. The biogenic SOA (BSOA) dominated over the anthropogenic SOA (ASOA) in the UK and showed a strong seasonal cycle peaking in the summer. There was also a slight summer increase in ASOA. The model has been employed to provide source attribution between UK sources and sources in the rest of Europe. The contribution from Europe was generally small but varied considerably due to meteorology. The UK component showed a seasonal cycle, peaking in the summer months. On an annual basis, considering the four measurement sites, the percentage of SOA arriving from outside the UK was least at Auchencorth (9.8%) and most at London (28.4%). Total modelled SOA had a maximum contribution of 2-3 ?g m-3 as a monthly average. (It should be noted that in addition there will be a small contribution from background SOA to these figures.) Emission sensitivity studies revealed that the response of ASOA was highly non-linear, showing both positive and negative responses to a 30% reduction in all man-made NOx sources and the response was greater than 1:1 to a 30% reduction in all man-made VOC sources. BSOA showed only a small negative response to a 30% NOx reduction and no change to a 30% VOC reduction.

Redington, A. L.; Derwent, R. G.

2013-01-01

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Glyoxal: Effects of Seed Aerosol on Particle Composition  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Conventional models of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) production neglect aqueous-phase processing mechanisms, thereby excluding potentially important SOA formation pathways. These missing pathways may be an important factor in the inability of current models to fully explain SOA yields and oxidation states. Molecules identified as important precursors to SOA generated through aqueous-phase include glyoxal, which is an oxidation product of numerous organic gases. Glyoxal SOA formation experiments were conducted in the PSI smog chamber as a function of seed composition, relative humidity (RH, 60 to 85%), and the presence/absence of gaseous ammonia, affecting particle acidity. In a typical experiment, the chamber was filled with the selected seed aerosol (NaCl, (NH4)2SO4, NaNO3, or K2SO4), after which glyoxal was generated by the brief (i.e. a few minutes) exposure of acetylene to UV light. The experiment was then allowed to proceed undisturbed for several hours. Each experiment consisted of several UV exposures, followed by a dilution phase at constant RH to investigate the gas/particle partitioning behavior of the generated SOA. Gas-phase glyoxal was monitored by an LED-CE-DOAS system, while the particle composition was measured using online aerosol mass spectrometry (Aerodyne HR-ToF-AMS) and offline analysis of collected filter samples. SOA composition was observed to depend strongly on seed type, with increased imidazole formation evident during experiments with (NH4)2SO¬4 and K2SO4 seeds relative to those with NaCl and NaNO3. Additionally, experiments conducted in the presence of ammonia showed large enhancements in both imidazole content and total SOA yield. Analysis of mass spectral markers indicates reversible uptake of glyoxal but irreversible particle-phase production of the imidazole-containing SOA. Positive matrix factorization (PMF) using the Multilinear Engine (ME-2) was applied to the AMS mass spectral time series to quantify factors related to reaction progress and product formation (e.g. glyoxal and different types of irreversibly-generated SOA). We will discuss glyoxal SOA yields and product distributions in terms of seed composition and ammonia effects.

Slowik, Jay; Waxman, Eleanor; Coburn, Sean; Klein, Felix; Koenig, Theodore; Krapf, Manuel; Kumar, Nivedita; Wang, Siyuan; Baltensperger, Urs; Dommen, Josef; Prévôt, Andre; Volkamer, Rainer

2014-05-01

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Contribution of Primary and Secondary Sources to Organic Aerosol and PM2.5 at SEARCH Network Sites  

EPA Science Inventory

Chemical tracer methods for determining contributions to primary organic aerosol (POA) are fairly well established, whereas similar techniques for secondary organic aerosol (SOA), inherently complicated by time-dependent atmospheric processes, are only beginning to be studied. La...

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No evidence for acid-catalyzed secondary organic aerosol formation in power plant plumes over metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aircraft-based measurements of the water-soluble fraction of fine PM organic carbon (WSOC) and inorganic salt composition in the Atlanta, GA region were conducted in the summer of 2004. Five notable plumes of SO2, apparently from coal-fired power plants, were intercepted, and had NH4 +/SO4 2- molar ratios ranging from approximately 0.8 to 1.4 compared to molar ratios near 2 outside of the plumes. Sulfate aerosol concentrations increased from a regional background of 5-8 ?g m-3 to as high as 19.5 ?g m-3 within these plumes. No increase in WSOC concentrations was observed in plumes compared to out-of-plumes within a WSOC measurement uncertainty of 8%. These measurements suggest that secondary organic aerosol formation via heterogeneous acid-catalyzed reactions within power plant plumes are not likely a significant contributor to the ambient aerosol mass loading in Atlanta and the surrounding region. Because this region is rich in both biogenic and anthropogenic volatile organic carbon (VOC), the results may be widely applicable.

Peltier, R. E.; Sullivan, A. P.; Weber, R. J.; Wollny, A. G.; Holloway, J. S.; Brock, C. A.; de Gouw, J. A.; Atlas, E. L.

2007-03-01

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The influence of meteorology on the organic and inorganic properties of aerosols in Hong Kong  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The organic and inorganic species in total suspended particulates (TSP) collected from June to December in 1998 in Hong Kong were identified by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) and inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) to investigate the sources of Hong Kong aerosols and the mechanisms that control the chemical compositions and variations in the atmosphere. These samples were classified according to the climate: wet, dry under the influence of southerly winds from the sea (Dry-S) and dry under the influence of northerly winds from the continent (Dry-N). There were significant increases of materials from crustal, biogenic and pollution sources in the Dry-N period by a factor of 5, 4, and 2, respectively. Since the crustal tracers (e.g., Al, Fe) could be from coal flyash, the estimate of crustal material in the Dry-N period may include some materials from pollution source. Therefore, a positive correlation between crustal and pollution elements was observed. From the analysis of solvent-extractable organics (SEOC), microbial and meat cooking sources showed slight increase (1.2-fold). Higher levels of plant wax materials in the Dry-N period were probably due to the higher wind speed during the winter monsoon. The percentage of crustal material in TSP was 47% in the Dry-N period, and only 22% in the wet season and the Dry-S period. Plant wax materials (biogenic source) had a higher percentage in the Dry-N period (39% of SEOC) while microbial and meat cooking sources accounted for 49% of SEOC in the wet season. This study revealed that wind direction and precipitation had a significant influence not only on the concentrations but also on the chemical compositions and sources of Hong Kong aerosols.

Zheng, Mei; Guo, Zhigang; Fang, Ming; Kester, Dana R.

2007-06-01

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Deposition ice nucleation on fresh, cloud processed, internally mixed and oxidatively aged ?-pinene secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

There are many uncertainties related to role of organic aerosol (OA) as ice nuclei (IN). To that end, the ice nucleating abilities of fresh, cloud processed, internally mixed, and oxidatively aged secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles were investigated with the University of Toronto continuous flow diffusion chamber (UT-CFDC) at temperatures relevant for cirrus cloud formation. Our SOA particles were produced by ?-pinene ozonolysis which took place in a flow tube (FT) and a smog chamber (SC). The FT-SOA particles mimicked freshly formed particles while the water soluble organic compound (WSOC) experiments from both the flow tube (FT-WSOC-SOA) and the smog chamber (SC-WSOC-SOA) capture the character of aged and cloud processed SOA particles. The FT-SOA particles exhibited low ice nucleation efficiency, i.e. relative humidities with respect to ice (RHi) of 152×4% and 157×4% were required to activate 0.1% of the aerosol particles in deposition mode at 223K and 218K, respectively. Similarly, the IN efficiencies of the FT-WSOC-SOA and SC-WSOC-SOA particles were found to be comparably low between 233K and 214K. However, if both the FT-WSOC-SOA and the SC-WSOC-SOA particles were pre-cooled at 233K prior to entering the UT-CFDC they nucleate ice at between 6 to 9% lower relative humidities, probably due to decreased viscosity. We also observed that an increase in the oxygen to carbon ratio (from 0.39 to 0.78) of the SC-WSOC-SOA particles from aqueous oxidative processing did not modify IN abilities. Finally, given that SOA is commonly mixed with inorganic salts, especially when arising through cloud processing, it was found that internally mixed particles of SC-WSOC-SOA and ammonium sulfate (AS) had a significantly higher RHi (140×5% at 219K) than pure AS particles of the same size (125×4%). Overall conclusions are that SOA-containing particles may act as IN only in regions where more efficient are not present. The SOA component will serve to suppress the IN abilities of efficient IN when internally mixed.

Ladino Moreno, L.; Zhou, S.; Aljawhary, D.; Yakobi-Hancock, J.; Abbatt, J.

2013-12-01

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Analysis of the water-soluble organic content of submicron aerosols formed from the in-situ replication of marine bubble bursting processes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Both primary and secondary ocean-derived aerosols contribute significantly to the global aerosol population and thus to the Earth's radiative budget. Primary marine aerosols are generated from sea spray. These primary marine aerosols contain sea salt as well as organic and inorganic matter from ocean biota incorporated into the aerosol during bubble-bursting processes near the ocean's surface. Identifying and quantifying the

H. Dewitt; P. Quinn; T. S. Bates; D. J. Coffman; K. Schulz

2010-01-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation and source apportionment in Southeast Texas  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The latest version of US EPA's Community Multi-scale Air Quality (CMAQ v4.7) model with the most recent update on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation pathways was adapted into a source-oriented modeling framework to determine the contributions of different emission sources to SOA concentrations from a carbon source perspective in Southeast Texas during the 2000 Texas Air Quality Study (TexAQS 2000) from August 25 to September 5, 2000. A comparison of the VOC and SOA predictions with observations shows that anthropogenic emissions of long chain alkanes and aromatics are likely underestimated in the EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) inventory and the current SOA mechanism in CMAQ still under-predicts SOA. The peak SOA concentrations measured at La Porte are more accurately predicted by increasing the emissions of the anthropogenic SOA precursors by a factor of 5 although the overall precursor concentrations are better predicted by increasing the emissions by a factor of 2. A linear correlation between SOA and odd oxygen (?SOA/?O x = 23.0-28.4 ?g m -3/ppm O x) can be found when they are formed simultaneously in the air masses passing the urban Houston area on high SOA days. Based on the adjusted emissions (a factor of 2 increase in the alkane and aromatics precursor emissions), approximately 20% of the total SOA in the Houston-Galveston Bay area is due to anthropogenic sources. Solvent utilization and gasoline engines are the main anthropogenic sources. SOA from alkanes and aromatics accounts for approximately 2-4% and 5-9% of total SOA, respectively. The predicted overall anthropogenic SOA concentrations are not sensitive to the half-life time used to calculate the conversion rate of semi-volatile organic compounds to non-volatile oligomers in the particle phase. The main precursors of biogenic SOA are sesquiterpenes, which contribute to approximately 12-35% of total SOA. Monoterpenes contribute to 3-14% and isoprene accounts for approximately 6-9% of the total SOA. Oligomers from biogenic SOA account for approximately 30-58% of the total SOA, indicating that long range transport is an important source of SOA in this region.

Zhang, Hongliang; Ying, Qi

2011-06-01

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Photolytic processing of secondary organic aerosols dissolved in cloud droplets.  

PubMed

The effect of UV irradiation on the molecular composition of aqueous extracts of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) was investigated. SOA was prepared by the dark reaction of ozone and d-limonene at 0.05-1 ppm precursor concentrations and collected with a particle-into-liquid sampler (PILS). The PILS extracts were photolyzed by 300-400 nm radiation for up to 24 h. Water-soluble SOA constituents were analyzed using high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (HR-ESI-MS) at different stages of photolysis for all SOA precursor concentrations. Exposure to UV radiation increased the average O/C ratio and decreased the average double bond equivalent (DBE) of the dissolved SOA compounds. Oligomeric compounds were significantly decreased by photolysis relative to the monomeric compounds. Direct pH measurements showed that acidic compounds increased in abundance upon photolysis. Methanol reactivity analysis revealed significant photodissociation of molecules containing carbonyl groups and the formation of carboxylic acids. Aldehydes, such as limononaldehyde, were almost completely removed. The removal of carbonyls was further confirmed by the UV/Vis absorption spectroscopy of the SOA extracts where the absorbance in the carbonyl n??* band decreased significantly upon photolysis. The effective quantum yield (the number of carbonyls destroyed per photon absorbed) was estimated as ?0.03. The total concentration of peroxides did not change significantly during photolysis as quantified with an iodometric test. Although organic peroxides were photolyzed, the likely end products of photolysis were smaller peroxides, including hydrogen peroxide, resulting in a no net change in the peroxide content. Photolysis of dry limonene SOA deposited on substrates was investigated in a separate set of experiments. The observed effects on the average O/C and DBE were similar to the aqueous photolysis, but the extent of chemical change was smaller in dry SOA. Our results suggest that biogenic SOA dissolved in cloud and fog droplets will undergo significant photolytic processing on a time scale of hours to days. This type of photolytic processing may account for the discrepancy between the higher values of O/C measured in the field experiments relative to the laboratory measurements on SOA in smog chambers. In addition, the direct photolysis of oligomeric compounds may be responsible for the scarcity of their observation in the field. PMID:21617794

Bateman, Adam P; Nizkorodov, Sergey A; Laskin, Julia; Laskin, Alexander

2011-07-14

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from the Photooxidation of Naphthalene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are ubiquitous air pollutants that are released into the atmosphere as a by-product of combustion processes. The gas-phase PAHs can be chemically transformed via reaction with the hydroxyl radical to produce a range of oxidised organic compounds and other pollutants such as ozone and secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Epidemiological studies have established that exposure to this type of air pollution is associated with damaging effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and can lead to asthma, oxidative stress, health deterioration and even death. The major anthropogenic source of SOA in urban areas is believed to be aromatic hydrocarbons, which are present in automobile fuels and are used as solvents. As a result, research is currently being performed on the characterisation of SOA produced from aromatic hydrocarbons such as toluene, the xylenes and trimethylbenzenes. However, significant amounts of PAHs are also released into urban areas from automobile emissions and the combustion of fossil fuels for home heating. Naphthalene is regularly cited as the most abundant PAH in polluted urban air, with typical ambient air concentrations of 0.05 - 0.20 parts per billion (ppbV) in European cities, comparable to the xylenes. Since naphthalene reacts in an analogous manner to monocyclic aromatic compounds then it is also expected to make a significant contribution to ambient SOA. However, the yield and chemical composition of SOA produced from the atmospheric degradation of naphthalene is not well known. In this presentation, the effects of NOx level and relative humidity on the SOA formation from the phootooixdation of naphthalene will be presented. A series of experiments has been performed in a large atmospheric simulation chamber equipped with a gas chromatograph and analyzers for monitoring nitrogen oxides (NOx) and ozone. SOA formation from the photooxidation of naphthalene was measured using a scanning mobility particle sizer. The effect of NOx concentration on SOA formation was evaluated by varying the initial naphthalene and NOx concentrations. The results clearly show that a higher hydrocarbon to NOx ratio produces a higher yield of SOA. The SOA mass yields were also found to increase as the relative humidity was raised from 0 to 50%. A recently developed denuder-filter sampling technique was used to investigate the gas/particle partitioning behavior of the photooxidation products. This work is the first study of the formation of SOA from naphthalene and the results will be compared to those obtained from other aromatic compounds.

Zhou, S.; Chen, Y.; Wenger, J.

2009-04-01

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Computation of liquid-liquid equilibria and phase stabilities: implications for RH-dependent gas\\/particle partitioning of organic-inorganic aerosols  

Microsoft Academic Search

Abstract. Semivolatile organic and inorganic aerosol species partition between the gas and aerosol particle phases to maintain thermodynamic equilibrium. Liquid-liquid phase separation into an organic-rich and an aqueous electrolyte phase can occur in the aerosol as a result of the salting-out effect. Such liquid-liquid equilibria (LLE) affect the gas\\/particle partitioning of the different semivolatile compounds and might significantly alter both

A. Zuend; C. Marcolli; T. Peter; J. H. Seinfeld

2010-01-01

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Individual Aerosol Particles from Biomass Burning in Southern Africa Compositions and Aging of Inorganic Particles. 2; Compositions and Aging of Inorganic Particles  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Individual aerosol particles collected over southern Africa during the SAFARI 2000 field study were studied using transmission electron microscopy and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The sizes, shapes, compositions, mixing states, surface coatings, and relative abundances of aerosol particles from biomass burning, in boundary layer hazes, and in the free troposphere were compared, with emphasis on aging and reactions of inorganic smoke particles. Potassium salts and organic particles were the predominant species in the smoke, and most were internally mixed. More KCl particles occur in young smoke, whereas more K2SO4 and KNO3 particles were present in aged smoke. This change indicates that with the aging of the smoke, KCl particles from the fires were converted to K2SO4 and KNO3 through reactions with sulfur- and nitrogen- bearing species from biomass burning as well as other sources. More soot was present in smoke from flaming grass fires than bush and wood fires, probably due to the predominance of flaming combustion in grass fires. The high abundance of organic particles and soluble salts can affect the hygroscopic properties of biomass-burning aerosols and therefore influence their role as cloud condensation nuclei. Particles from biomass burning were important constituents of the regional hazes.

Li, Jia; Posfai, Mihaly; Hobbs, Peter V.; Buseck, Peter R.

2003-01-01

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Cloud condensation nuclei activation of monoterpene and sesquiterpene secondary organic aerosol  

Microsoft Academic Search

The ability of biogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA) to contribute to the concentration of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) in the atmosphere is examined. Aerosol is generated by the ozonolysis reaction of monoterpenes (alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, 3-carene, and limonene) and sesquiterpenes (beta-caryophyllene, alpha-humulene, and alpha-cedrene) in a 10 m3 temperature-controlled Teflon smog chamber. In some cases, a self-seeding technique is used, which

Kara E. Huff Hartz; Thomas Rosenørn; Shaun R. Ferchak; Timothy M. Raymond; Merete Bilde; Neil M. Donahue; Spyros N. Pandis

2005-01-01

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Absorption of Visible and Long-wave Radiation by Primary and Secondary Biogenic Aerosols.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Field results for the 14C content of carbonaceous aerosols are presented that indicate significant biogenic sources of both primary and secondary aerosols in urban and regional environments. Samples collected in Mexico City and downwind of the urban area during the MILAGRO field study are compared with results reported previously in the literature indicating a significant amount of biogenic aerosols from both biomass burning and secondary photochemical production (e.g. terpene oxidations) are contributing to the overall carbonaceous aerosols in the optically active region of 0.1 to 1.0 micron. Samples in this size range collected on quartz fiber filters were also examined using an integrating sphere and FTIR diffuse reflectance techniques to obtain absorption spectra from 280 to the mid-IR. These data clearly indicate that the biogenic derived primary aerosols from agricultural and trash-burning, as well as secondary organic aerosols from isoprene and terpene oxidations will produce both UV-Visible (short-wave) absorbing substances as well as IR (long-wave) absorbing compounds including humic-like-substances (HULIS). With the anticipated increases in growing seasons (i.e. earlier springs and longer summers) the likely hood of increased fires (forest and grassland) as well as the continuing growth in agricultural burning activities, these primary sources are expected to increase and may play a role in heating of the atmosphere. The compound effects of these primary and secondary biogenic sources of absorbing aerosols to the total aerosol loading and regional climate will be discussed. This work was supported by the Office of Science (BER), U.S. Department of Energy, Grant No. DE-FG02-07ER64328 as part of the Atmospheric Science Program.

Gaffney, J. S.; Marley, N. A.

2008-12-01

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Determination of the age distribution of primary and secondary aerosol species using a chemical transport model  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A computationally efficient scheme to allow tracking of aerosol species age as a function of space and time within a three-dimensional chemical transport model (CTM) has been developed. The aerosol age distribution is calculated by utilizing the Particulate Matter Source Apportionment Technology (PSAT) algorithm which allows the calculation of different source contributions to both primary and secondary particulate matter concentrations in the modeling domain. As an example, the aerosol age in the eastern United States, including both primary and secondary species, is examined using the regional CTM PMCAMx. The average calculated ages are on the order of a few days for particulate matter near the ground but are highly variable in space and time. Primary aerosol species had average ages of approximately 24 h over this polluted continental region while the average ages for secondary species were 48-72 h near the surface. As expected, the average age of all aerosol components increases vertically in the atmosphere. Age increases rapidly away from the sources of aerosol and its precursors, and for nonvolatile species it increases with particle size.

Wagstrom, Kristina M.; Pandis, Spyros N.

2009-07-01

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Effect of mineral dust on secondary organic aerosol yield and aerosol size in ?-pinene/NOx photo-oxidation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Although it is a significant contributor to atmospheric particles, the role of mineral dust in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation has not been fully recognized. In this study, alumina was chosen as the surrogate to investigate the effect of mineral dust on ?-pinene/NOx photo-oxidation in a 2 m3 smog chamber at 30 °C and 50% relative humidity (RH). Results showed that alumina seeds could influence both the SOA yield and the aerosol size in the photo-oxidation process. Compared to the seed-free system, the presence of alumina seeds resulted in a slight reduction of SOA yield, and also influenced the final concentration of O3 in the chamber. As an important oxidant of ?-pinene, the decrease in O3 concentration could reduce the formation of semi-volatile compounds (SVOCs) and consequently inhibited SOA formation. In addition, the size of aerosol was closely related with the mass loading of alumina seeds. At low alumina concentration, SVOCs condensed onto the pre-existing seed surface and led to aerosol size growth. When alumina concentration exceeded about 5 ?g m?3, SVOC species that condensed to each seed particle were dispersed by alumina seeds, resulting in the decrease in aerosol size.

Liu, Chang; Chu, Biwu; Liu, Yongchun; Ma, Qingxin; Ma, Jinzhu; He, Hong; Li, Junhua; Hao, Jiming

2013-10-01

137

Widening the gap between measurement and modelling of secondary organic aerosol properties?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The link between measured sub-saturated hygroscopicity and cloud activation potential of secondary organic aerosol particles produced by the chamber photo-oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence or absence of ammonium sulphate seed aerosol was investigated using two models of varying complexity. A simple single hygroscopicity parameter model and a more complex model (incorporating surface effects) were used to assess the detail required to predict the cloud condensation nucleus (CCN) activity from the sub-saturated water uptake. Sub-saturated water uptake measured by three hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyser (HTDMA) instruments was used to determine the water activity for use in the models. The predicted CCN activity was compared to the measured CCN activation potential using a continuous flow CCN counter. Reconciliation using the more complex model formulation with measured cloud activation could be achieved widely different assumed surface tension behavior of the growing droplet; this was entirely determined by the instrument used as the source of water activity data. This unreliable derivation of the water activity as a function of solute concentration from sub-saturated hygroscopicity data indicates a limitation in the use of such data in predicting cloud condensation nucleus behavior of particles with a significant organic fraction. Similarly, the ability of the simpler single parameter model to predict cloud activation behaviour was dependent on the instrument used to measure sub-saturated hygroscopicity and the relative humidity used to provide the model input. However, agreement was observed for inorganic salt solution particles, which were measured by all instruments in agreement with theory. The difference in HTDMA data from validated and extensively used instruments means that it cannot be stated with certainty the detail required to predict the CCN activity from sub-saturated hygroscopicity. In order to narrow the gap between measurements of hygroscopic growth and CCN activity the processes involved must be understood and the instrumentation extensively quality assured. It is impossible to say from the results presented here due to the differences in HTDMA data whether: i) Surface tension suppression occurs ii) Bulk to surface partitioning is important iii) The water activity coefficient changes significantly as a function of the solute concentration.

Good, N.; Topping, D. O.; Duplissy, J.; Gysel, M.; Meyer, N. K.; Metzger, A.; Turner, S. F.; Baltensperger, U.; Ristovski, Z.; Weingartner, E.; Coe, H.; McFiggans, G.

2010-03-01

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Widening the gap between measurement and modelling of secondary organic aerosol properties?  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The link between measured sub-saturated hygroscopicity and cloud activation potential of secondary organic aerosol particles produced by the chamber photo-oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence or absence of ammonium sulphate seed aerosol was investigated using two models of varying complexity. A simple single hygroscopicity parameter model and a more complex model (incorporating surface effects) were used to assess the detail required to predict the cloud condensation nucleus (CCN) activity from the sub-saturated water uptake. Sub-saturated water uptake measured by three hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyser (HTDMA) instruments was used to determine the water activity for use in the models. The predicted CCN activity was compared to the measured CCN activation potential using a continuous flow CCN counter. Reconciliation using the more complex model formulation with measured cloud activation required widely different assumed surface tension behavior of the growing droplet; this was entirely determined by the instrument used as the source of water activity data. This unreliable derivation of the water activity as a function of solute concentration from sub-saturated hygroscopicity data indicates a limitation in the use of such data in predicting cloud condensation nucleus behavior of particles with a significant organic fraction. Similarly, the ability of the simpler single parameter model to predict cloud activation behaviour was dependent on the instrument used to measure sub-saturated hygroscopicity and the relative humidity used to provide the model input. However, agreement was observed for inorganic salt solution particles, which were measured by all instruments in agreement with theory. The difference in HTDMA data from proven instruments means that it cannot be stated with certainty the detail required to predict the CCN activity from sub-saturated hygroscopicity. In order to narrow the gap between measurements of hygroscopic growth and CCN activity the processes involved must be understood. It is impossible to say from the results presented here whether: i) Surface tension suppression occurs ii) Bulk to surface partitioning is important iii) The water activity coefficient changes significantly as a function of the solute concentration.

Good, N.; Topping, D. O.; Duplissy, J.; Gysel, M.; Meyer, N. K.; Metzger, A.; Turner, S. F.; Baltensperger, U.; Ristovski, Z.; Weingartner, E.; Coe, H.; McFiggans, G.

2009-10-01

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Glyoxal processing outside clouds: towards a kinetic modeling framework of secondary organic aerosol formation in aqueous particles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study presents a modeling framework based on laboratory data to describe the kinetics of glyoxal reactions in aqueous aerosol particles that form secondary organic aerosol (SOA). Recent laboratory results on glyoxal reactions are reviewed and a consistent set of reaction rate constants is derived that captures the kinetics of glyoxal hydration and subsequent reversible and irreversible reactions in aqueous inorganic and water-soluble organic aerosol seeds to form (a) oligomers, (b) nitrogen-containing products, (c) photochemical oxidation products with high molecular weight. These additional aqueous phase processes enhance the SOA formation rate in particles compared to cloud droplets and yield two to three orders of magnitude more SOA than predicted based on reaction schemes for dilute aqueous phase (cloud) chemistry. The application of this new module in a chemical box model demonstrates that both the time scale to reach aqueous phase equilibria and the choice of rate constants of irreversible reactions have a pronounced effect on the atmospheric relevance of SOA formation from glyoxal. During day time a photochemical (most likely radical-initiated) process is the major SOA formation pathway forming ~5 ?g m-3 SOA over 12 h (assuming a constant glyoxal mixing ratio of 300 ppt). During night time, reactions of nitrogen-containing compounds (ammonium, amines, amino acids) contribute most to the predicted SOA mass; however, the absolute predicted SOA masses are reduced by an order of magnitude as compared to day time production. The contribution of the ammonium reaction significantly increases in moderately acidic or neutral particles (5aerosol, (4) particle surface composition, and (5) particle liquid water content that is mostly determined by the amount and hygroscopicity of aerosol mass and to a lesser extent by the ambient relative humidity. Glyoxal serves as an example molecule, and the conclusions about SOA formation in aqueous particles can serve for comparative studies also of other molecules that form SOA as the result of multiphase chemical processing in aerosol water. This SOA source is currently underrepresented in atmospheric models; if included it is likely to bring SOA predictions (mass and O/C ratio) into better agreement with field observations.

Ervens, B.; Volkamer, R.

2010-05-01

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Physico-chemical properties of aerosols in Sao Paulo, Brazil and mechanisms of secondary organic aerosol formation.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Megacities emissions are increasingly becoming a global issue, where emissions from the transportation sector play an increasingly important role. Sao Paulo is a megacity with a population of about 18 million people, 7 million cars and large-scale industrial emissions. As a result of the vehicular and industrial emissions, the air quality in Sao Paulo is bellow WMO standards for aerosol particles and ozone. Many uncertainties are found on gas- and particulate matter vehicular emission factors and their following atmospheric processes, e.g. secondary organic aerosol formation. Due to the uniqueness of the vehicular fuel in Brazil, largely based on ethanol use, such characterization currently holds further uncertainties. To improve the understanding of the role of this unique emission characteristics, we are running a source apportionment study in Sao Paulo focused on the mechanisms of organic aerosol formation. One of the goals of this study is a quantitative aerosol source apportionment focused on vehicular emissions, including ethanol and gasohol (both fuels used by light-duty vehicles). This study comprises four sampling sites with continuous measurements for one year, where trace elements and organic aerosol are being measured for PM2.5 and PM10 along with real-time NOx, O3, PM10 and CO measurements. Aerosol optical properties and size distribution are being measured on a rotation basis between sampling stations. Furthermore, a Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass Spectrometer (PTR-MS) and an Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) are used to measure in real time VOCs and aerosol composition, respectively. Trace elements were measured using XRF and OC/EC analysis was determined with a Sunset OC/EC instrument. A TSI Nephelometer with 3 wavelengths measure light scattering and a MAAP measure black carbon. Results show aerosol number concentrations ranging between 10,000 and 35,000 cm-3, mostly concentrated in the nucleation and Aitken modes, with a peak in size at 80-120 nm. Average mass concentrations were measured at 11.5 ug/m3 and 30.7 ug/m3 for fine and coarse mode, respectively. The elemental analysis shows that Fe, Si and Al dominate the coarse mode indicating strong contribution from soil dust resuspension whereas sulfur dominates the fine mode (0.8 micrograms/m3). Scattering coefficients typically range between 20 and 150 Mm-1 at 637 nm, and absorption varied between 10 to 60 Mm-1 at 637 nm, respectively, both of them peaking at 7:00 local time, the morning rush hour. The corresponding single scattering albedo varies between 0.50 and 0.80, indicating a significant contribution of primary soot particles to the aerosol population. Organic aerosol accounts for 70% of the aerosol mass, with nitrates accounting for 11.7%, ammonia 8.4%, sulfate 8.2% and chlorine 1.6% pf PM1 measured by AMS techniques. Most of the organic aerosol were oxygenated. Several new particle formation events were observed, with a clear increase in organic aerosol and VOCs amounts associated with new particle formation. The study allows the characterization of a unique fueled fleet emissions and its impact on atmospheric chemistry, particle formation and other atmospheric dynamic processes. This work was funded by Petrobras S/A

Artaxo, Paulo; Ferreira de Brito, Joel; Varanda Rizzo, Luciana; Luiza Godoy, Maria; Godoy, Jose Marcus

2013-04-01

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Formation of Secondary Organic Aerosols Through Photooxidation of Isoprene  

Microsoft Academic Search

Detailed organic analysis of natural aerosols from the Amazonian rain forest showed considerable quantities of previously unobserved polar organic compounds, which were identified as a mixture of two diastereoisomeric 2-methyltetrols: 2-methylthreitol and 2-methylerythritol. These polyols, which have the isoprene skeleton, can be explained by OH radical-initiated photooxidation of isoprene. They have low vapor pressure, allowing them to condense onto preexisting

Magda Claeys; Bim Graham; Gyorgy Vas; Wu Wang; Reinhilde Vermeylen; Vlada Pashynska; Jan Cafmeyer; Pascal Guyon; Meinrat O. Andreae; Paulo Artaxo; Willy Maenhaut

2004-01-01

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Characterizing the formation of organic layers on the surface of inorganic/aqueous aerosols by Raman spectroscopy.  

PubMed

We demonstrate that nonlinear Raman spectroscopy coupled with aerosol optical tweezers can be used to probe the evolving phase partitioning in mixed organic/inorganic/aqueous aerosol droplets that adopt a core-shell structure in which the aqueous phase is coated in an organic layer. Specifically, we demonstrate that the characteristic fingerprint of wavelengths at which stimulated Raman scattering is observed can be used to assess the phase behavior of multiphase decane/aqueous sodium chloride droplets. Decane is observed to form a layer on the surface of the core aqueous droplet, and from the spectroscopic signature the aqueous core size can be determined with nanometer accuracy and the thickness of the decane layer with an accuracy of +/-8 nm. Further, the presence of the organic layer is observed to reduce the rate at which water evaporates from the core of the droplet with an increasing rate of evaporation observed with diminishing layer thickness. PMID:17958403

Buajarern, Jariya; Mitchem, Laura; Reid, Jonathan P

2007-11-22

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Elucidating secondary organic aerosol from diesel and gasoline vehicles through detailed characterization of organic carbon emissions  

PubMed Central

Emissions from gasoline and diesel vehicles are predominant anthropogenic sources of reactive gas-phase organic carbon and key precursors to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in urban areas. Their relative importance for aerosol formation is a controversial issue with implications for air quality control policy and public health. We characterize the chemical composition, mass distribution, and organic aerosol formation potential of emissions from gasoline and diesel vehicles, and find diesel exhaust is seven times more efficient at forming aerosol than gasoline exhaust. However, both sources are important for air quality; depending on a region’s fuel use, diesel is responsible for 65% to 90% of vehicular-derived SOA, with substantial contributions from aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. Including these insights on source characterization and SOA formation will improve regional pollution control policies, fuel regulations, and methodologies for future measurement, laboratory, and modeling studies.

Gentner, Drew R.; Isaacman, Gabriel; Worton, David R.; Chan, Arthur W. H.; Dallmann, Timothy R.; Davis, Laura; Liu, Shang; Day, Douglas A.; Russell, Lynn M.; Wilson, Kevin R.; Weber, Robin; Guha, Abhinav; Harley, Robert A.; Goldstein, Allen H.

2012-01-01

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ß-CARYOPHYLLINIC ACID: AN ATMOSPHERIC TRACER FOR ß-CARYOPHYLLENE SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOL  

EPA Science Inventory

The chemical compositions of ambient PM2.5 samples, collected in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA, and a sample of secondary organic aerosol, formed by irradiating a mixture of the sesquiterpene, ß-caryophyllene, and oxides of nitrogen in a smog chamber, wer...

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Secondary organic aerosol formation of relevance to the marine boundary layer  

Microsoft Academic Search

The chlorine atom (Cl) is a potential oxidant of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere and is hypothesized to lead to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in coastal areas. The purpose of this dissertation is to test this hypothesis and quantify the SOA formation potentials of some representative biogenic and anthropogenic hydrocarbons when oxidized by Cl in laboratory chamber

Xuyi Cai

2008-01-01

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Secondary aerosol formation from the oxidation of biogenic hydrocarbons by chlorine atoms  

Microsoft Academic Search

The chlorine atom (Cl) is a potential oxidant of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the atmosphere and is hypothesized to lead to secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in coastal and industrialized areas. The purpose of this paper is to test this hypothesis and to quantify the SOA formation potentials of the common monoterpenes ?-pinene, ?-pinene, and d-limonene when oxidized by

Xuyi Cai; Robert J. Griffin

2006-01-01

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Investigating the use of secondary organic aerosol as seed particles in simulation chamber experiments  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The use of ?-caryophyllene secondary organic aerosol particles as seeds for smog chamber simulations has been investigated. A series of experiments were carried out in the Manchester photochemical chamber as part of the Aerosol Coupling in the Earth System (ACES) project to study the effect of seed particles on the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from limonene photo-oxidation. Rather than use a conventional seed aerosol containing ammonium sulphate or diesel particles, a method was developed to use in situ chamber generated seed particles from ?-caryophyllene photo-oxidation, which were then diluted to a desired mass loading (in this case 4-13 ?g m-3). Limonene was then introduced into the chamber and oxidised, with the formation of SOA seen as a growth in the size of oxidised organic seed particles from 150 to 325 nm mean diameter. The effect of the partitioning of limonene oxidation products onto the seed aerosol was assessed using aerosol mass spectrometry during the experiment and the percentage of m/z 44, an indicator of degree of oxidation, increased from around 5 to 8%. The hygroscopicity of the aerosol also changed, with the growth factor for 200 nm particles increasing from less than 1.05 to 1.25 at 90% RH. The detailed chemical composition of the limonene SOA could be extracted from the complex ?-caryophyllene matrix using two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC×GC) and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. High resolution Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FTICR-MS) was used to determine exact molecular formulae of the seed and the limonene modified aerosol. The average O:C ratio was seen to increase from 0.32 to 0.37 after limonene oxidation products had condensed onto the organic seed.

Hamilton, J. F.; Rami Alfarra, M.; Wyche, K. P.; Ward, M. W.; Lewis, A. C.; McFiggans, G. B.; Good, N.; Monks, P. S.; Carr, T.; White, I. R.; Purvis, R. P.

2010-10-01

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Investigating the use of secondary organic aerosol as seed particles in simulation chamber experiments  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The use of ?-caryophyllene secondary organic aerosol particles as seeds for smog chamber simulations has been investigated. A series of experiments were carried out in the Manchester photochemical chamber as part of the Aerosol Coupling in the Earth System (ACES) project to study the effect of seed particles on the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from limonene photo-oxidation. Rather than use a conventional seed aerosol containing ammonium sulfate or diesel particles, a method was developed to use in-situ chamber generated seed particles from ?-caryophyllene photo-oxidation, which were then diluted to a desired mass loading (in this case 4-13 ?g m-3). Limonene was then introduced into the chamber and oxidised, with the formation of SOA seen as a growth in the size of oxidised organic seed particles from 150 to 325 nm mean diameter. The effect of the partitioning of limonene oxidation products onto the seed aerosol was assessed using aerosol mass spectrometry during the experiment and the percentage of m/z 44, an indicator of degree of oxidation, increased from around 5 to 8 %. The hygroscopicity of the aerosol also changed, with the growth factor for 200 nm particles increasing from less than 1.05 to 1.25 at 90 % RH. The detailed chemical composition of the limonene SOA could be extracted from the complex ?-caryophyllene matrix using two-dimensional gas chromatography (GC × GC) and liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. High resolution Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry (FTICR-MS) was used to determine exact molecular formulae of the seed and the limonene modified aerosol. The average O:C ratio was seen to increase from 0.32 to 0.37 after limonene oxidation products had condensed onto the organic seed.

Hamilton, J. F.; Rami Alfarra, M.; Wyche, K. P.; Ward, M. W.; Lewis, A. C.; McFiggans, G. B.; Good, N.; Monks, P. S.; Carr, T.; White, I. R.; Purvis, R. M.

2011-06-01

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Primary and secondary organics in the tropical Amazonian rainforest aerosols: chiral analysis of 2-methyltetraols.  

PubMed

This work presents the application of a new method to facilitate the distinction between biologically produced (primary) and atmospherically produced (secondary) organic compounds in ambient aerosols based on their chirality. The compounds chosen for this analysis were the stereomers of 2-methyltetraols, (2R,3S)- and (2S,3R)-methylerythritol, (l- and d-form, respectively), and (2S,3S)- and (2R,3R)-methylthreitol (l- and d-form), shown previously to display some enantiomeric excesses in atmospheric aerosols, thus to have at least a partial biological origin. In this work PM10 aerosol fractions were collected in a remote tropical rainforest environment near Manaus, Brazil, between June 2008 and June 2009 and analysed. Both 2-methylerythritol and 2-methylthreitol displayed a net excess of one enantiomer (either the l- or the d-form) in 60 to 72% of these samples. These net enantiomeric excesses corresponded to compounds entirely biological but accounted for only about 5% of the total 2-methyltetrol mass in all the samples. Further analysis showed that, in addition, a large mass of the racemic fractions (equal mixtures of d- and l-forms) was also biological. Estimating the contribution of secondary reactions from the isomeric ratios measured in the samples (=ratios 2-methylthreitol over 2-methylerythritol), the mass fraction of secondary methyltetrols in these samples was estimated to a maximum of 31% and their primary fraction to a minimum of 69%. Such large primary fractions could have been expected in PM10 aerosols, largely influenced by biological emissions, and would now need to be investigated in finer aerosols. This work demonstrates the effectiveness of chiral and isomeric analyses as the first direct tool to assess the primary and secondary fractions of organic aerosols. PMID:24777436

González, N J D; Borg-Karlson, A-K; Artaxo, P; Guenther, A; Krejci, R; Nozière, B; Noone, K

2014-05-28

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Simulating Inorganic Aerosol Components Using ISORROPIA II in a Chemical Transport Model (PMCAMx) - Evaluation for the MILAGRO Campaign 2006 in Mexico City  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Aerosols have a significant role in the atmosphere having adverse impacts on human health and directly affecting air quality, visibility and climate change. One of the most challenging tasks for the available models is the prediction of the partitioning of the semivolatile inorganic aerosol components (ammonia, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid, etc) between the gas and aerosol phases. Moreover, the effects of mineral aerosols in the atmosphere remain largely unquantified. As a result, most current models have serious difficulties in reproducing the observed particulate nitrate and chloride concentrations. The aerosol thermodynamic model ISORROPIA has been improved as it now simulates explicitly the chemistry of Ca, Mg, and K salts and is linked to PMCAMx (Gaydos et al., 2007). PMCAMx also includes the inorganic aerosol growth module (Gaydos et al., 2003; Koo et al., 2003a) and the aqueous-phase chemistry module (Fahey and Pandis, 2001). The hybrid approach (Koo et al., 2003b) for modeling aerosol dynamics is applied in order to accurately simulate the inorganic components in coarse mode. This approach assumes that the smallest particles are in equilibrium while the condensation/evaporation equation is solved for the larger ones. PMCAMx is applied in Mexico City Metropolitan Area (MCMA) covering a 180x180x6 km region. The emission inventory used has as a starting point the MCMA 2004 official emissions inventory (CAM, 2006) and includes more accurate dust and NaCl emissions. The March 2006 dataset (MILAGRO Campaign) is used to evaluate the inorganic aerosol module of PMCAMx in order to test our understanding of aerosol thermodynamics and the equilibrium assumption. Gaydos, T., Pinder, R., Koo, B., Fahey, ?., Yarwood, G., and Pandis, S. N., (2007). Development and application of a three-dimensional Chemical Transport Model, PMCAMx. Atmospheric Environment, 41, 2594- 2611. Gaydos, T., Koo, B., and Pandis, S. N., (2003). Development and application of an efficient moving sectional approach for the solution of the atmospheric aerosol condensation/evaporation equations. Atmospheric Environment, 37, 3303-3316. Fahey, K. and Pandis, S. N., (2001). Optimizing model performance: variable size resolution in cloud chemistry modelling. Atmospheric Environment 35, 4471-4478. Koo, B., Pandis S. N., and Ansari, A. (2003a). Integrated approaches to modelling the organic and inorganic atmospheric aerosol components. Atmospheric Environment, 37, 4757-4768. Koo, B., Gaydos, T.M., Pandis, S.N., (2003b). Evaluation of the equilibrium, hybrid, and dynamic aerosol modeling approaches. Aerosol Science and Technology 37, 53-64.

Karydis, V. A.; Tsimpidi, A. P.; Nenes, A.; Pandis, S. N.; Zavala, M.; Lei, W.; Molina, L. T.

2007-12-01

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Light-absorbing soluble organic aerosol in Los Angeles and Atlanta: A contrast in secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Light absorption spectra and carbon mass of fine particle water-soluble components were measured during the summer of 2010 in the Los Angeles (LA) basin, California, and Atlanta, Georgia. Fresh LA secondary organic carbon had a consistent brown color and a bulk absorption per soluble carbon mass at 365 nm that was 4 to 6 times higher than freshly-formed Atlanta soluble organic carbon. Radiocarbon measurements of filter samples show that LA secondary organic aerosol (SOA) was mainly from fossil carbon and chemical analysis of aqueous filter extracts identified nitro-aromatics as one component of LA brown SOA. Interpreting soluble brown carbon as a property of freshly-formed anthropogenic SOA, the difference in absorption per carbon mass between these two cities suggests most fresh secondary water-soluble organic carbon formed within Atlanta is not from an anthropogenic process similar to LA. Contrasting emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds may account for these differences.

Zhang, Xiaolu; Lin, Ying-Hsuan; Surratt, Jason D.; Zotter, Peter; Prévôt, Andre S. H.; Weber, Rodney J.

2011-11-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation through fog processing of VOCs  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) including benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes (BTEX) have been determined in highly concentrated amounts (>1 ug/L) in intercepted clouds in northern Arizona (USA). These VOCs are found in concentrations much higher than predicted by partitioning alone. The reactivity of BTEX in the fog/cloud aqueous phase was investigated through laboratory studies. BTEX species showed fast degradation in the aqueous phase in the presence of peroxides and light. Observed half-lives ranged from three and six hours, substantially shorter than the respective gas phase half-lives (several days). The observed reaction rates were on the order of 1 ppb/min but decreased substantially with increasing concentrations of organic matter (TOC). The products of BTEX oxidation reactions were analyzed using HPLC-UV and LCMS. The first generation of products identified included phenol and cresols which correspond to the hydroxyl-addition reaction to benzene and toluene. Upon investigating of multi-generational products, smaller, less volatile species are predominant although a large variety of products is found. Most reaction products have substantially lower vapor pressure and will remain in the particle phase upon droplet evaporation. The SOA generation potential of cloud and fog processing of BTEX was evaluated using simple calculations and showed that in ideal situations these reactions could add up to 9% of the ambient aerosol mass. In more conservative scenarios, the contribution of the processing of BTEX was around 1% of ambient aerosol concentrations. Overall, cloud processing of VOC has the potential to contribute to the atmospheric aerosol mass. However, the contribution will depend upon many factors such as the irradiation, organic matter content in the droplets and droplet lifetime.

Herckes, P.; Hutchings, J. W.

2010-07-01

153

Individual aerosol particles from biomass burning in southern Africa: 2, Compositions and aging of inorganic particles  

Microsoft Academic Search

(1) Individual aerosol particles collected over southern Africa during the SAFARI 2000 field study were studied using transmission electron microscopy and field-emission scanning electron microscopy. The sizes, shapes, compositions, mixing states, surface coatings, and relative abundances of aerosol particles from biomass burning, in boundary layer hazes, and in the free troposphere were compared, with emphasis on aging and reactions of

Jia Li; Mihaly Posfai; Peter V. Hobbs; Peter R. Buseck

2003-01-01

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FORMATION MECHANISMS FOR SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOL IN AMBIENT AIR  

EPA Science Inventory

An laboratory and field research program is underway at the NERL to characterize secondary organic carbon in PM2.5 which is formed through chemical reactions in the atmosphere. Information from this study will provide critical data needed to improve the treatment of SO...

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Secondary organic aerosol formation from biomass burning intermediates: phenol and methoxyphenols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The formation of secondary organic aerosol from oxidation of phenol, guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol), and syringol (2,6-dimethoxyphenol), major components of biomass burning, is described. Photooxidation experiments were conducted in the Caltech laboratory chambers under low-NOx (<10 ppb) conditions using H2O2 as the OH source. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yields (ratio of mass of SOA formed to mass of primary organic reacted) greater than 25% are observed. Aerosol growth is rapid and linear with the primary organic conversion, consistent with the formation of essentially non-volatile products. Gas- and aerosol-phase oxidation products from the guaiacol system provide insight into the chemical mechanisms responsible for SOA formation. Syringol SOA yields are lower than those of phenol and guaiacol, likely due to novel methoxy group chemistry that leads to early fragmentation in the gas-phase photooxidation. Atomic oxygen to carbon (O:C) ratios calculated from high-resolution-time-of-flight Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) measurements of the SOA in all three systems are ~0.9, which represent among the highest such ratios achieved in laboratory chamber experiments and are similar to that of aged atmospheric organic aerosol. The global contribution of SOA from intermediate volatility and semivolatile organic compounds has been shown to be substantial (Pye and Seinfeld, 2010). An approach to representing SOA formation from biomass burning emissions in atmospheric models could involve one or more surrogate species for which aerosol formation under well-controlled conditions has been quantified. The present work provides data for such an approach.

Yee, L. D.; Kautzman, K. E.; Loza, C. L.; Schilling, K. A.; Coggon, M. M.; Chhabra, P. S.; Chan, M. N.; Chan, A. W. H.; Hersey, S. P.; Crounse, J. D.; Wennberg, P. O.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2013-02-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation from biomass burning intermediates: phenol and methoxyphenols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The formation of secondary organic aerosol from oxidation of phenol, guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol), and syringol (2,6-dimethoxyphenol), major components of biomass burning, is described. Photooxidation experiments were conducted in the Caltech laboratory chambers under low-NOx (< 10 ppb) conditions using H2O2 as the OH source. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yields (ratio of mass of SOA formed to mass of primary organic reacted) greater than 25% are observed. Aerosol growth is rapid and linear with the primary organic conversion, consistent with the formation of essentially non-volatile products. Gas- and aerosol-phase oxidation products from the guaiacol system provide insight into the chemical mechanisms responsible for SOA formation. Syringol SOA yields are lower than those of phenol and guaiacol, likely due to novel methoxy group chemistry that leads to early fragmentation in the gas-phase photooxidation. Atomic oxygen to carbon (O : C) ratios calculated from high-resolution-time-of-flight Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) measurements of the SOA in all three systems are ~ 0.9, which represent among the highest such ratios achieved in laboratory chamber experiments and are similar to that of aged atmospheric organic aerosol. The global contribution of SOA from intermediate volatility and semivolatile organic compounds has been shown to be substantial (Pye and Seinfeld, 2010). An approach to representing SOA formation from biomass burning emissions in atmospheric models could involve one or more surrogate species for which aerosol formation under well-controlled conditions has been quantified. The present work provides data for such an approach.

Yee, L. D.; Kautzman, K. E.; Loza, C. L.; Schilling, K. A.; Coggon, M. M.; Chhabra, P. S.; Chan, M. N.; Chan, A. W. H.; Hersey, S. P.; Crounse, J. D.; Wennberg, P. O.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2013-08-01

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Mitigating secondary aerosol generation potentials from biofuel use in the energy sector.  

PubMed

This paper demonstrates secondary aerosol generation potential of biofuel use in the energy sector from the photochemical interactions of precursor gases on a life cycle basis. The paper is divided into two parts-first, employing life cycle analysis (LCA) to evaluate the extent of the problem for a typical biofuel based electricity production system using five baseline scenarios; second, proposing adequate mitigation options to minimise the secondary aerosol generation potential on a life cycle basis. The baseline scenarios cover representative technologies for 2010 utilising energy crop (miscanthus), short rotation coppiced chips and residual/waste wood in different proportions. The proposed mitigation options include three approaches-biomass gasification prior to combustion, delaying the harvest of biomass, and increasing the geographical distance between the biomass plant and the harvest site (by importing the biofuels). Preliminary results indicate that the baseline scenarios (assuming all the biomass is sourced locally) bear significant secondary aerosol formation potential on a life cycle basis from photochemical neutralisation of acidic emissions (hydrogen chloride and sulphur dioxide) with ammonia. Our results suggest that gasification of miscanthus biomass would provide the best option by minimising the acidic emissions from the combustion plant whereas the other two options of delaying the harvest or importing biofuels from elsewhere would only lead to marginal reduction in the life cycle aerosol loadings of the systems. PMID:19878969

Tiwary, Abhishek; Colls, Jeremy

2010-01-01

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Simulating the formation of semivolatile primary and secondary organic aerosol in a regional chemical transport model.  

PubMed

Recent developments in our understanding of atmospheric organic particulate matter formation have been used to develop a state-of-the-art organic aerosol module for regional chemical transport models (CTMs). The module has been added to the regional CTM, PMCAMx, and has been evaluated against observations in the eastern U.S. The new module uses the volatility basis set framework to simulate primary organic aerosol (POA) partitioning between the gas and particulate phases and the gas-phase oxidation of the corresponding vapors. The formation and chemical aging of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) are modeled using the same volatility distribution approach. The module uses recent results from smog chamber studies for the formation of SOA from anthropogenic and biogenic hydrocarbons. Hourly organic aerosol predictions are evaluated using data from the Pittsburgh Air Quality Study (PAQS), and daily averaged predictions for July 2001 are compared to ambient measurements from the EPA Speciated Trends Network (STN) and the Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE). The model reproduces both the absolute organic aerosol concentrations in urban and rural locations as well as the high degree of oxidation of these compounds. The chemical aging of anthropogenic SOA is consistent with the ambient organic aerosol concentration field and has a significant impact on the absolute ground-level concentrations of these compounds. PMID:19673257

Murphy, Benjamin N; Pandis, Spyros N

2009-07-01

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Aging of biogenic secondary organic aerosol via gas-phase OH radical reactions.  

PubMed

The Multiple Chamber Aerosol Chemical Aging Study (MUCHACHAS) tested the hypothesis that hydroxyl radical (OH) aging significantly increases the concentration of first-generation biogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA). OH is the dominant atmospheric oxidant, and MUCHACHAS employed environmental chambers of very different designs, using multiple OH sources to explore a range of chemical conditions and potential sources of systematic error. We isolated the effect of OH aging, confirming our hypothesis while observing corresponding changes in SOA properties. The mass increases are consistent with an existing gap between global SOA sources and those predicted in models, and can be described by a mechanism suitable for implementation in those models. PMID:22869714

Donahue, Neil M; Henry, Kaytlin M; Mentel, Thomas F; Kiendler-Scharr, Astrid; Spindler, Christian; Bohn, Birger; Brauers, Theo; Dorn, Hans P; Fuchs, Hendrik; Tillmann, Ralf; Wahner, Andreas; Saathoff, Harald; Naumann, Karl-Heinz; Möhler, Ottmar; Leisner, Thomas; Müller, Lars; Reinnig, Marc-Christopher; Hoffmann, Thorsten; Salo, Kent; Hallquist, Mattias; Frosch, Mia; Bilde, Merete; Tritscher, Torsten; Barmet, Peter; Praplan, Arnaud P; DeCarlo, Peter F; Dommen, Josef; Prévôt, Andre S H; Baltensperger, Urs

2012-08-21

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The pH-dependent leaching of inorganic contaminants from secondary lead smelter fly ash.  

PubMed

The leaching behaviour of fly ash (FA) from a secondary Pb smelter was assessed using the pH-static leaching experiment according to prEN 14997 (pH range 3-11) coupled with mineralogical investigation of the leached FA by XRD and Rietveld analyses and thermodynamic modelling using PHREEQC-2. The procedure was performed on fresh FA and FA washed at a cumulative L/S ratio of 60l/kg to remove readily soluble salts. For both fresh and washed FA, high amounts of inorganic contaminants were released under acidic conditions, exhibiting L-shaped leaching patterns: up to 300g Pb/kg, 4.5g Cd/kg, 4g Zn/kg, 1.05g As/kg and 70mg Sb/kg. The washing of soluble salts significantly decreased the leachability of Cd, Zn, As and Sb and increased the release of Pb, especially under acidic conditions. The leaching of fresh FA removed part of primary caracolite and all the KPb(2)Cl(5) and NaCl. The Pb release was controlled by the precipitation of anglesite and PbSO(3) under acidic conditions and of laurionite and carbonates (hydrocerussite and phosgenite) under alkaline conditions. In contrast, the washed FA was composed mainly of anglesite and PbSO(3), both phases being the main solubility-controlling phases for Pb over the whole studied pH range. PMID:19195776

Vítková, Martina; Ettler, Vojtech; Sebek, Ondrej; Mihaljevic, Martin; Grygar, Tomás; Rohovec, Jan

2009-08-15

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The formation of secondary organic aerosol from the isoprene + OH reaction in the absence of NOx  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The reaction of isoprene (C5H8) with hydroxyl radicals has been studied in the absence of nitrogen oxides (NOx) to determine physical and chemical characteristics of the secondary organic aerosol formed. Experiments were conducted using a smog chamber operated in a steady-state mode permitting measurements of moderately low aerosol levels. GC-MS analysis was conducted to measure methyl butenediols in the gas phase and polyols in the aerosol phase. Analyses were made to obtain several bulk aerosol parameters from the reaction including values for the organic mass to organic carbon ratio, the effective enthalpy of vaporization (?Hvapeff), organic peroxide fraction, and the aerosol yield. The gas phase analysis showed the presence of methacrolein, methyl vinyl ketone, and four isomers of the methyl butenediols. These gas-phase compounds may serve as precursors for one or more of several compounds detected in the aerosol phase including 2-methylglyceric acid, three 2-methyl alkenetriols, and two 2-methyl tetrols. In contrast to most previous studies, the 2-methyl tetrols (and the 2-methyl alkenetriols) were found to form in the absence of acidic sulfate aerosol. However, reaction conditions did not favor the production of HO2 radicals, thus allowing RO2+RO2 reactions to proceed more readily than if higher HO2 levels had been generated. SOA/SOC (i.e. OM/OC) was found to average 1.9 in the absence of NOx. The effective enthalpy of vaporization was measured as 38.6 kJ mol-1, consistent with values used previously in modeling studies. The yields in this work (using an independent technique than used previously) are lower than those of Kroll et al. (2006) for similar aerosol masses. SOC yields reported in this work range from 0.5-1.4% for carbon masses between 17 and 49 ?gC m-3.

Kleindienst, T. E.; Lewandowski, M.; Offenberg, J. H.; Jaoui, M.; Edney, E. O.

2009-09-01

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The formation of secondary organic aerosol from the isoprene + OH reaction in the absence of NOx  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The reaction of isoprene (C5H8) with hydroxyl radicals has been studied in the absence of nitrogen oxides (NOx) to determine physical and chemical characteristics of the secondary organic aerosol formed. Experiments were conducted using a smog chamber operated in a steady-state mode permitting measurements of moderately low aerosol levels. GC-MS analysis was conducted to measure methyl butenediols in the gas phase and polyols in the aerosol phase. Analyses were made to obtain several bulk aerosol parameters from the reaction including values for the organic mass to organic carbon ratio, the effective enthalpy of vaporization (?Hvapeff), the organic peroxide fraction, and the aerosol yield. The gas phase analysis showed the presence of methacrolein, methyl vinyl ketone, and four isomers of the methyl butenediols. These gas-phase compounds may serve as precursors for one or more of several compounds detected in the aerosol phase including 2-methylglyceric acid, three 2-methyl alkenetriols, and two 2-methyl tetrols. In contrast to most previous studies, the 2-methyl tetrols (and the 2-methyl alkenetriols) were found to form in the absence of acidic sulfate aerosol. A re-evaluation of field samples in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, during the summers of 2000 and 2001 indicated in the presence of the methyl butenediols from gas-phase denuder samples taken at the time. SOA/SOC (i.e., OM/OC) was found to average 1.9 in the absence of NOx. The effective enthalpy of vaporization was measured as 38.6 kJ mol-1, consistent with values that have previously been used in modeling studies. The yields in this work (using an independent technique than that previous) are lower than those of Kroll et al. (2006) for similar aerosol masses. SOC yields reported in this work range from 0.5-1.4% for carbon masses between 17 and 49 ?gC m-3.

Kleindienst, T. E.; Lewandowski, M.; Offenberg, J. H.; Jaoui, M.; Edney, E. O.

2009-04-01

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The Potential of Amorphous Solid Secondary Organic Aerosol to Form Mixed-Phase and Cirrus Clouds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric ice formation by heterogeneous nucleation, which results in cirrus and mixed-phase cloud formation, is one of the least understood processes affecting the global radiation budget, the hydrological cycle, and water vapor distribution. It is commonly assumed that inorganic particles such as mineral dust and solid ammonium sulfate represent important atmospheric ice nuclei (IN). However, a growing body of evidence suggests that secondary organic aerosols (SOA), which are ubiquitous in the atmosphere, exist in a solid (glassy) state. This implies that SOA may also play a role in ice cloud formation by acting as IN, but has not previously been experimentally verified. Here, we report observations of water uptake and ice nucleation via condensation, immersion, and deposition modes initiated by amorphous SOA particles at temperatures from T = 200 - 250 K and relative humidity (RH) from subsaturation conditions up to water saturation. SOA particles with oxygen-to-carbon (O/C) ratios ranging from 0.3 to 1.0 are generated from gas-phase OH oxidation of naphthalene in a flow reactor. At T > 230 K, water uptake at subsaturation conditions is correlated with SOA oxidation level (O/C ratio). This initial water uptake is followed by a moisture-induced phase transition and subsequent immersion freezing. At T < 230 K, the SOA forms ice via deposition nucleation at RH with respect to ice 10-15% below the homogeneous ice nucleation limit, with no apparent dependence on oxidation level. The SOA glass transition temperature (Tg) is estimated as a function of RH, temperature, and SOA oxidation level from corresponding measurements of particle density, hygroscopicity, and bounced fraction, the latter indicating particle phase state. Above Tg, water uptake and immersion freezing is observed when the particles are liquid or semi-solid. Below Tg, deposition ice nucleation is observed when the particles are solid. The data show that particle phase and viscosity govern the particles' response to temperature and RH and provide a straightforward interpretation for the observed different heterogeneous ice nucleation pathways and water uptake by the laboratory-generated SOA and previously investigated fulvic acid surrogate particles and organic dominated field-collected particles. These observations suggest that atmospheric ubiquitous SOA are potentially important for ice cloud formation and climate and should be investigated in future cloud resolving and climate modeling studies.

Knopf, D. A.; Wang, B.; Lambe, A. T.; Massoli, P.; Onasch, T. B.; Davidovits, P.; Worsnop, D. R.

2012-12-01

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The heterogeneous OH oxidation of palmitic acid in single component and internally mixed aerosol particles: vaporization, secondary chemistry, and the role of particle phase  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We studied the OH oxidation of submicron aerosol particles consisting of pure palmitic acid (PA) or thin (near monolayer) coatings of PA on aqueous and effloresced inorganic salt particles. Experiments were performed as a function of particle size and OH exposure using a continuous-flow photochemical reaction chamber coupled to a chemical ionization mass spectrometer (CIMS) system, for detection of gas and particle-bound organics, and a DMA/CPC for monitoring particle size distributions. The loss rate of PA observed for pure PA aerosols and PA on crystalline NaCl aerosols indicates that the OH oxidation of PA at the gas-aerosol interface is efficient. The pure PA oxidation data are well represented by a model consisting of four main processes: 1) surface-only reactions between OH and palmitic acid, 2) secondary reactions between palmitic acid and OH oxidation products, 3) volatilization of condensed-phase mass, and 4) a surface renewal process. Using this model we infer a value of ?OH between 0.8 and 1. The oxidation of palmitic acid in thin film coatings of salt particles is also efficient, though the inferred ?OH is lower, ranging from ~0.3 (+0.1/-0.05) for coatings on solid NaCl and ~0.05 (±0.01) on aqueous NaCl particles. These results, together with simultaneous data on particle size change and volatilized oxidation products, provide support for the ideas that oxidative aging of aliphatic organic aerosol is a source of small oxidized volatile organic compounds (OVOCs), and that OH oxidation may initiate secondary condensed-phase reactions.

McNeill, V. F.; Yatavelli, R. L. N.; Thornton, J. A.; Stipe, C. B.; Landgrebe, O.

2008-03-01

165

Characterization of secondary organic aerosol particles using aerosol laser time-of-flight mass spectrometer coupled with FCM clustering algorithm  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Experiments for formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from photooxidation of 1,3,5-trimethylbenzene in the CH3ONO/NO/air mixture were carried out in the laboratory chamber. The size and chemical composition of the resultant individual particles were measured in real-time by an aerosol laser time of flight mass spectrometer (ALTOFMS) recently designed in our group. We also developed Fuzzy C-Means (FCM) algorithm to classify the mass spectra of large numbers of SOA particles. The study first started with mixed particles generated from the standards benzaldehyde, phenol, benzoic acid, and nitrobenzene solutions to test the feasibility of application of the FCM. The FCM was then used to extract out potential aerosol classes in the chamber experiments. The results demonstrate that FCM allowed a clear identification of ten distinct chemical particle classes in this study, namely, 3,5-dimethylbenzoic acid, 3,5-dimethylbenzaldehyde, 2,4,6-trimethyl-5-nitrophenol, 2-methyl-4-oxo-2-pentenal, 2,4,6-trimethylphenol, 3,5-dimethyl-2-furanone, glyoxal, and high-molecular-weight (HMW) components. Compared to offline method such as gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) measurement, the real-time ALTOFMS detection approach coupled with the FCM data processing algorithm can make cluster analysis of SOA successfully and provide more information of products. Thus ALTOFMS is a useful tool to reveal the formation and transformation processes of SOA particles in smog chambers.

Huang, Mingqiang; Hao, Liqing; Guo, Xiaoyong; Hu, Changjin; Gu, Xuejun; Zhao, Weixiong; Wang, Zhenya; Fang, Li; Zhang, Weijun

2013-01-01

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Structural characterization of 2-hydroxyterpenylic acid, an abundant oxygenated marker compound for ?-pinene secondary organic aerosol in ambient fine aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A highly hydrophilic and oxygenated MW 188 compound is commonly observed in substantial abundance in atmospheric aerosol samples and was proposed in previous studies as an ?-pinene-related marker compound that is associated with ageing processes (1). Paradoxically, the MW 188 compound is usually observed at low abundance in chamber-generated ?-pinene-secondary organic aerosol (SOA) (2), pointing to a non-achievement in crucial reaction conditions. Furthermore, the occurrence of several isobaric isomers did not lead to a complete assignment for individual MW 188 compounds from laboratory generated SOA samples in former studies. For the most abundant MW 188 compound two structures have been proposed, i.e., a C8-monohydroxycarboxylic acid structure (2-hydroxyterpenylic acid) (3), and a C8-hydroxydicarboxylic acid structure (hydroxynorpinic acid) (4). Results will be presented here from a comprehensive mass spectrometric analysis of the most abundant MW 188 compound as 2-hydroxyterpenylic acid. The application of liquid chromatographic/electrospray ionization - ion trap mass spectrometry in both negative and positive ion modes in combination with collision-induced dissociation, as well as the utilisation of a soft derivatisation technique followed by analysis of the formed methyl ester derivatives using the latter technique and gas chromatography/electron ionization mass spectrometry enabled a comprehensive characterization of MW 188 isomers. Theoretical calculations were performed to support the assignment of 2-hydroxyterpenylic acid diastereoisomers. In addition, a positional isomer of 2-hydroxyterpenylic acid, the 4-hydroxyterpenylic acid, was tentatively identified, which is also of atmospheric relevance as it could be detected in ambient fine aerosol. Results from a time-resolved ?-pinene photooxidation experiment do not support that the 2 hydroxyterpenylic acid is a marker compound for aged SOA. Compared to terpenylic acid it should rather be regarded as a higher-generation product of the ?-pinene oxidation cascade. This study presents a comprehensive chemical data set for a more complete structural characterization of hydroxyterpenylic acids in ambient fine aerosol, which sets the foundation to better understand the atmospheric fate of ?-pinene in future studies. This work was supported by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office through the network project "Biogenic Influence on Oxidants and Secondary Organic Aerosol: theoretical, laboratory and modeling investigations (BIOSOA)", the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO), and the European Commission through the EUROCHAMP-2 project (228335). References: (1) Gómez-González et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys, 2012, 12, (1), 125-138. (2) Vogel et al., Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 2013, 13, (7), 17901-17952. (3) Claeys et al., Environ. Sci. & Technol., 2009, 43, (18), 6976-6982. (4) Yasmeen et al., J. Mass Spectrom., 2011, 46, (4), 425-442.

Kahnt, Ariane; Iinuma, Yoshiteru; Blockhuys, Frank; van Alsenoy, Christian; Mutzel, Anke; Vermeylen, Reinhilde; Offenberg, John; Lewandowski, Michael; Jaoui, Mohammed; Kleindienst, Tadeusz; Böge, Olaf; Herrmann, Hartmut; Maenhaut, Willy; Claeys, Magda

2014-05-01

167

Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from the Photooxidation of p- and o-Xylene  

SciTech Connect

The formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from the photooxidation of xylene isomers (m-, p-, and o-xylenes) has been extensively investigated. The dependence of SOA aerosol formation on the structure of xylene isomers in the presence of NO was confirmed. Generally, SOA formation of p-xylene was less than that ofm- and o-xylenes. This discrepancy varies significantly with initial NOx levels. In a NOx-free environment, the difference of aerosol formation between o- and p-xylenes becomes insignificant. Several chemical pathways for the SOA dependence on structure and NOx are explored, with the experimental findings indicating that organic peroxides may be a major key to explaining SOA formation from aromatic hydrocarbons.

Song, Chen; Na, Kwangsam; Warren, Bethany; Malloy, Quentin; Cocker, David R.

2007-11-01

168

Evaluating Simulated Primary Anthropogenic and Biomass Burning Organic Aerosols during MILAGRO: Implications for Assessing Treatments of Secondary Organic Aerosols  

SciTech Connect

Simulated primary organic aerosols (POA), as well as other particulates and trace gases, in the vicinity of Mexico City are evaluated using measurements collected during the 2006 Megacity Initiative: Local and Global Research Observations (MILAGRO) field campaigns. Since the emission inventories and dilution will affect predictions of total organic matter and consequently total particulate matter, our objective is to assess the uncertainties in predicted POA before testing and evaluating the performance of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) treatments. Carbon monoxide (CO) is well simulated on most days both over the city and downwind, indicating that transport and mixing processes were usually consistent with the meteorological conditions observed during MILAGRO. Predicted and observed elemental carbon (EC) in the city was similar, but larger errors occurred at remote locations since the CO/EC emission ratios in the national emission inventory were lower than in the metropolitan emission inventory. Components of organic aerosols derived from Positive Matrix Factorization and data from several Aerodyne Aerosol Mass Spectrometer instruments deployed both at ground sites and on research aircraft are used to evaluate the model. Predicted POA was consistently lower than the measured organic matter at the ground sites, which is consistent with the expectation that SOA should be a large fraction of the total organic matter mass. A much better agreement was found when predicted POA was compared with the sum of "primary anthropogenic" and "primary biomass burning" components on days with relatively low biomass burning, suggesting that the overall magnitude of primary organic particulates released was reasonable. The predicted POA was greater than the total observed organic matter when the aircraft flew directly downwind of large fires, suggesting that biomass burning emission estimates from some large fires may be too high. Predicted total observed organic carbon (TOOC) was also analyzed to assess how emission inventory estimates of volatile organic compounds may impact predictions of SOA.

Fast, Jerome D.; Aiken, Allison; Allan, James D.; Alexander, M. L.; Campos, Teresa; Canagaratna, Manjula R.; Chapman, Elaine G.; DeCarlo, Peter; de Foy, B.; Gaffney, Jeffrey; de Gouw, Joost A.; Doran, J. C.; Emmons, L.; Hodzic, Alma; Herndon, Scott C.; Huey, L. G.; Jayne, John T.; Jimenez, Jose L.; Kleinman, Lawrence I.; Kuster, W. C.; Marley, Nancy A.; Russell, Lynn M.; Ochoa, Carlos; Onasch, Timothy B.; Pekour, Mikhail S.; Song, Chen; Ulbrich, Ingrid M.; Warneke, Carsten; Welsh-Bon, Daniel; Wiedinmyer, Christine; Worsnop, Douglas R.; Yu, Xiao-Ying; Zaveri, Rahul A.

2009-08-31

169

Emissions of Black Carbon, Organic, and Inorganic Aerosols From Biomass Burning in North America and Asia in 2008  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Reliable assessment of the impact of aerosols emitted from boreal forest fires on the Arctic climate necessitates improved understanding of emissions and the microphysical properties of carbonaceous (black carbon (BC) and organic aerosols (OA)) and inorganic aerosols. The size distributions of BC were measured by an SP2 based on the laser-induced incandescence technique on board the DC-8 aircraft during the NASA ARCTAS campaign. Aircraft sampling was made in fresh plumes strongly impacted by wildfires in North America (Canada and California) in summer 2008 and in those transported from Asia (Siberia in Russia and Kazakhstan) in spring 2008. We extracted biomass burning plumes using particle and tracer (CO, CH3CN, and CH2Cl2) data. OA constituted the dominant fraction of aerosols mass in the submicron range. The large majority of the emitted particles did not contain BC. We related the combustion phase of the fire as represented by the modified combustion efficiency (MCE) to the emission ratios between BC and other species. In particular, we derived the average emission ratios of BC/CO = 2.3 +/- 2.2 and 8.5 +/- 5.4 ng/cu m/ppbv for BB in North America and Asia, respectively. The difference in the BC/CO emission ratios is likely due to the difference in MCE. The count median diameters and geometric standard deviations of the lognormal size distribution of BC in the BB plumes were 136-141 nm and 1.32-1.36, respectively, and depended little on MCE. These BC particles were thickly coated, with shell/core ratios of 1.3-1.6. These parameters can be used directly for improving model estimates of the impact of BB in the Arctic.

Kondo, Y.; Matsui, H.; Moteki, N.; Sahu, L.; Takegawa, N.; Kajino, M.; Zhao, Y.; Cubison, M. J.; Jimenez, J. L.; Vay, S.; Diskin, G. S.; Anderson, B.; Wisthaler, A.; Mikoviny, T.; Fuelberg, H. E.; Blake, D. R.; Huey, G.; Weinheimer, A. J.; Knapp, D. J.; Brune, W. H.

2011-01-01

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Absorption amplification of black carbon internally mixed with secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The scattering and absorption properties of black carbon (BC) particles internally mixed with secondary organic aerosol (SOA) were investigated experimentally at the large aerosol chamber facility AIDA. Diesel soot particles were coated with secondary organic compounds produced by the in situ ozonolysis of ?-pinene. It was found that the organic coating strongly affects the optical and microphysical properties of the soot aggregates. Amplification factors of the internally mixed BC of 1.8 to 2.1 compared to the specific absorption cross section of externally mixed BC were measured. These amplification factors are well reproduced by a Mie model for concentrically coated spheres over a wide range of organic coating/BC mixing ratios. Other optical properties in particular of thinly coated soot particles, namely, the single scattering albedo, the Ångstrøm exponent, and the hemispheric backscattering ratio, are less well reproduced by the model, most likely because of the restructuring and the incomplete enclosure of the porous soot aggregates.

Schnaiter, M.; Linke, C.; MöHler, O.; Naumann, K.-H.; Saathoff, H.; Wagner, R.; Schurath, U.; Wehner, B.

2005-10-01

171

Speciation of water-soluble inorganic, organic, and total nitrogen in a background marine environment: Cloud water, rainwater, and aerosol particles  

Microsoft Academic Search

Cloud water, rainwater, and aerosol particles were collected in Puerto Rico from December 2004 to March 2007 in order to investigate their chemical composition, relation to sources, and removal processes. The species analyzed were inorganic ions, metals, total and dissolved organic carbon (TOC, DOC), total nitrogen (TN), and organic acids. For all samples, the dominant species were marine (Na+, Cl?),

Adriana Gioda; Gabriel J. Reyes-Rodríguez; Gilmarie Santos-Figueroa; Jeffrey L. Collett; Stefano Decesari; Maria da Conceição K. V. Ramos; Heleno J. C. Bezerra Netto; Francisco R. de Aquino Neto; Olga L. Mayol-Bracero

2011-01-01

172

Primary to secondary organic aerosol: evolution of organic emissions from mobile combustion sources  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A series of smog chamber experiments were conducted to investigate the transformation of primary organic aerosol (POA) and formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) during the photo-oxidation of dilute gasoline and diesel motor vehicle exhaust. In half of the experiments POA was present in the chamber at the onset of photo-oxidation. In these experiments positive matrix factorization (PMF) was used to determine separate POA and SOA factors from aerosol mass spectrometer data. A two-factor solution, with one POA factor and one SOA factor, was sufficient to describe the organic aerosol in all but one experiment. In the other half of the experiments, POA was not present at the onset of photo-oxidation; these experiments are considered "pure SOA" experiments. The POA mass spectrum was similar to the mass spectra of the hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol factor determined from ambient datasets with one exception, a diesel vehicle equipped with a diesel oxidation catalyst. The SOA in all experiments had a constant composition over the course of photo-oxidation, and did not appear to age with continued oxidation. The SOA mass spectra for the various gasoline and diesel vehicles were similar to each other, but markedly different than ambient oxidized organic aerosol factors. Van Krevelen analysis of the POA and SOA factors for gasoline and diesel experiments reveal slopes of -0.68 and -0.43, respectively. This suggests that the oxidation chemistry in these experiments is a combination of carboxylic acid and alcohol/peroxide formation, consistent with ambient oxidation chemistry. These experiments also provide insight to the mixing behavior of the POA and SOA. Analysis of the time series of the POA factor concentration and a basis-set model both indicate that for all but one of the vehicles tested here, the POA and SOA seem to mix and form a single organic aerosol phase.

Presto, A. A.; Gordon, T. D.; Robinson, A. L.

2013-09-01

173

Secondary organic aerosol formation from the photo-oxidation of benzene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The production of condensate compounds from the degradation of benzene by OH radical chemistry was studied. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation was investigated in the EUPHORE ( European Photoreactor) simulation chambers. Experiments were performed under different OH-production conditions - addition of H 2O 2, NO or HONO -, in a high-volume reactor, with natural light and in the absence of seed aerosols. The consumption of precursor/reagents, the formation of gas-phase and particulate-phase products and the temporal evolution of aerosol were monitored. Several aerosol physical properties - mass concentration, overall aerosol yield, particle size distribution and density - were determined and found to be clearly dependent on OH radical production and NO x concentrations. Furthermore, the use of one and/or two products gas-particle partitioning absorption models allowed us to determine the aerosol yield curves. The SOA yield ranged from 1.6 to 9.7 %, with higher SOA formation under low-NO x conditions. Chemical characterization of the SOA was carried out, determining multi-oxygenated condensed organic compounds by a method based on the gas chromatography-mass spectrometry technique. Several ring-retaining and ring-cleavage products were identified and quantified. The compounds with the highest percentage contribution to the total aerosol mass were 4-nitrobenzene-1,2-diol, butenedioic acid, succinic acid and trans-trans-muconic. In addition, a multigenerational study was performed comparing with the photo-oxidations of phenol and catechol. The results showed that although the mass concentration of SOA produced was different, the physical and chemical properties were quite similar. Finally, we suggest a general mechanism to describe how changes in benzene degradation pathways - rate of OH generation and concentration of NO x - could justify the variation in SOA production and properties.

Borrás, Esther; Tortajada-Genaro, Luis Antonio

2012-02-01

174

Evidence for a significant proportion of Secondary Organic Aerosol from isoprene above a maritime tropical forest  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Isoprene is the most abundant non-methane biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC), but the processes governing secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from isoprene oxidation are only beginning to become understood and selective quantification of the atmospheric particulate burden remains difficult. Organic aerosol above a tropical rainforest located in Danum Valley, Borneo, Malaysia, a high isoprene emission region, was studied during Summer 2008 using Aerosol Mass Spectrometry and offline detailed characterisation using comprehensive two dimensional gas chromatography. Observations indicate that a substantial fraction (up to 15% by mass) of atmospheric sub-micron organic aerosol was observed as methylfuran (MF) after thermal desorption. This observation was associated with the simultaneous measurements of established gas-phase isoprene oxidation products methylvinylketone (MVK) and methacrolein (MACR). Observations of MF were also made during experimental chamber oxidation of isoprene. Positive matrix factorisation of the AMS organic mass spectral time series produced a robust factor which accounts for an average of 23% (0.18 ?g m-3), reaching as much as 53% (0.50 ?g m-3) of the total oraganic loading, identified by (and highly correlated with) a strong MF signal. Assuming that this factor is generally representative of isoprene SOA, isoprene derived aerosol plays a significant role in the region. Comparisons with measurements from other studies suggest this type of isoprene SOA plays a role in other isoprene dominated environments, albeit with varying significance.

Robinson, N. H.; Hamilton, J. F.; Allan, J. D.; Langford, B.; Oram, D. E.; Chen, Q.; Docherty, K.; Farmer, D. K.; Jimenez, J. L.; Ward, M. W.; Hewitt, C. N.; Barley, M. H.; Jenkin, M. E.; Rickard, A. R.; Martin, S. T.; McFiggans, G.; Coe, H.

2010-11-01

175

Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from m-Xylene in the Absence of NOx  

SciTech Connect

Formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from m-xylene photoxidation in the absence of NOx was investigated in a series of smog chamber experiments. Experiments were performed in dry air and in the absence of seed aerosol with H2O2 photolysis providing a stable hydroxyl radical (OH radical) source. SOA formation from this study is exceptionally higher than experiments with existence of NOx. The experiments with elevated HO2 levels indicate that organic hydroperoxide compounds should contribute to SOA formation. Nitrogen oxide (NO) is shown to reduce aerosol formation; the constant aerosol formation rate obtained before addition of NO and after consumption of NO strongly suggests that aerosol formation is mainly through reactions with OH and HO2 radicals. In addition, a density of 1.40 ± 0.1 g cm-3 for the SOA from the photooxidation of m-xylene in the absence of NOx has been measured, which is significantly higher than the currently used unit density.

Song, Chen; Na, Kwangsam; Warren, Bethany; Malloy, Quentin; Cocker, David R.

2007-11-01

176

Laboratory studies on optical properties of secondary organic aerosols generated during the photooxidation of toluene and the ozonolysis of ?-pinene  

Microsoft Academic Search

It has recently been suggested that some organic aerosols can absorb solar radiation, especially at the shorter visible and UV wavelengths. Although quantitative characterization of the optical properties of secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) is required in order to confirm the effect of SOAs on the atmospheric radiation balance, the light absorption of SOAs has not yet been thoroughly investigated. In

Tomoki Nakayama; Yutaka Matsumi; Kei Sato; Takashi Imamura; Akihiro Yamazaki; Akihiro Uchiyama

2010-01-01

177

Role of isoprene in secondary organic aerosol formation on a regional scale  

Microsoft Academic Search

The role of isoprene as a source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is studied using laboratory-derived SOA yields and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regional-scale Community Multiscale Air Quality (CMAQ) modeling system over a domain comprising the contiguous United States, southern Canada, and northern Mexico. Isoprene is predicted to be a significant source of biogenic SOA, leading to increases up

Yang Zhang; Jian-Ping Huang; Daven K. Henze; John H. Seinfeld

2007-01-01

178

Gas-phase products and secondary aerosol yields from the ozonolysis of ten different terpenes  

Microsoft Academic Search

The ozonolyses of six monoterpenes (alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, 3-carene, terpinolene, alpha-terpinene, and myrcene), two sesquiterpenes (alpha-humulene and beta-caryophyllene), and two oxygenated terpenes (methyl chavicol and linalool) were conducted individually in Teflon chambers to examine the gas-phase oxidation product and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yields from these reactions. Particle size distribution and number concentration were monitored and allowed for the calculation of

Anita Lee; Allen H. Goldstein; Melita D. Keywood; Song Gao; Varuntida Varutbangkul; Roya Bahreini; Nga L. Ng; Richard C. Flagan; John H. Seinfeld

2006-01-01

179

Temperature dependence of secondary organic aerosol formation by photo-oxidation of hydrocarbons  

Microsoft Academic Search

Photo-oxidation experiments on hydrocarbons were performed with a temperature-controlled smog chamber to study the temperature dependence of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. A higher SOA yield was obtained at lower temperature and with a higher concentration of SOA generated. The relationship of SOA yield to temperature and SOA concentration is expressed by a gas\\/particle partitioning absorption model considered with temperature

Hideto Takekawa; Hiroaki Minoura; Satoshi Yamazaki

2003-01-01

180

Formation of anthropogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA) and its influence on biogenic SOA properties  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from mixed anthropogenic and biogenic precursors has been studied exposing reaction mixtures to natural sunlight in the SAPHIR chamber in Jülich, Germany. Several experiments with exclusively anthropogenic precursors were performed to establish a relationship between yield and organic aerosol mass loading for the atmospheric relevant range of aerosol loads of 0.01 to 10 ?g m-3. The yields (0.5-9%) were comparable to previous data and further used for the detailed evaluation of the mixed biogenic and anthropogenic experiments. For the mixed experiments a number of different oxidation schemes were addressed. The reactivity, the sequence of addition, and the amount of the precursors influenced the SOA properties. Monoterpene oxidation products, including carboxylic acids and dimer esters were identified in the aged aerosol at levels comparable to ambient air. OH radicals were measured by Laser Induced Fluorescence, which allowed for establishing relations of aerosol properties and composition to the experimental OH dose. Furthermore, the OH measurements in combination with the derived yields for anthropogenic SOA enabled application of a simplified model to calculate the chemical turnover of the anthropogenic precursor and corresponding anthropogenic contribution to the mixed aerosol. The estimated anthropogenic contributions were ranging from small (?8%) up to significant fraction (>50%) providing a suitable range to study the effect of aerosol composition on the aerosol volatility (volume fraction remaining at 343 K: 0.86-0.94). The anthropogenic aerosol had higher oxygen to carbon ratio O/C and was less volatile than the biogenic fraction. However, in order to produce significant amount of anthropogenic SOA the reaction mixtures needed a higher OH dose that also increased O/C and provided a less volatile aerosol. A strong positive correlation was found between changes in volatility and O/C with the exception during dark hours where the SOA volatility decreased while O/C did not change significantly. This change in volatility under dark conditions is likely due to chemical or morphological changes not affecting O/C.

Emanuelsson, E. U.; Hallquist, M.; Kristensen, K.; Glasius, M.; Bohn, B.; Fuchs, H.; Kammer, B.; Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Nehr, S.; Rubach, F.; Tillmann, R.; Wahner, A.; Wu, H.-C.; Mentel, Th. F.

2012-08-01

181

Herkunftsbestimmung von Feinstaubimmisionen mit Sekundaermassenspektrometrie. (Determination of the contributions of pollution sources to aerosol particles by secondary mass spectrometry).  

National Technical Information Service (NTIS)

Atmospheric aerosol particles with particle sizes between 0.01 and 100 micrometers form an essential part of the air pollution. In this work secondary mass spectrometry was used for analyzing particulate samples. Under successive ion bombardment, the samp...

C. J. Haecker

1996-01-01

182

MOLECULAR SPECIATION OF SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOL FROM PHOTOOXIDATION OF THE HIGHER ALKENES: 1-OCTENE AND 1-DECENE. (R824970)  

EPA Science Inventory

Outdoor smog chamber photooxidations to determine the molecular composition of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from 1-octene and 1-decene in sunlight-irradiated hydrocarbon-NO x mixtures are reported. The observed products are consistent with the current under...

183

DETERMINATION OF SECONDARY ORGANIC AEROSOL PRODUCTS FROM THE PHOTOOXIDATION OF TOLUENE AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS IN AMBIENT PM2.5  

EPA Science Inventory

Laboratory study was carried out to investigate the secondary organic aerosol products from photooxidation of the aromatic hydrocarbon toluene. The laboratory experiments consisted of irradiating toluene/propylene/NOX/air mixtures in a smog chamber operated in the dynamic mode...

184

Aerosol Coupling in the Earths System (ACES): Linking Chemical Composition of Secondary Organic Aerosol to Hygroscopic Properties.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The formation of secondary organic aerosol from the oxidation of reactive biogenic emissions is thought to be an important factor in global climate regulation. Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosol (BSOA) can contribute to indirect radiative forcing by acting as cloud condensation nuclei. The potential of particles to act as CCN depends on their composition and hygroscopic properties. Sesquiterpenes, such as beta-caryophyllene, have been proposed as SOA precursors due to their low volatility and highly reactive nature. One of the main problems with using smog chamber simulations to study SOA formation and properties is the need to use high concentrations of reactive organic species. This can result in higher SOA yields and a different composition than in the real atmosphere. As part of the Aerosol coupling in the Earth System (ACES) project, a series of novel experiments were carried out at the Manchester Aerosol Chamber. By using a high volume pump and a collapsible chamber, the entire contents of the chamber can be sampled rapidly onto a filter. Recent improvements in the sensitivity of analytical techniques have allowed us to use lower VOC precursor concentrations (20 ppb) than previous studies. Repetitive experiments were carried out and filter samples taken at different experiment times, 2, 4 and 6 hours, allowing the evolution of individual SOA components to be evaluated. Complementary proton transfer mass spectrometry was used to study the evolution of gas phase oxidation products. The composition of beta-caryophyllene SOA was studied using liquid chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry. Twelve components were identified based on MS2 fragmentation patterns. The SOA composition was found to be much simpler than seen for monoterpenes and no oligomers were found. Experiments at 42 ppb and 210 ppb, indicate that the distribution of products varied depending on the starting VOC concentration. Low concentrations resulted in a higher proportion of more polar species such as nor-caryophyllenic acid (172 g mol-1), indicating the importance of carrying out smog chamber studies as close to ambient concentrations as possible. Results obtained using an Aerodyne aerosol mass spectrometer showed that SOA formed using lower initial precursor concentration contained a higher fraction of m/z 44 (a typical marker for highly oxygenated organic molecules) compared to SOA produced using high precursor concentration. Ageing resulted in an increasingly complex OVOC profile compared to the simpler, early generation products, seen in the initial stages of the experiment. The hygroscopic properties of the beta-caryophyllene SOA were investigated using a hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyser (HTDMA) and a CCN counter. The evolution of the hygroscopic growth factor and the CCN activity were compared to the aerosol composition, giving an insight into how the oxidation processes altered the ability of the aerosol to take up water.

Hamilton, J. F.; Alfarra, M. R.; Wyche, K. P.; Carr, T.; Lewis, A. C.; Monks, P. S.; McFiggans, G. B.; Good, N. A.; Irwin, M.; Turner, F.; Ward, M.

2008-12-01

185

Size fractionation and molecular composition of water-soluble inorganic and organic nitrogen in aerosols of a coastal environment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study reports the first high and low molecular weight measurements of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) in size-fractionated atmospheric particles. The variations in concentration of nitrogen species corresponded to varying sources and weather conditions. The results indicate that continental, local, and marine origins are the key factors controlling the particle size distribution of inorganic and organic nitrogen species. For dissolved inorganic nitrogen and DON, relatively high concentrations and fine-mode particle (particle diameter <1 ?m) enrichment were significantly affected by continental and locally derived sources, which were mainly attributable to anthropogenic activities. However, the coarse/fine ratios indicate that DON was derived from a coarse particle (particle diameter >1 ?m) source that may be sea salt particles. To investigate the possible sources of DON, an ultrafiltration method was used to separate DON into high (HMW) and low (LMW) molecular weight categories. The results indicate that HMW-DON and LMW-DON contributed 57 ± 9% and 43 ± 9%, respectively, to the total DON concentration. Correlations and positive matrix factorization analysis of HMW-DON and LMW-DON levels with major and non-sea-salt ions indicated that HMW-DON and LMW-DON in coarse particles may be generated from continental soil dust and sea spray, respectively, whereas, in fine particles, DON may originate from aerosols derived from combustion processes. The annual fluxes of HMW-DON and LMW-DON were estimated to be 11.0 and 11.3 mmol m-2 yr-1, respectively. Consequently, the inputs of HMW-DON and LMW-DON appear to make equal contributions to DON in aerosols over the studied coastal area.

Chen, Hung-Yu; Chen, Liang-De; Chiang, Zhong-Ying; Hung, Chin-Chang; Lin, Fei-Jan; Chou, Wen-Chen; Gong, Gwo-Ching; Wen, Liang-Saw

2010-11-01

186

Aerosol-gel deposition of photocurable organic-inorganic hybrid coatings  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Photocurable thin films have been deposited using the Aerosol-gel process. 3-(Trimethoxysilyl) propyl methacrylate and tetraisopropyl-orthotitanate complexed with methacrylic acid have been used as sol-gel precursors. The films were characterized with respect to their chemical, structural, optical, and photopolymerization properties.

Trejo-Valdez, M.; Jenouvrier, Pierre R.; Fick, Jochen; Langlet, Michel

2003-11-01

187

Secondary organic aerosol formation from photooxidation of a mixture of dimethyl sulfide and isoprene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) created from the photooxidation of a mixture of isoprene and dimethyl sulfide (DMS) was studied at different NO x concentrations (40-220 ppb) and humidities (12%, 42% and 80%) using a Teflon film indoor chamber. To study the effect of isoprene on DMS products, the major DMS photooxidation products, such as sulfuric acid, methanesulfonic acid (MSA) and methanesulfinic acid (MSIA), were quantified in both the presence and the absence of isoprene using a Particle-Into-Liquid-Sampler coupled with Ion Chromatography (PILS-IC). The resulting PILS-IC data showed that the DMS aerosol yield significantly decreased due to the photooxidation of isoprene. A 35.2% DMS aerosol yield reduction was observed due to 800 ppb isoprene in 185 ppb NO x and 140 ppb DMS. Among the aerosol-phase DMS oxidation products, MSA was the most sensitive to the presence of isoprene (e.g., 46% reduction). The DMS aerosol product analysis indicates that isoprene oxidation affects the pathways of MSA formation on the aerosol surface. Using a new approach that implements an Organic Carbon (OC) analyzer, the isoprene SOA yield ( Yiso) in the DMS/isoprene/NO x system was also estimated. The OC data showed that Yiso increased significantly with DMS compared to the Yiso without DMS. For example, Yiso with 80 ppb NO x and 840 ppb isoprene was increased by 124.6% due to 100 ppb DMS at RH = 42%. Our study suggests that the heterogeneous reactions of isoprene oxidation products with the highly acidic products (e.g., MSA and sulfuric acid) from DMS photooxidation can considerably contribute to the Yiso increase.

Chen, Tianyi; Jang, Myoseon

2012-01-01

188

Formation and evolution of biogenic secondary organic aerosol over a forest site in Japan  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

composition of atmospheric aerosol particles was characterized using an Aerodyne high-resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer at a forest site in Japan during 20-30 August 2010. A major fraction of nonrefractory submicron aerosol particles consisted of organics (accounting for, on average, 46% of total mass), sulfate (41%), and ammonium (12%). Positive matrix factorization of high-resolution organic aerosol mass spectra identified two oxygenated organic aerosol (OOA) components: a highly oxidized, low-volatility OOA and a less oxidized, semivolatile OOA (SV-OOA), interpreted mainly as aged regional organic aerosol (OA) and as locally formed biogenic secondary OA (BSOA), respectively. The mass concentrations of SV-OOA increased prominently during the daytime, suggesting a strong photochemical production of BSOA on both nonevent and new particle formation event days. Increases of f44 (fraction of m/z 44 in OA mass spectrum), the fraction of CxOy+ fragment, and the O/C ratio after midday (around 13:00 local time) suggest that OA became increasingly oxygenated, which can be explained by the aging of freshly formed BSOA. Aqueous phase oxidation reactions under conditions of high relative humidity may have played a vital role in the aging of BSOA in this forest atmosphere. A substantial increase of the mass concentration of organics in the small size range (below 300 nm in vacuum aerodynamic diameter), without an increase in that of sulfate, suggests that the formation of BSOA made a dominant contribution to the presence of particles of cloud condensation nuclei size around the studied area.

Han, Yuemei; Iwamoto, Yoko; Nakayama, Tomoki; Kawamura, Kimitaka; Mochida, Michihiro

2014-01-01

189

Influence of Soluble Surfactant Properties on the Activation of Aerosol Particles Containing Inorganic Solute.  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospheric aerosol particles consisting of ammonium sulfate [(NH4)2SO4] or sodium chloride (NaCl) have reasonably well-defined hygroscopic properties compared to other materials in aerosol particles, such as organic material. The effect of internally mixing organic compounds with these salts is not clear when considering the hygroscopic properties of the resulting particles, including activation of particles in clouds. This research describes the activation of aerosol particles consisting of sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) and NaCl solute. SDS is used as a surrogate for soluble atmospheric surfactants. Köhler theory is used to model droplet activation while considering droplet properties such as surface tension (), surface excess surfactant concentration, and critical micelle concentration (CMC).Reduction in critical supersaturation (Sc) caused by the reduction in (Kelvin effect) associated with the surfactant is dominated by the increase in Sc with the decreasing number of moles of solute in the droplet (Raoult effect) as surfactant displaces NaCl solute mass. For an initially dry 0.1-m diameter particle, Sc increases from 0.10 to 0.25 as NaCl solute mass changes from 100% (0% SDS solute) to 0% (100% SDS solute). Such dependence of cloud droplet activation on mixed solute composition is important when considering atmospheric chemistry and physics. The partitioning of materials between aerosol particles and cloud drops are influenced by mixing the surfactant with NaCl. Also, inhibition of droplet activation when displacing NaCl solute with a high molecular weight soluble surfactant could significantly influence the indirect effects aerosols have on climate change.

Li, Zhidong; Williams, Allen L.; Rood, Mark J.

1998-05-01

190

Towards a quasi-complete reconstruction of past atmospheric aerosol load and composition (organic and inorganic) over Europe since 1920 inferred from Alpine ice cores  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Seasonally resolved chemical ice core records available from the Col du Dôme glacier (4250 m elevation, French Alps) are here revisited in view to reconstruct past aerosol load of the free European troposphere from prior World War II to present. The extended array of inorganic (Na+, Ca2+, NH4+, Cl-, NO3-, and SO42-) and organic (carboxylates, HCHO, HUmic LIke Substances, dissolved organic carbon, water insoluble organic carbon, and black carbon) compounds and fractions already investigated permit to examine the overall aerosol composition and its change over the past. It is shown that the atmospheric load of submicron aerosol has been increased by a factor of 3 from the 1921-1951 to 1971-1988 years, mainly as a result of a large increase of sulfate (a factor of 5), ammonium and water-soluble organic aerosol (a factor of 3). It is shown that not only growing anthropogenic emissions of sulfur dioxide and ammonia have caused the enhancement of the atmospheric aerosol load but also biogenic emissions producing water soluble organic aerosol. This unexpected change of biospheric source of organic aerosol after 1950 needs to be considered and further investigated in scenarii dealing with climate forcing by atmospheric aerosol.

Preunkert, S.; Legrand, M.

2013-02-01

191

Towards a quasi-complete reconstruction of past atmospheric aerosol load and composition (organic and inorganic) over Europe since 1920 inferred from Alpine ice cores  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Seasonally resolved chemical ice core records available from the Col du Dôme glacier (4250 m elevation, French Alps), are here used to reconstruct past aerosol load and composition of the free European troposphere from before World War II to present. Available ice core records include inorganic (Na+, Ca2+, NH4+, Cl-, NO3-, and SO42-) and organic (carboxylates, HCHO, humic-like substances, dissolved organic carbon, water-insoluble organic carbon, and black carbon) compounds and fractions that permit reconstructing the key aerosol components and their changes over the past. It is shown that the atmospheric load of submicron aerosol has been increased by a factor of 3 from the 1921-1951 to 1971-1988 years, mainly as a result of a large increase of sulfate (a factor of 5), ammonium and water-soluble organic aerosol (a factor of 3). Thus, not only growing anthropogenic emissions of sulfur dioxide and ammonia have caused the enhancement of the atmospheric aerosol load but also biogenic emissions producing water-soluble organic aerosol. This unexpected change of biospheric source of organic aerosol after 1950 needs to be considered and further investigated in scenarios dealing with climate forcing by atmospheric aerosol.

Preunkert, S.; Legrand, M.

2013-07-01

192

Effect of NOx level on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the photooxidation of terpenes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the photooxidation of one monoterpene (?-pinene) and two sesquiterpenes (longifolene and aromadendrene) is investigated in the Caltech environmental chambers. The effect of NOx on SOA formation for these biogenic hydrocarbons is evaluated by performing photooxidation experiments under varying NOx conditions. The NOx dependence of ?-pinene SOA formation follows the same trend as that observed previously for a number of SOA precursors, including isoprene, in which SOA yield (defined as the ratio of the mass of organic aerosol formed to the mass of parent hydrocarbon reacted) decreases as NOx level increases. The NOx dependence of SOA yield for the sesquiterpenes, longifolene and aromadendrene, however, differs from that determined for isoprene and ?-pinene; the aerosol yield under high-NOx conditions substantially exceeds that under low-NOx conditions. The reversal of the NOx dependence of SOA formation for the sesquiterpenes is consistent with formation of relatively low-volatility organic nitrates, and/or the isomerization of large alkoxy radicals leading to less volatile products. Analysis of the aerosol chemical composition for longifolene confirms the presence of organic nitrates under high-NOx conditions. Consequently the formation of SOA from certain biogenic hydrocarbons such as sesquiterpenes (and possibly large anthropogenic hydrocarbons as well) may be more efficient in polluted air.

Ng, N. L.; Chhabra, P. S.; Chan, A. W. H.; Surratt, J. D.; Kroll, J. H.; Kwan, A. J.; McCabe, D. C.; Wennberg, P. O.; Sorooshian, A.; Murphy, S. M.; Dalleska, N. F.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2007-07-01

193

Effect of NOx level on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the photooxidation of terpenes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the photooxidation of one monoterpene (?-pinene) and two sesquiterpenes (longifolene and aromadendrene) is investigated in the Caltech environmental chambers. The effect of NOx on SOA formation for these biogenic hydrocarbons is evaluated by performing photooxidation experiments under varying NOx conditions. The NOx dependence of ?-pinene SOA formation follows the same trend as that observed previously for a number of SOA precursors, including isoprene, in which SOA yield (defined as the ratio of the mass of organic aerosol formed to the mass of parent hydrocarbon reacted) decreases as NOx level increases. The NOx dependence of SOA yield for the sesquiterpenes, longifolene and aromadendrene, however, differs from that determined for isoprene and ?-pinene; the aerosol yield under high-NOx conditions substantially exceeds that under low-NOx conditions. The reversal of the NOx dependence of SOA formation for the sesquiterpenes is consistent with formation of relatively low-volatility organic nitrates, and/or the isomerization of large alkoxy radicals leading to less volatile products. Analysis of the aerosol chemical composition for longifolene confirms the presence of organic nitrates under high-NOx conditions. Consequently the formation of SOA from certain biogenic hydrocarbons such as sesquiterpenes (and possibly large anthropogenic hydrocarbons as well) may be more efficient in polluted air.

Ng, N. L.; Chhabra, P. S.; Chan, A. W. H.; Surratt, J. D.; Kroll, J. H.; Kwan, A. J.; McCabe, D. C.; Wennberg, P. O.; Sorooshian, A.; Murphy, S. M.; Dalleska, N. F.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2007-10-01

194

Chamber studies to simulate secondary organic aerosol formation from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Because atmospheric organic species are generally emitted from a large number of sources, over wide spatial and temporal scales, it is generally challenging to ascribe ambient organic aerosol (OA) to the oxidation of specific secondary organic aerosol (SOA) precursors. However, the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill (April 20-July 15, 2010), provided the unique circumstance of a large, well-defined source of gas-phase organics introduced into a relatively clean atmosphere. Here we describe a laboratory simulation of SOA formation downwind of the DWH spill, via the oxidation of South Louisiana-light (SL) crude oil by OH radicals in an environmental chamber. Intermediate and semi-volatile fractions of the SL crude oil are vaporized and oxidized by gas-phase OH radicals (formed from the photolysis of HONO). The chemical composition is monitored as a function of OH exposure. When OH exposures are approximately matched, laboratory-generated SOA and OA measured downwind of the oil spill exhibit extremely similar aerosol mass spectra, in strong support of the hypothesis that the OA measured downwind of the DWH oil spill was secondary in nature. More generally, this agreement indicates that in cases when SOA precursors are well-constrained, chamber experiments can reasonably reproduce key properties of ambient OA. Results of chamber studies on sub-fractions of the SL crude oil, aimed at identifying the classes of oil components most responsible for SOA formation, will be discussed.

Daumit, K. E.; Carrasquillo, A. J.; Cross, E. S.; Hunter, J. F.; Bahreini, R.; Middlebrook, A. M.; De Gouw, J. A.; Williams, L. R.; Worsnop, D. R.; Kroll, J. H.

2011-12-01

195

Oligomers in the early stage of biogenic secondary organic aerosol formation and growth.  

PubMed

The formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) by reaction of ozone with monoterpenes (beta-pinene, delta3-carene, limonene, and sabinene) was studied on a short time scale of 3-22 s with a flow tube reactor. Online chemical analysis was performed with the Photoionization Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (PIAMS) to obtain molecular composition and the Nanoaerosol Mass Spectrometer (NAMS) to obtain elemental composition. Molecular composition data showed that dimers and higher order oligomers are formed within seconds after the onset of reaction, indicating that there is no intrinsic kinetic barrier to oligomer formation. Because oligomer formation is fast, it is unlikely that a large number of steps are involved in their formation. Therefore, ion distributions in the PIAMS spectra were interpreted through reactions of intermediates postulated in previous studies with monomer end products or other intermediates. Based on ion signal intensities in the mass spectra, organic peroxides appear to comprise a greater fraction of the aerosol than secondary ozonides. This conclusion is supported by elemental composition data from NAMS that gave C:O ratios in the 2.2-2.7 range. PMID:17937292

Heaton, Katherine J; Dreyfus, Matthew A; Wang, Shenyi; Johnston, Murray V

2007-09-01

196

Partial Derivative Fitted Taylor Expansion: An efficient method for calculating gas-liquid equilibria in atmospheric aerosol particles: 1. Inorganic compounds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Parameterizations for calculating the equilibrium vapor pressure of the semivolatile inorganic gases, HNO3, HCl, and NH3, above an aqueous aerosol are presented. The hybrid Partial Derivative Fitted Taylor Expansion (PD-FiTE) approach uses optimized model parameters describing the interaction between different inorganic ions, resulting in comparable computational performance with existing reduced methods while remaining accurate. Comparisons with the most accurate inorganic activity coefficient model available indicate that PD-FiTE performs very well over the parameterization space of the system H+-NH4+-Na+-SO42--HSO4--NO3--Cl- at 298.15 K. The linear additive framework allows the inclusion of further species. However, including the ability to describe the interaction between inorganic and organic components will be presented in a future publication. Coupling PD-FiTE to a coupled box model of gaseous chemistry and aerosol microphysics in a test case investigating marine aerosol passing through a polluted environment demonstrates its robustness and ability to capture fine details of important phenomena such as the outgassing of HCl in response to HNO3 uptake by sea-salt particles.

Topping, David; Lowe, Douglas; McFiggans, Gordon

2009-02-01

197

Evolution and aging of biogenic secondary organic aerosol over a mid-latitude forest site  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biogenic secondary organic aerosols (BSOAs), which are originated from the oxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) emitted from terrestrial vegetation, may contribute largely to atmospheric organic aerosols on the global scale. However, their formation pathways, physical and chemical properties, and aging processes are poorly characterized to date. In this study, submicron organic aerosols were measured using an Aerodyne high-resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) at a remote forest site in Japan during 20-30 August 2010. The formation and evolution of BSOA are investigated based on the variations in the mass spectra of organic aerosols, in particular on the days when new particle formation (NPF) events were evident. The increases of f43 (fraction of m/z 43 in organic mass spectrum), the fraction of CxHyO1+ fragment, and the H/C ratio at around 0800-1300 local time (LT) on NPF event and non-event days suggest that the less oxygenated organic aerosols (fresh BSOAs herein) were formed substantially during this time period. The increases of f44 (fraction of m/z 44 in organic mass spectrum), the fraction of CxOy+ fragment, and the O/C ratio after midday (around 1300 LT) on NPF event days suggest that organic aerosols were increasingly oxygenated, which can be explained by the aging of freshly-formed BSOA in this forest atmosphere. The heterogeneous and aqueous phase reactions of BSOA with oxidants were possibly the major aging pathways that explain the observed changes in the mass spectra of organic aerosols after midday on NPF event days. High relative humidity condition in this forest environment (hourly average: 74%-97%) suggests that the reactions of organics in the aqueous phase may have played a vital role in the aging of BSOA. Another possible cause of the changes in the organic mass spectra after midday on NPF event days is the uptake of semi-volatile species. The substantive formation of BSOA and their prompt aging may have made a dominant contribution to the growth of particles to the size of cloud condensation nuclei in the studied forest atmosphere.

Han, Y.; Iwamoto, Y.; Nakayama, T.; Kawamura, K.; Mochida, M.

2013-12-01

198

Modeling Organic Aerosols during MILAGRO: Application of the CHIMERE Model and Importance of Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosols  

SciTech Connect

The meso-scale chemistry-transport model CHIMERE is used to assess our understanding of major sources and formation processes leading to a fairly large amount of organic aerosols [OA, including primary OA (POA) and secondary OA (SOA)] observed in Mexico City during the MILAGRO field project (March 2006). Chemical analyses of submicron aerosols from aerosol mass spectrometers (AMS) indicate that organic particles found in the Mexico City basin have a large fraction of oxygenated organic species (OOA), which have strong correspondence with SOA, and that their production actively continues downwind of the city. The SOA formation is modeled here by the first-generation oxidation of anthropogenic (i.e., aromatics, alkanes) and biogenic (i.e., monoterpenes and isoprene) precursors and their partitioning into both organic and aqueous phases. The near-surface model evaluation shows that predicted OA correlates reasonably well with measurements during the campaign, however it remains a factor of 2 lower than the measured total OA. Fairly good agreement is found between predicted and observed POA within the city suggesting that anthropogenic and biomass burning emissions are reasonably captured. Consistent with previous studies in Mexico City, large discrepancies are encountered for SOA species, with a factor of 5-10 model underestimate. When only anthropogenic SOA precursors were considered, the model was able to reproduce within a factor of two the sharp increase in SOA concentrations during the late morning at both urban and near-urban locations. However, predicted SOA concentrations were unrealistically low when photochemistry was not active, especially overnight. These nighttime discrepancies were not significantly reduced when greatly enhanced partitioning to the aerosol phase was assumed. Model sensitivity results suggest that observed nighttime SOA concentrations are strongly influenced by the regional background (~2µg/m3) from biogenic origin, which is transported from the coastal regions into the Mexico City basin. The relative contribution of biogenic SOA to monthly mean SOA levels is estimated to be more than 30% within the city and up to 65-90% at the regional scale (even in the immediate vicinity of the city), which is consistent with measurements of modern carbon during low biomass burning periods. The anthropogenic emissions of isoprene and its nighttime oxidation by NO3 were also found to enhance the SOA mean concentrations within the city by an additional 15%. Our results confirm the large underestimation of the SOA production by traditional models in polluted regions (estimated to 10-20 Tons within the Mexico City metropolitan area during the daytime), and emphasize for the first time the role of biogenic precursors in this region, indicating that they cannot be neglected in modeling studies.

Hodzic, Alma; Jimenez, Jose L.; Madronich, Sasha; Aiken, Allison; Bessagnet, Bertrand; Curci, Gabriele; Fast, Jerome D.; Lamarque, J.-F.; Onasch, Timothy B.; Roux, Gregory; Schauer, James J.; Stone, Elizabeth A.

2009-09-22

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Insights into the secondary fraction of the organic aerosol in a Mediterranean urban area: Marseille  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A comprehensive aerosol characterization was conducted at Marseille during summer, including organic (OC) and elemental carbon (EC), major ionic species, radiocarbon (14C), water-soluble OC and HULIS (HUmic LIke Substances), elemental composition and primary and secondary organic markers. This paper is the second paper of a two-part series that uses this dataset to investigate the sources of Organic Aerosol (OA). While the first paper investigates the primary sources (El Haddad et al., 2010), this second paper focuses on the secondary fraction of the organic aerosol. In the context of overall OC mass balance, primary OC (POC) contributes on average for only 22% and was dominated by vehicular emissions accounting on average for 17% of OC. As a result, 78% of OC mass cannot be attributed to the major primary sources and remains un-apportioned. Radiocarbon measurements suggest that more than 70% of this fraction is of non-fossil origin, assigned predominantly to biogenic secondary organic carbon (BSOC). Therefore, contributions from three traditional BSOC precursors, isoprene, alpha -pinene and ?-caryophyllene, were considered. These were estimated using the ambient concentrations of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) markers from each precursor and laboratory-derived marker mass fraction factors. Secondary organic markers derived from isoprene photo-oxidation (ie: 2-methylglyceric acid and 2-methyltetrols) do not exhibit the same temporal trends. This variability was assigned to the influence of NOx concentration on their formation pathways and to their potential decay by further processing in the atmosphere. The influence of changes in isoprene chemistry on assessment of isoprene SOC contribution was evaluated explicitly. The results suggest a 60-fold variation between the different estimates computed using different isoprene SOC markers, implying that the available profiles do not reflect the actual isoprene SOC composition observed in Marseille. Using the marker-based approach, the aggregate contribution from traditional BSOC was estimated at only 4.2% of total OC and was dominated by ?-pinene SOC accounting on average for 3.4% of OC. As a result, these estimates underpredict the inexplicably high loadings of OC. This underestimation can be associated with (1) uncertainties underlying the marker-based approach, (2) presence of other SOC precursors and (3) further processing of fresh SOC, as indicated by organosulfates (RSO4H) and HUmic LIke Substances (HULIS) measurements.

El Haddad, I.; Marchand, N.; Temime-Roussel, B.; Wortham, H.; Piot, C.; Besombes, J.-L.; Baduel, C.; Voisin, D.; Armengaud, A.; Jaffrezo, J.-L.

2011-03-01

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Chemical composition and size distribution of secondary organic aerosol formed from the photooxidation of isoprene.  

PubMed

Photooxidation of isoprene leads to the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). In this study, the chemical composition of SOA formed from OH-initiated photooxidation of isoprene has been investigated with gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) and a home-made aerosol time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Sampling particles generated in a home-made smog chamber. The size distribution of SOA particles was detected by a TSI 3321 aerodynamic particle size spectrometer in real time. Results showed that SOA created by isoprene photooxidation was predominantly in the form of fine particles, which have diameters less than 2.5 microm. The obtained mass spectra of individual particles show that products of the OH-initiated oxidation of isoprene contain methyl vinyl ketone, methacrolein, formaldehyde, and some other hydroxycarbonyls. The possible reaction mechanisms leading to these products were also discussed. PMID:20108685

Liu, Xianyun; Zhang, Weijun; Wang, Zhenya; Zhao, Weixiong; Tao, Ling; Yang, Xibin

2009-01-01

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Biogenic potassium salt particles as seeds for secondary organic aerosol in the Amazon.  

PubMed

The fine particles serving as cloud condensation nuclei in pristine Amazonian rainforest air consist mostly of secondary organic aerosol. Their origin is enigmatic, however, because new particle formation in the atmosphere is not observed. Here, we show that the growth of organic aerosol particles can be initiated by potassium-salt-rich particles emitted by biota in the rainforest. These particles act as seeds for the condensation of low- or semi-volatile organic compounds from the atmospheric gas phase or multiphase oxidation of isoprene and terpenes. Our findings suggest that the primary emission of biogenic salt particles directly influences the number concentration of cloud condensation nuclei and affects the microphysics of cloud formation and precipitation over the rainforest. PMID:22936773

Pöhlker, Christopher; Wiedemann, Kenia T; Sinha, Bärbel; Shiraiwa, Manabu; Gunthe, Sachin S; Smith, Mackenzie; Su, Hang; Artaxo, Paulo; Chen, Qi; Cheng, Yafang; Elbert, Wolfgang; Gilles, Mary K; Kilcoyne, Arthur L D; Moffet, Ryan C; Weigand, Markus; Martin, Scot T; Pöschl, Ulrich; Andreae, Meinrat O

2012-08-31

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Biogenic Potassium Salt Particles as Seeds for Secondary Organic Aerosol in the Amazon  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The fine particles serving as cloud condensation nuclei in pristine Amazonian rainforest air consist mostly of secondary organic aerosol. Their origin is enigmatic, however, because new particle formation in the atmosphere is not observed. Here, we show that the growth of organic aerosol particles can be initiated by potassium-salt-rich particles emitted by biota in the rainforest. These particles act as seeds for the condensation of low- or semi-volatile organic compounds from the atmospheric gas phase or multiphase oxidation of isoprene and terpenes. Our findings suggest that the primary emission of biogenic salt particles directly influences the number concentration of cloud condensation nuclei and affects the microphysics of cloud formation and precipitation over the rainforest.

Pöhlker, Christopher; Wiedemann, Kenia T.; Sinha, Bärbel; Shiraiwa, Manabu; Gunthe, Sachin S.; Smith, Mackenzie; Su, Hang; Artaxo, Paulo; Chen, Qi; Cheng, Yafang; Elbert, Wolfgang; Gilles, Mary K.; Kilcoyne, Arthur L. D.; Moffet, Ryan C.; Weigand, Markus; Martin, Scot T.; Pöschl, Ulrich; Andreae, Meinrat O.

2012-08-01

203

Influence of vapor wall loss in laboratory chambers on yields of secondary organic aerosol  

PubMed Central

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) constitutes a major fraction of submicrometer atmospheric particulate matter. Quantitative simulation of SOA within air-quality and climate models—and its resulting impacts—depends on the translation of SOA formation observed in laboratory chambers into robust parameterizations. Worldwide data have been accumulating indicating that model predictions of SOA are substantially lower than ambient observations. Although possible explanations for this mismatch have been advanced, none has addressed the laboratory chamber data themselves. Losses of particles to the walls of chambers are routinely accounted for, but there has been little evaluation of the effects on SOA formation of losses of semivolatile vapors to chamber walls. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that such vapor losses can lead to substantially underestimated SOA formation, by factors as much as 4. Accounting for such losses has the clear potential to bring model predictions and observations of organic aerosol levels into much closer agreement.

Zhang, Xuan; Cappa, Christopher D.; Jathar, Shantanu H.; McVay, Renee C.; Ensberg, Joseph J.; Kleeman, Michael J.; Seinfeld, John H.

2014-01-01

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Evidence of aqueous secondary organic aerosol formation from biogenic emissions in the North American Sonoran Desert  

PubMed Central

This study examines the role of aqueous secondary organic aerosol formation in the North American Sonoran Desert as a result of intense solar radiation, enhanced moisture, and biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs). The ratio of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) to organic carbon (OC) nearly doubles during the monsoon season relative to other seasons of the year. When normalized by mixing height, the WSOC enhancement during monsoon months relative to preceding dry months (May–June) exceeds that of sulfate by nearly a factor of 10. WSOC:OC and WSOC are most strongly correlated with moisture parameters, temperature, and concentrations of O3 and BVOCs. No positive relationship was identified between WSOC or WSOC:OC and anthropogenic tracers such as CO over a full year. This study points at the need for further work to understand the effect of BVOCs and moisture in altering aerosol properties in understudied desert regions.

Youn, Jong-Sang; Wang, Zhen; Wonaschutz, Anna; Arellano, Avelino; Betterton, Eric A.; Sorooshian, Armin

2013-01-01

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Evidence of aqueous secondary organic aerosol formation from biogenic emissions in the North American Sonoran Desert  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

study examines the role of aqueous secondary organic aerosol formation in the North American Sonoran Desert as a result of intense solar radiation, enhanced moisture, and biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs). The ratio of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) to organic carbon (OC) nearly doubles during the monsoon season relative to other seasons of the year. When normalized by mixing height, the WSOC enhancement during monsoon months relative to preceding dry months (May-June) exceeds that of sulfate by nearly a factor of 10. WSOC:OC and WSOC are most strongly correlated with moisture parameters, temperature, and concentrations of O3 and BVOCs. No positive relationship was identified between WSOC or WSOC:OC and anthropogenic tracers such as CO over a full year. This study points at the need for further work to understand the effect of BVOCs and moisture in altering aerosol properties in understudied desert regions.

Youn, Jong-Sang; Wang, Zhen; Wonaschütz, Anna; Arellano, Avelino; Betterton, Eric A.; Sorooshian, Armin

2013-07-01

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Assessment of vapor pressure estimation methods for secondary organic aerosol modeling  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Vapor pressure ( Pvap) is a fundamental property controlling the gas-particle partitioning of organic species. Therefore this pure substance property is a critical parameter for modeling the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA). Structure-property relationships are needed to estimate Pvap because (i) very few experimental data for Pvap are available for semi-volatile organics and (ii) the number of contributors to SOA is extremely large. The Lee and Kesler method, a modified form of the Mackay equation, the Myrdal and Yalkowsky method and the UNIFAC- pLo method are commonly used to estimate Pvap in gas-particle partitioning models. The objectives of this study are (i) to assess the accuracy of these four methods on a large experimental database selected to be representative of SOA contributors and (ii) to compare the estimates provided by the various methods for compounds detected in the aerosol phase.

Camredon, Marie; Aumont, Bernard

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Influence of vapor wall loss in laboratory chambers on yields of secondary organic aerosol.  

PubMed

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) constitutes a major fraction of submicrometer atmospheric particulate matter. Quantitative simulation of SOA within air-quality and climate models-and its resulting impacts-depends on the translation of SOA formation observed in laboratory chambers into robust parameterizations. Worldwide data have been accumulating indicating that model predictions of SOA are substantially lower than ambient observations. Although possible explanations for this mismatch have been advanced, none has addressed the laboratory chamber data themselves. Losses of particles to the walls of chambers are routinely accounted for, but there has been little evaluation of the effects on SOA formation of losses of semivolatile vapors to chamber walls. Here, we experimentally demonstrate that such vapor losses can lead to substantially underestimated SOA formation, by factors as much as 4. Accounting for such losses has the clear potential to bring model predictions and observations of organic aerosol levels into much closer agreement. PMID:24711404

Zhang, Xuan; Cappa, Christopher D; Jathar, Shantanu H; McVay, Renee C; Ensberg, Joseph J; Kleeman, Michael J; Seinfeld, John H

2014-04-22

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Dimer esters in ?-pinene secondary organic aerosol: effect of hydroxyl radical, ozone, relative humidity and aerosol acidity  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from both ozonolysis and hydroxyl radical (OH)-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene under conditions of high nitric oxide (NO) concentrations with varying relative humidity (RH) and aerosol acidity was investigated in the University of North Carolina dual outdoor smog chamber facility. SOA formation from ozonolysis of ?-pinene was enhanced relative to that from OH-initiated oxidation in the presence of initially high NO conditions. However, no effect of RH on SOA mass was evident. Ozone (O3)-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence of ammonium sulfate (AS) seed coated with organic aerosol from OH-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene showed reduced nucleation compared to ozonolysis in the presence of pure AS seed aerosol. The chemical composition of ?-pinene SOA was investigated by ultra-performance liquid chromatography/electrospray ionization high-resolution quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC/ESI-HR-Q-TOFMS), with a focus on the formation of carboxylic acids and high-molecular weight dimer esters. A total of eight carboxylic acids and four dimer esters were identified, constituting between 8 and 12% of the total ?-pinene SOA mass. OH-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene in the presence of nitrogen oxides (NOx) resulted in the formation of highly oxidized carboxylic acids, such as 3-methyl-1,2,3-butanetricarboxylic acid (MBTCA) and diaterpenylic acid acetate (DTAA). The formation of dimer esters was observed only in SOA produced from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene in the absence of NOx, with increased concentrations by a~factor of two at higher RH (50-90%) relative to lower RH (30-50%). The increased formation of dimer esters correlates with an observed increase in new particle formation at higher RH due to nucleation. Increased aerosol acidity was found to have a negligible effect on the formation of the dimer esters. SOA mass yield did not influence the chemical composition of SOA formed from ?-pinene ozonolysis with respect to carboxylic acids and dimer esters. The results support the formation of the high-molecular weight dimer esters through gas-phase reactions of the stabilized Criegee Intermediate (sCI) formed from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene. The high molecular weight and polar nature of dimer esters formed in the gas-phase may explain increased particle number concentration as a~result of homogenous nucleation. Since three of these dimer esters (i.e., pinyl-diaterpenyl ester (MW 358), pinyl-diaterebyl ester (MW 344) and pinonyl-pinyl ester (MW 368)) have been observed in both laboratory-generated and ambient fine organic aerosol samples, we conclude that the dimer esters observed in this study can be used as tracers for the O3-initiated oxidation of ?-pinene, and are therefore indicative of enhanced anthropogenic activities, and that the high molecular weight and low volatility esters result in homogenous nucleation under laboratory conditions, increasing the particle number concentration.

Kristensen, K.; Cui, T.; Zhang, H.; Gold, A.; Glasius, M.; Surratt, J. D.

2013-12-01

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Effects of ecological factors on secondary metabolites and inorganic elements of Scutellaria baicalensis and analysis of geoherblism.  

PubMed

This study analyzed the effects of ecological factors on secondary metabolites of Scutellaria baicalensis using two sources: 92 individual roots of S. baicalensis from all over China, and secondary metabolites, medicinal materials and inorganic element contents obtained from the testing of 92 S. baicalensis rhizosphere soil samples. The study used environmental data from the Genuine Medicinal Material Spatial Analysis Database. Most of the chemical constituents of S. baicalensis were negatively correlated to latitude and positively correlated to temperature; generally, the contents of 21 chemical constituents were higher at low latitudes than that at high latitudes. By gradual regression analysis, it was found that the content of baicalin in S. baicalensis was negatively correlated to latitude and generally the content of inorganic elements in soil was excessively high (excluding Mg and Ca), which has a negative effect on the accumulation of chemical constituents in S. baicalensis. Based on the cluster analysis of 21 constituents, S. baicalensis from different places of origin was divided into two groups, and S. baicalensis was not genuine only in a specific small region. Within the zone from Chifeng, Inner Mongolia to Taibai, Shaanxi is suitable for accumulation of secondary metabolites of S. baicalensis and such a zone represents a suitable distribution and potential genuine producing area. PMID:24203454

Guo, Lanping; Wang, Sheng; Zhang, Ji; Yang, Guang; Zhao, Manxi; Ma, Weifeng; Zhang, Xiaobo; Li, Xuan; Han, Bangxing; Chen, Naifu; Huang, Luqi

2013-11-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation from gasoline vehicle emissions in a new mobile environmental reaction chamber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We present a new mobile environmental reaction chamber for the simulation of the atmospheric aging of different emission sources without limitation from the instruments or facilities available at any single site. Photochemistry is simulated using a set of 40 UV lights (total power 4 KW). Characterisation of the emission spectrum of these lights shows that atmospheric aging of emissions may be simulated over a range of temperatures (-7 to 25 °C). A photolysis rate of NO2, JNO2, of (8.0 ± 0.7) × 10-3 s-1 was determined at 25 °C. We demonstrate the utility of this new system by presenting results on the aging (OH = 12 × 106 cm-3 h) of emissions from a modern (Euro 5) gasoline car operated during a driving cycle (New European Driving Cycle, NEDC) on a chassis dynamometer in a vehicle test cell. Emissions from the entire NEDC were sampled and aged in the chamber. Total organic aerosol (OA; primary organic aerosol (POA) emission + secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation) was (369.8-397.5)10-3 g kg-1 fuel, or (13.2-15.4) × 10-3 g km-1, after aging, with aged OA/POA in the range 9-15. A thorough investigation of the composition of the gas phase emissions suggests that the observed SOA is from previously unconsidered precursors and processes. This large enhancement in particulate matter mass from gasoline vehicle aerosol emissions due to SOA formation, if it occurs across a wider range of gasoline vehicles, would have significant implications for our understanding of the contribution of on-road gasoline vehicles to ambient aerosols.

Platt, S. M.; El Haddad, I.; Zardini, A. A.; Clairotte, M.; Astorga, C.; Wolf, R.; Slowik, J. G.; Temime-Roussel, B.; Marchand, N.; Ježek, I.; Drinovec, L.; Mo?nik, G.; Möhler, O.; Richter, R.; Barmet, P.; Bianchi, F.; Baltensperger, U.; Prévôt, A. S. H.

2013-09-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation and composition from the photo-oxidation of methyl chavicol (estragole)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The increasing demand for palm oil for uses in biofuel and food products is leading to rapid expansion of oil palm agriculture. Methyl chavicol (also known as estragole and 1-allyl-4-methoxybenzene) is an oxygenated biogenic volatile organic compound (VOC) that was recently identified as the main floral emission from an oil palm plantation in Malaysian Borneo. The emissions of methyl chavicol observed may impact regional atmospheric chemistry, but little is known of its ability to form secondary organic aerosol (SOA). The photo-oxidation of methyl chavicol was investigated at the European Photoreactor chamber as a part of the atmospheric chemistry of methyl chavicol (ATMECH) project. Aerosol samples were collected using a particle into liquid sampler (PILS) and analysed offline using an extensive range of instruments including; high-performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry (HPLC-ITMS), high-performance liquid chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (HPLC-QTOFMS) and Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICR-MS). The SOA yield was determined as 18 and 29% for an initial VOC mixing ratio of 212 and 460 ppbv (parts per billion by volume) respectively; using a VOC:NOx ratio of ~5:1. In total, 59 SOA compounds were observed and the structures of 10 compounds have been identified using high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry. The addition of hydroxyl and/or nitro-functional groups to the aromatic ring appears to be an important mechanistic pathway for aerosol formation. This results in the formation of compounds with both low volatility and high O:C ratios, where functionalisation rather than fragmentation is mainly observed as a result of the stability of the ring. The SOA species observed can be characterised as semi-volatile to low-volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (SVOOA and LVOOA) components and therefore may be important in aerosol formation and growth.

Pereira, K. L.; Hamilton, J. F.; Rickard, A. R.; Bloss, W. J.; Alam, M. S.; Camredon, M.; Muñoz, A.; Vázquez, M.; Borrás, E.; Ródenas, M.

2014-06-01

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Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from reaction of isoprene with nitrate radicals (NO3)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the reaction of isoprene with nitrate radicals (NO3) is investigated in the Caltech indoor chambers. Experiments are performed in the dark and under dry conditions (RH<10%) using N2O5 as a source of NO3 radicals. For an initial isoprene concentration of 18.4 to 101.6 ppb, the SOA yield (defined as the ratio of the mass of organic aerosol formed to the mass of parent hydrocarbon reacted) ranges from 4.3% to 23.8%. By examining the time evolutions of gas-phase intermediate products and aerosol volume in real time, we are able to constrain the chemistry that leads to the formation of low-volatility products. Although the formation of ROOR from the reaction of two peroxy radicals (RO2) has generally been considered as a minor channel, based on the gas-phase and aerosol-phase data it appears that RO2+RO2 reaction (self reaction or cross-reaction) in the gas phase yielding ROOR products is a dominant SOA formation pathway. A wide array of organic nitrates and peroxides are identified in the aerosol formed and mechanisms for SOA formation are proposed. Using a uniform SOA yield of 10% (corresponding to Mo≅10 ?g m-3), it is estimated that ~2 to 3 Tg yr-1 of SOA results from isoprene + NO3. The extent to which the results from this study can be applied to conditions in the atmosphere depends on the fate of peroxy radicals (i.e. the relative importance of RO2+RO2 versus RO2+NO3 reactions) in the nighttime troposphere.

Ng, N. L.; Kwan, A. J.; Surratt, J. D.; Chan, A. W. H.; Chhabra, P. S.; Sorooshian, A.; Pye, H. O. T.; Crounse, J. D.; Wennberg, P. O.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2008-02-01

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Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from reaction of isoprene with nitrate radicals (NO3)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the reaction of isoprene with nitrate radicals (NO3) is investigated in the Caltech indoor chambers. Experiments are performed in the dark and under dry conditions (RH<10%) using N2O5 as a source of NO3 radicals. For an initial isoprene concentration of 18.4 to 101.6 ppb, the SOA yield (defined as the ratio of the mass of organic aerosol formed to the mass of parent hydrocarbon reacted) ranges from 4.3% to 23.8%. By examining the time evolutions of gas-phase intermediate products and aerosol volume in real time, we are able to constrain the chemistry that leads to the formation of low-volatility products. Although the formation of ROOR from the reaction of two peroxy radicals (RO2) has generally been considered as a minor channel, based on the gas-phase and aerosol-phase data it appears that RO2+RO2 reaction (self reaction or cross-reaction) in the gas phase yielding ROOR products is a dominant SOA formation pathway. A wide array of organic nitrates and peroxides are identified in the aerosol formed and mechanisms for SOA formation are proposed. Using a uniform SOA yield of 10% (corresponding to Mo?10 ?g m-3), it is estimated that ~2 to 3 Tg yr-1 of SOA results from isoprene+NO3. The extent to which the results from this study can be applied to conditions in the atmosphere depends on the fate of peroxy radicals in the nighttime troposphere.

Ng, N. L.; Kwan, A. J.; Surratt, J. D.; Chan, A. W. H.; Chhabra, P. S.; Sorooshian, A.; Pye, H. O. T.; Crounse, J. D.; Wennberg, P. O.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2008-08-01

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Effects of chemical aging on global secondary organic aerosol using the volatility basis set approach  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A global 3-D chemical transport model (GEOS-Chem) is used with the volatility basis set (VBS) approach to examine the effects of chemical aging on global secondary organic aerosol (SOA) concentrations and budgets. We present full-year simulations and their comparisons with the global aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS) dataset, the Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE) dataset from the United States, the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme (EMEP) dataset from Europe, and water-soluble organic carbon observation data collected over East Asia. Using different chemical aging constants, we find that the model results with 4 × 10-11 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 are in better agreement with all observations relative to the model results with other aging constants, without aging, and with the two-product approach. The model simulations are improved when chemical aging is considered, especially for rural regions. However, the simulations still underestimate observed oxygenated organic aerosol (OOA) in urban areas. Two sensitivity simulations including semi-volatile primary organic aerosol (POA) were conducted. We find that including semi-volatile POA improves the model in terms of the hydrogen-like organic aerosol (HOA) to OOA ratio. However, the total OA concentrations are not improved. The total SOA production is considerably increased by 53%, from 26.0 to 39.9 Tg yr-1, after considering chemical aging, remaining lower than top-down estimates of SOA production. Direct radiative forcing (DRF) increases by -0.07 W m-2 due to the chemical aging of SOA, which is comparable to the mean DRF (-0.13 W m-2) of OA from the AeroCom multi-model study. This result indicates considerable global and, more importantly, regional climate implications. For example, the regional DRF change due to chemical aging of SOA in the eastern US is -0.29 W m-2, which is 4 times greater in magnitude than the global mean value.

Jo, D. S.; Park, R. J.; Kim, M. J.; Spracklen, D. V.

2013-12-01

215

Temperature dependence of yields of secondary organic aerosols from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene and limonene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation has been investigated as a function of temperature and humidity for the ozone-initiated reaction of the two monoterpenes ?-pinene (243 313 K) and limonene (253 313 K) using the 84.5 m3 aerosol chamber AIDA. This paper gives an overview of the measurements done and presents parameters specifically useful for aerosol yield calculations. The ozonolysis reaction, selected oxidation products and subsequent aerosol formation were followed using several analytical techniques for both gas and condensed phase characterisation. The effective densities of the SOA were determined by comparing mass and volume size distributions to (1.25±0.10) g cm-3 for ?-pinene and (1.3±0.2) g cm-3 for limonene. The detailed aerosol dynamics code COSIMA-SOA proved to be essential for a comprehensive evaluation of the experimental results and for providing parameterisations directly applicable within atmospheric models. The COSIMA-assisted analysis succeeded to reproduce the observed time evolutions of SOA total mass, number and size distributions by adjusting the following properties of two oxidation product proxies: individual yield parameters (?i), partitioning coefficients (Ki), vapour pressures (pi) and effective accommodation coefficients (?i). For these properties temperature dependences were derived and parameterised. Vapour pressures and partitioning coefficients followed classical Clausius-Clapeyron temperature dependences. From this relationship enthalpies of vaporisation were derived for the two more and less volatile product proxies of ?-pinene: (59±8) kJ mol-1 and (24±9) kJ mol-1, and limonene: (55±14) kJ mol-1 and (25±12) kJ mol-1. The more volatile proxy components had a notably low enthalpy of vaporisation while the less volatile proxy components gave enthalpies of vaporisation comparable with those of typical products from ?-pinene oxidation, e.g. pinonaldehyde and pinonic acid.

Saathoff, H.; Naumann, K.-H.; Möhler, O.; Jonsson, Ã. M.; Hallquist, M.; Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Mentel, Th. F.; Tillmann, R.; Schurath, U.

2008-08-01

216

Temperature dependence of yields of secondary organic aerosols from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene and limonene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation has been investigated as a function of temperature and humidity for the ozone-initiated reaction of the two monoterpenes ?-pinene (243-313 K) and limonene (253-313 K) using the 84.5 m3 aerosol chamber AIDA. This paper gives an overview of the measurements done and presents parameters specifically useful for aerosol yield calculations. The ozonolysis reaction, selected oxidation products and subsequent aerosol formation were followed using several analytical techniques for both gas and condensed phase characterisation. The effective densities of the SOA were determined by comparing mass and volume size distributions to (1.25±0.10) g cm-3 for ?-pinene and (1.3±0.2) g cm-3 for limonene. The detailed aerosol dynamics code COSIMA-SOA proved to be essential for a comprehensive evaluation of the experimental results and for providing parameterisations directly applicable within atmospheric models. The COSIMA-assisted analysis succeeded to reproduce the observed time evolutions of SOA total mass, number and size distributions by adjusting the following properties of two oxidation product proxies: individual yield parameters (?i), partitioning coefficients (Ki), vapour pressures (pi) and effective accommodation coefficients (?i). For these properties temperature dependences were derived and parameterised. Vapour pressures and partitioning coefficients followed classical Clausius - Clapeyron temperature dependences. From this relationship enthalpies of vaporisation were derived for the two more and less volatile product proxies of ?-pinene: (59±8) kJ mol-1 and (24±9) kJ mol-1, and limonene: (55±14) kJ mol-1 and (25±12) kJ mol-1. The more volatile proxy components had a notably low enthalpy of vaporisation while the less volatile proxy components gave enthalpies of vaporisation comparable with those of typical products from ?-pinene oxidation, e.g. pinonaldehyde and pinonic acid.

Saathoff, H.; Naumann, K.-H.; Möhler, O.; Jonsson, Â. M.; Hallquist, M.; Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Mentel, Th. F.; Tillmann, R.; Schurath, U.

2009-03-01

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Semi-volatile secondary organic aerosol in urban atmospheres: meeting a measurement challenge  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ammonium nitrate and semi-volatile organic compounds are significant components of fine particles in urban atmospheres. These components, however, are not properly determined with current US EPA accepted methods such as the PM 2.5 FRM or other single filter samplers due to significant losses of semi-volatile material (SVM) from particles collected on the filter during sampling. Continuous PM 2.5 mass measurements are attempted using methods such as the R&P TEOM monitor. This method, however, heats the sample to remove particle-bound water which also results in evaporation of SVM. Research at Brigham Young University has resulted in samplers for both the integrated and continuous measurement of total PM 2.5, including the SVM. The PC-BOSS is a charcoal diffusion denuder based sampler for the determination of fine particulate chemical composition including the semi-volatile organic material. The RAMS is a modified TEOM monitor which includes diffusion denuders and Nafion dryers to remove gas phase material which can be absorbed by a charcoal sorbent filter. The RAMS then uses a "sandwich filter" consisting of a conventional particle collecting Teflon coated TX40 filter, followed by an activated charcoal sorbent filter which retains any semi-volatile ammonium nitrate or organic material lost from the particles collected on the TEOM monitor Teflon coated filter, thus allowing for determination of total PM 2.5 mass including the SVM. Recent research conducted by Brigham Young University using these two samplers has indicated the following about semi-volatile organic aerosol: The majority of semi-volatile fine particulate organic material is secondary organic aerosol. This semi-volatile organic aerosol is not retained on the heated filter of a regular TEOM monitor and hence is not measured by this sampling technique. In addition, secondary ammonium nitrate is also lost. Much of the semi-volatile organic aerosol is also lost during sampling from single filter samplers such as the PM 2.5 FRM sampler. The amount of semi-volatile organic aerosol lost from single filter samplers can vary from less than 1/3 that lost from heated TEOM filters during cold winter conditions to essentially all during warm summer conditions. Semi-volatile organic aerosol can only be reliably collected using an appropriate denuder sampler. Either a PM 2.5 FRM sampler or the IMPROVE sampler can be easily modified to a denuder sampler with filters which can be analyzed for semi-volatile OC, nonvolatile OC and EC using existing OC/EC analytical techniques. The research upon which these statements are based is summarized in this document.

Eatough, Delbert J.; Long, Russell W.; Modey, William K.; Eatough, Norman L.

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Persistent sensitivity of Asian aerosol to emissions of nitrogen oxides  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We use a chemical transport model and its adjoint to examine the sensitivity of secondary inorganic aerosol formation to emissions of precursor trace gases from Asia. Sensitivity simulations indicate that secondary inorganic aerosol mass concentrations are most sensitive to ammonia (NH3) emissions in winter and to sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions during the rest of the year. However, in the annual mean, the perturbations on Asian population-weighted ground-level secondary inorganic aerosol concentrations of 34% due to changing nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions are comparable to those from changing either SO2 (41%) or NH3 (25%) emissions. The persistent sensitivity to NOx arises from the regional abundance of NH3 over Asia that promotes ammonium nitrate formation. IASI satellite observations corroborate the NH3 abundance. Projected emissions for 2020 indicate continued sensitivity to NOx emissions. We encourage more attention to NOx controls in addition to SO2 and NH3 controls to reduce ground-level East Asian aerosol.

Kharol, S. K.; Martin, R. V.; Philip, S.; Vogel, S.; Henze, D. K.; Chen, D.; Wang, Y.; Zhang, Q.; Heald, C. L.

2013-03-01

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Near-infrared laser desorption/ionization aerosol mass spectrometry for investigating primary and secondary organic aerosols under low loading conditions.  

PubMed

A new method, near-infrared laser desorption/ionization aerosol mass spectrometry (NIR-LDI-AMS), is described for the real time analysis of organic aerosols at atmospherically relevant mass loadings. Use of a single NIR laser pulse to vaporize and ionize particle components deposited on an aluminum probe results in minimal fragmentation to produce exclusively intact pseudomolecular anions at [M-H](-). Limits of detection (total particulate mass sampled) for oxidized compounds of relevance to atmospheric primary and secondary organic aerosol range from 89 fg for pinic acid to 8.8 pg for cholesterol. NIR-LDI-AMS was used in conjunction with the University of Vermont Environmental Chamber to study secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from ozonolysis of limonene at total aerosol mass loadings ranging from 3.2 to 25.0 ?g m(-3) and with a time resolution of several minutes. NIR-LDI-AMS permitted direct delineation between gas-phase, homogeneous SOA formation and subsequent heterogeneous aerosol processing by ozone. PMID:20795651

Geddes, Scott; Nichols, Brian; Flemer, Stevenson; Eisenhauer, Jessica; Zahardis, James; Petrucci, Giuseppe A

2010-10-01

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Primary to secondary organic aerosol: evolution of organic emissions from mobile combustion sources  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A series of smog chamber experiments were conducted to investigate the transformation of primary organic aerosol (POA) and formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) during the photooxidation of dilute exhaust from a fleet of gasoline and diesel motor vehicles and two gas-turbine engines. In experiments where POA was present in the chamber at the onset of photooxidation, positive matrix factorization (PMF) was used to determine separate POA and SOA factors from aerosol mass spectrometer data. A 2-factor solution, with one POA factor and one SOA factor, was sufficient to describe the organic aerosol for gasoline vehicles, diesel vehicles, and one of the gas-turbine engines. Experiments with the second gas-turbine engine required a 3-factor PMF solution with a POA factor and two SOA factors. Results from the PMF analysis were compared to the residual method for determining SOA and POA mass concentrations. The residual method apportioned a larger fraction of the organic aerosol mass as POA because it assumes that all mass at m / z 57 is associated with POA. The POA mass spectrum for the gasoline and diesel vehicles exhibited high abundances of the CnH2n+1 series of ions (m / z 43, 57, etc.) and was similar to the mass spectra of the hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol factor determined from ambient data sets with one exception, a diesel vehicle equipped with a diesel oxidation catalyst. POA mass spectra for the gas-turbine engines are enriched in the CnH2n-1 series of ions (m / z 41, 55, etc.), consistent with the composition of the lubricating oil used in these engines. The SOA formed from the three sources exhibits high abundances of m / z 44 and 43, indicative of mild oxidation. The SOA mass spectra are consistent with less-oxidized ambient SV-OOA (semivolatile oxygenated organic aerosols) and fall within the triangular region of f44 versus f43 defined by ambient measurements. However there is poor absolute agreement between the experimentally derived SOA mass spectra and ambient OOA factors, though this poor agreement should be expected based on the variability of ambient OOA factors. Van Krevelen analysis of the POA and SOA factors for gasoline and diesel experiments reveal slopes of -0.50 and -0.40, respectively. This suggests that the oxidation chemistry in these experiments is a combination of carboxylic acid and alcohol/peroxide formation, consistent with ambient oxidation chemistry.

Presto, A. A.; Gordon, T. D.; Robinson, A. L.

2014-05-01

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Determination of oxygenated compounds in secondary organic aerosol from isoprene and toluene smog chamber experiments  

Microsoft Academic Search

The determination of multifunctional oxygenated compounds in secondary organic aerosols (SOA) usually requires a derivatisation protocol prior to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis (GC-MS). Our proposed protocol, a combination of O-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl) hydroxylamine (PFBHA) plus diluted N-methyl-N-trimethyl-silyltrifluoroacetamide (MSTFA) without catalyst, has improved the determination of carbonyls, polyhydroxyl-compounds, hydroxyl-carbonyls, hydroxyl-carboxylic acids and di-carboxylic acids. The optimised derivatisation protocol has been successfully used for

Esther Borrás; Luis Antonio Tortajada-Genaro

2012-01-01

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Determination of oxygenated compounds in secondary organic aerosol from isoprene and toluene smog chamber experiments  

Microsoft Academic Search

The determination of multifunctional oxygenated compounds in secondary organic aerosols (SOA) usually requires a derivatisation protocol prior to gas chromatography-mass spectrometry analysis (GC-MS). Our proposed protocol, a combination of O-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl) hydroxylamine (PFBHA) plus diluted N-methyl-N-trimethyl-silyltrifluoroacetamide (MSTFA) without catalyst, has improved the determination of carbonyls, polyhydroxyl-compounds, hydroxyl-carbonyls, hydroxyl-carboxylic acids and di-carboxylic acids. The optimised derivatisation protocol has been successfully used for

Esther Borrás; Luis Antonio Tortajada-Genaro

2011-01-01

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Carbonaceous and inorganic species in atmospheric aerosols during wintertime over urban and high-altitude sites in North India  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Synchronous sampling of bulk-aerosols, carried out during wintertime from the two strategically located sites in North India, reveals that total suspended particulates (TSP) over an urban site (Hisar: 29.2°N 75.7°E; 219 m asl) ranged from 67 to 396 ?g m-3; in contrast, TSP at Manora Peak (a high-altitude station: 29.4°N 79.5°E; 1950 m asl) was relatively low (range: 13.7 to 42.7 ?g m-3). At Hisar, on average, water-soluble ionic species (WSIS, range: 14.1 to 78.3 ?g m-3) contribute nearly one-fourth by weight to TSP, with dominant contribution from SO42-, NO3- and NH4+. The time series analysis over a span of 30 days shows somewhat uniform distribution of organic carbon/elemental carbon (OC/EC) ratio centering around 8.5 ± 2.2 at this urban site; and the water-soluble organic components (WSOC range: 6.7 to 42.0 ?g m-3) account for 11.5 % to the TSP concentration. Both WSOC and OC exhibit significant positive correlation with water-soluble K+ (r = 0.88 and 0.79 respectively), suggesting their dominant contribution from biomass burning. At Manora Peak, the chemical composition of ambient aerosols show characteristically lower abundances of WSIS (range: 2.0 to 9.9 ?g m-3) and WSOC (range: 1.4 to 6.0 ?g m-3); together they account for one-third of the TSP. The characteristic low abundances of OC (range: 2.8 to 6.9 ?g C m-3) and EC (range: 0.34 to 1.4 ?g C m-3) at this high-altitude site and their significant correlation with K+ and SO42- suggest contribution from long-range transport of anthropogenic species. This study represents a first comprehensive data set for documenting the chemical characteristics of ambient aerosols and source apportionment of EC, OC, WSIS and mineral dust over urban and high-altitude sites in north India, an important data set required for the south Asian region. If the observed OC/EC ratios far greater than ˜2 (unlike reported values in the literature for urban sites) and the semi-empirical estimates of secondary OC are typical of the annual average abundances in the ambient aerosols over north India, then the temporal and regional analyses of primary and secondary OC using the existing emission models require reassessment for this region.

Rengarajan, R.; Sarin, M. M.; Sudheer, A. K.

2007-11-01

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Modeling organic aerosols during MILAGRO: application of the CHIMERE model and importance of biogenic secondary organic aerosols  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The meso-scale chemistry-transport model CHIMERE is used to assess our understanding of major sources and formation processes leading to a fairly large amount of organic aerosols (OA, including primary OA (POA) and secondary OA (SOA)) observed in Mexico City during the MILAGRO field project (March 2006). Chemical analyses of submicron aerosols from aerosol mass spectrometers (AMS) indicate that organic particles found in the Mexico City basin contain a large fraction of oxygenated organic species (OOA) which have strong correspondence with SOA, and that their production actively continues downwind of the city. The SOA formation is modeled here by the one-step oxidation of anthropogenic (i.e. aromatics, alkanes), biogenic (i.e. monoterpenes and isoprene), and biomass-burning SOA precursors and their partitioning into both organic and aqueous phases. The near-surface model evaluation shows that predicted OA correlates reasonably well with measurements during the campaign, however it remains a factor of 2 lower than the measured total OA. Fairly good agreement is found between predicted and observed POA within the city suggesting that anthropogenic and biomass burning emissions are reasonably captured. Consistent with previous studies in Mexico City, large discrepancies are encountered for SOA, with a factor of 2-10 model underestimate. When only anthropogenic SOA precursors were considered, the model was able to reproduce within a factor of two the sharp increase in SOA concentrations during the late morning at both urban and near-urban locations but the discrepancy increases rapidly later in the day, consistent with previous results, and is especially obvious when the column-integrated SOA mass is considered instead of the surface concentration. The increase in the missing SOA mass in the afternoon coincides with the sharp drop in POA suggesting a tendency of the model to excessively evaporate the freshly formed SOA. Predicted SOA concentrations in our base case were extremely low when photochemistry was not active, especially overnight, as the SOA formed in the previous day was mostly quickly advected away from the basin. These nighttime discrepancies were not significantly reduced when greatly enhanced partitioning to the aerosol phase was assumed. Model sensitivity results suggest that observed nighttime SOA concentrations are strongly influenced by a regional background SOA (~1.5 ?g/m3) of biogenic origin which is transported from the coastal mountain ranges into the Mexico City basin. The relative contribution of biogenic SOA to monthly mean modeled SOA levels is estimated to be more than 30% within the city and up to 65-90% at the regional scale (even in the immediate vicinity of the city) which may help explain the significant amount of modern carbon in the aerosols inside the city during low biomass burning periods. The anthropogenic emissions of isoprene and its nighttime oxidation by NO3 were also found to enhance the SOA mean concentrations within the city by an additional 15%. Our results confirm the large underestimation of the SOA production by traditional models in polluted regions (estimated as 10-20 Tons within the Mexico City metropolitan area during the daily peak), and emphasize for the first time the role of biogenic precursors in this region, indicating that they cannot be neglected in modeling studies.

Hodzic, A.; Jimenez, J. L.; Madronich, S.; Aiken, A. C.; Bessagnet, B.; Curci, G.; Fast, J.; Lamarque, J. F.; Onasch, T. B.; Roux, G.; Ulbrich, I. M.

2009-05-01

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Organic aerosol formation from the reactive uptake of isoprene epoxydiols (IEPOX) onto non-acidified inorganic seeds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The reactive partitioning of cis and trans ?-IEPOX was investigated on hydrated inorganic seed particles, without the addition of acids. No organic aerosol (OA) formation was observed on dry ammonium sulfate (AS); however, prompt and efficient OA growth was observed for the cis and trans ?-IEPOX on AS seeds with liquid water contents of 40-75% of the total particle mass. OA formation from IEPOX is a kinetically-limited process; thus the OA growth continues if there is a reservoir of gas-phase IEPOX. There appears to be no differences, within error, in the OA growth or composition attributable to the cis/trans isomeric structures. Reactive uptake of IEPOX onto hydrated AS seeds with added base (NaOH) also produced high OA loadings, suggesting the pH-dependence for OA formation from IEPOX is weak for AS particles. No OA formation, after particle drying, was observed on seed particles where Na+ was substituted for NH4+. The Henry's Law partitioning of IEPOX was measured on NaCl particles (ionic strength ~9 M) to be 3 × 107 M atm-1. A small quantity of OA was produced when NH4+ was present in the particles, but the chloride (Cl-) anion was substituted for sulfate (SO42-), suggesting differences in nucleophilic strength of the anions. Online time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometry and offline filter analysis provide evidence of oxygenated hydrocarbons, organosulfates and, notably, amines in the particle organic composition. The results help explain the substantial quantities of ambient IEPOX-derived OA observed under neutralized conditions. Experiments and models aimed at understanding OA production from IEPOX, or other epoxides, should consider the NH4+ activity, in conjunction with H+ activity (i.e., particle acidity) and nucleophile activity.

Nguyen, T. B.; Coggon, M. M.; Bates, K. H.; Zhang, X.; Schwantes, R. H.; Schilling, K. A.; Loza, C. L.; Flagan, R. C.; Wennberg, P. O.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2013-10-01

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Organic aerosol formation from the reactive uptake of isoprene epoxydiols (IEPOX) onto non-acidified inorganic seeds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The reactive partitioning of cis and trans ?-IEPOX was investigated on hydrated inorganic seed particles, without the addition of acids. No organic aerosol (OA) formation was observed on dry ammonium sulfate (AS); however, prompt and efficient OA growth was observed for the cis and trans ?-IEPOX on AS seeds at liquid water contents of 40-75% of the total particle mass. OA formation from IEPOX is a kinetically limited process, thus the OA growth continues if there is a reservoir of gas-phase IEPOX. There appears to be no differences, within error, in the OA growth or composition attributable to the cis / trans isomeric structures. Reactive uptake of IEPOX onto hydrated AS seeds with added base (NaOH) also produced high OA loadings, suggesting the pH dependence for OA formation from IEPOX is weak for AS particles. No OA formation, after particle drying, was observed on seed particles where Na+ was substituted for NH4+. The Henry's Law partitioning of IEPOX was measured on NaCl particles (ionic strength ~9 M) to be 3 × 107 M atm-1 (-50 / +100%). A small quantity of OA was produced when NH4+ was present in the particles, but the chloride (Cl-) anion was substituted for sulfate (SO42-), possibly suggesting differences in nucleophilic strength of the anions. Online time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometry and offline filter analysis provide evidence of oxygenated hydrocarbons, organosulfates, and amines in the particle organic composition. The results are consistent with weak correlations between IEPOX-derived OA and particle acidity or liquid water observed in field studies, as the chemical system is nucleophile-limited and not limited in water or catalyst activity.

Nguyen, T. B.; Coggon, M. M.; Bates, K. H.; Zhang, X.; Schwantes, R. H.; Schilling, K. A.; Loza, C. L.; Flagan, R. C.; Wennberg, P. O.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2014-04-01

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[Characteristics of aerosol water-soluble inorganic ions in three types air-pollution incidents of Nanjing City].  

PubMed

In order to compare aerosol water-soluble inorganic species in different air-pollution periods, samples of PM10, PM2.1, PM1.1 and the main water-soluble ions (NH4+, Mg2+, Ca2+, Na+, K+, NO2(-), F(-), NO3(-), Cl(-), SO4(2-)) were measured, which were from 3 air-pollution incidents (continued pollution in October 16-30 of 2009, sandstorm pollution in April 27-30 of 2010, and crop burning pollution in June 14 of 2010. The results show that aerosol pollution of 3 periods is serious. The lowest PM2.1/PM10 is only 0.27, which is from sandstorm pollution period, while the largest is 0. 7 from crop burning pollution period. In continued pollution periods, NO3(-) and SO4(2-) are the dominant ions, and the total anions account for an average of 18.62%, 32.92% and 33.53% of PM10, PM2.1 and PM1.1. Total water-soluble ions only account for 13.36%, 23.72% and 28.54% of PM10, PM2.1 and PM1.1 due to the insoluble species is increased in sandstorm pollution period. The mass concentration of Ca2+ in sandstorm pollution period is higher than the other two pollution periods, and which is mainly in coarse particles with diameter larger than 1 microm. All the ten water-soluble ions are much higher in crop burning pollution especially K+ which is the tracer from crop burning. The peak mass concentrations of NO3(-), SO4(2-) and NH4+ are in 0.43-0.65 microm. PMID:22946180

Zhang, Qiu-Chen; Zhu, Bin; Su, Ji-Feng; Wang, Hong-Lei

2012-06-01

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Real-time continuous characterization of secondary organic aerosol derived from isoprene epoxydiols in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, using the Aerodyne Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor.  

PubMed

Real-time continuous chemical measurements of fine aerosol were made using an Aerodyne Aerosol Chemical Speciation Monitor (ACSM) during summer and fall 2011 in downtown Atlanta, Georgia. Organic mass spectra measured by the ACSM were analyzed by positive matrix factorization (PMF), yielding three conventional factors: hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol (HOA), semivolatile oxygenated organic aerosol (SV-OOA), and low-volatility oxygenated organic aerosol (LV-OOA). An additional OOA factor that contributed to 33 ± 10% of the organic mass was resolved in summer. This factor had a mass spectrum that strongly correlated (r(2) = 0.74) to that obtained from laboratory-generated secondary organic aerosol (SOA) derived from synthetic isoprene epoxydiols (IEPOX). Time series of this additional factor is also well correlated (r(2) = 0.59) with IEPOX-derived SOA tracers from filters collected in Atlanta but less correlated (r(2) < 0.3) with a methacrylic acid epoxide (MAE)-derived SOA tracer, ?-pinene SOA tracers, and a biomass burning tracer (i.e., levoglucosan), and primary emissions. Our analyses suggest IEPOX as the source of this additional factor, which has some correlation with aerosol acidity (r(2) = 0.3), measured as H(+) (nmol m(-3)), and sulfate mass loading (r(2) = 0.48), consistent with prior work showing that these two parameters promote heterogeneous chemistry of IEPOX to form SOA. PMID:23638946

Budisulistiorini, Sri Hapsari; Canagaratna, Manjula R; Croteau, Philip L; Marth, Wendy J; Baumann, Karsten; Edgerton, Eric S; Shaw, Stephanie L; Knipping, Eladio M; Worsnop, Douglas R; Jayne, John T; Gold, Avram; Surratt, Jason D

2013-06-01

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Modeling organic aerosols in a megacity: potential contribution of semi-volatile and intermediate volatility primary organic compounds to secondary organic aerosol formation  

Microsoft Academic Search

It has been established that observed local and regional levels of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) in polluted areas cannot be explained by the oxidation and partitioning of anthropogenic and biogenic VOC precursors, at least using current mechanisms and parameterizations. In this study, the 3-D regional air quality model CHIMERE is applied to estimate the potential contribution to SOA formation of

A. Hodzic; J. L. Jimenez; S. Madronich; M. R. Canagaratna; P. F. Decarlo; L. Kleinman; J. Fast

2010-01-01

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Secondary organic aerosol and the burning question of gasoline vs. diesel  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Emissions from gasoline and diesel vehicles are predominant anthropogenic sources of reactive gas-phase organic carbon and key precursors to Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) in urban areas. Their relative importance for aerosol formation is a controversial issue with implications for air quality control policy and public health. Using novel gas chromatography and mass spectrometry methods, we analyzed liquid gasoline and diesel fuel collected across the state of California during Summer 2010 and used it to assess field data from the CalNex (California at the Nexus of Air Quality and Climate Change) Bakersfield supersite and the Caldecott Tunnel in Oakland, CA. We present the most comprehensive data to date on the chemical composition, mass distribution, emissions, and SOA formation potential of gasoline and diesel sources. We find that diesel exhaust is 7 times more efficient at forming aerosol than gasoline exhaust and emits twice as much gas-phase organic carbon per liter of fuel burned. Yet, both sources are important for air quality; depending on a region's fuel use, diesel is responsible for 65-90% of vehicular-derived SOA, with substantial contributions from both aromatic and aliphatic hydrocarbons. We assess our results in the context of other studies and discuss their implications for regional air pollution policies, fuel regulations, and methodologies for future measurement, laboratory, and modeling studies.

Gentner, D. R.; Isaacman, G.; Worton, D. R.; Chan, A. W.; Dallmann, T. R.; Davis, L.; Liu, S.; Day, D. A.; Russell, L. M.; Wilson, K. R.; Weber, R.; Guha, A.; Harley, R. A.; Goldstein, A. H.

2012-12-01

231

Aqueous chemistry and yields of secondary organic aerosol formed from glyoxal and methylglyoxal in atmospheric waters  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospherically abundant, volatile, water soluble organic compounds formed through gas-phase oxidation (e.g., glyoxal, methylglyoxal, and acetic acid) have great potential to form secondary organic aerosol via aqueous chemistry (SOAaq) in clouds, fogs and wet aerosols. In this work, detailed reaction mechanisms and a full kinetic model were developed for aqueous OH radical oxidation of methylglyoxal and acetic acid; they were validated, in part, with laboratory experiments (Tan et al., 2012). This new model was combined with the previous glyoxal model (Lim et al., 2010), and used to simulate atmospheric concentration dynamics and estimate SOAaq yields. At cloud relevant concentrations, the major photooxidation products are oxalic and pyruvic acids, and simulated molar SOA yields are ~76-77% for glyoxal and ~64-65% for methylglyoxal, regardless of our assumptions regarding the continued production of precursor (i.e., for both batch and continuously stirred tank reactor assumptions). In the presence of ammonium ion, organic acid salt formation is expected to decrease product vapor pressures and increase SOA yields. In the concentrated solutions encountered in wet aerosols, oligomers form via organic radical-radical reactions; simulated molar SOA yields are ~40% for both glyoxal and methylglyoxal.

Lim, Y. B.; Tan, Y.; Ortiz-Montalvo, D. L.; Turpin, B. J.

2012-12-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation from ozone-initiated reactions with nicotine and secondhand tobacco smoke  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We used controlled laboratory experiments to evaluate the aerosol-forming potential of ozone reactions with nicotine and secondhand smoke. Special attention was devoted to real-time monitoring of the particle size distribution and chemical composition of SOA as they are believed to be key factors determining the toxicity of SOA. The experimental approach was based on using a vacuum ultraviolet photon ionization time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (VUV-AMS), a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS) and off-line thermal desorption coupled to mass spectrometry (TD-GC-MS) for gas-phase byproducts analysis. Results showed that exposure of SHS to ozone induced the formation of ultrafine particles (<100 nm) that contained high molecular weight nitrogenated species ( m/ z 400-500), which can be due to accretion/acid-base reactions and formation of oligomers. In addition, nicotine was found to contribute significantly (with yields 4-9%) to the formation of secondary organic aerosol through reaction with ozone. The main constituents of the resulting SOA were tentatively identified and a reaction mechanism was proposed to elucidate their formation. These findings identify a new component of thirdhand smoke that is associated with the formation of ultrafine particles (UFP) through oxidative aging of secondhand smoke. The significance of this chemistry for indoor exposure and health effects is highlighted.

Sleiman, Mohamad; Destaillats, Hugo; Smith, Jared D.; Liu, Chen-Lin; Ahmed, Musahid; Wilson, Kevin R.; Gundel, Lara A.

2010-11-01

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Soft ionization chemical analysis of secondary organic aerosol from green leaf volatiles emitted by turf grass.  

PubMed

Globally, biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions contribute 90% of the overall VOC emissions. Green leaf volatiles (GLVs) are an important component of plant-derived BVOCs, including cis-3-hexenylacetate (CHA) and cis-3-hexen-1-ol (HXL), which are emitted by cut grass. In this study we describe secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from the ozonolysis of dominant GLVs, their mixtures and grass clippings. Near-infrared laser desorption/ionization aerosol mass spectrometry (NIR-LDI-AMS) was used for chemical analysis of the aerosol. The chemical profile of SOA generated from grass clippings was correlated with that from chemical standards of CHA and HXL. We found that SOA derived from HXL most closely approximated SOA from turf grass, in spite of the approximately 5× lower emission rate of HXL as compared to CHA. Ozonolysis of HXL results in formation of low volatility, higher molecular weight compounds, such as oligomers, and formation of ester-type linkages. This is in contrast to CHA, where the hydroperoxide channel is the dominant oxidation pathway, as oligomer formation is inhibited by the acetate functionality. PMID:24666343

Jain, Shashank; Zahardis, James; Petrucci, Giuseppe A

2014-05-01

234

The formation, properties and impact of secondary organic aerosol: current and emerging issues  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) accounts for a significant fraction of ambient tropospheric aerosol and a detailed knowledge of the formation, properties and transformation of SOA is therefore required to evaluate its impact on atmospheric processes, climate and human health. The chemical and physical processes associated with SOA formation are complex and varied, and, despite considerable progress in recent years, a quantitative and predictive understanding of SOA formation does not exist and therefore represents a major research challenge in atmospheric science. This review begins with an update on the current state of knowledge on the global SOA budget and is followed by an overview of the atmospheric degradation mechanisms for SOA precursors, gas-particle partitioning theory and the analytical techniques used to determine the chemical composition of SOA. A survey of recent laboratory, field and modeling studies is also presented. The following topical and emerging issues are highlighted and discussed in detail: molecular characterization of biogenic SOA constituents, condensed phase reactions and oligomerization, the interaction of atmospheric organic components with sulfuric acid, the chemical and photochemical processing of organics in the atmospheric aqueous phase, aerosol formation from real plant emissions, interaction of atmospheric organic components with water, thermodynamics and mixtures in atmospheric models. Finally, the major challenges ahead in laboratory, field and modeling studies of SOA are discussed and recommendations for future research directions are proposed.

Hallquist, M.; Wenger, J. C.; Baltensperger, U.; Rudich, Y.; Simpson, D.; Claeys, M.; Dommen, J.; Donahue, N. M.; George, C.; Goldstein, A. H.; Hamilton, J. F.; Herrmann, H.; Hoffmann, T.; Iinuma, Y.; Jang, M.; Jenkin, M. E.; Jimenez, J. L.; Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Maenhaut, W.; McFiggans, G.; Mentel, Th. F.; Monod, A.; Prévôt, A. S. H.; Seinfeld, J. H.; Surratt, J. D.; Szmigielski, R.; Wildt, J.

2009-07-01

235

Chemical insights, explicit chemistry and yields of secondary organic aerosol from methylglyoxal and glyoxal  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospherically abundant, volatile water soluble organic compounds formed through gas phase chemistry (e.g., glyoxal (C2), methylglyoxal (C3) and acetic acid) have great potential to form secondary organic aerosol (SOA) via aqueous chemistry in clouds, fogs and wet aerosols. This paper (1) provides chemical insights into aqueous-phase OH radical-initiated reactions leading to SOA formation from methylglyoxal and (2) uses this and a previously published glyoxal mechanism (Lim et al., 2010) to provide SOA yields for use in chemical transport models. Detailed reaction mechanisms including peroxy radical chemistry and a full kinetic model for aqueous photochemistry of acetic acid and methylglyoxal are developed and validated by comparing simulations with the experimental results from previous studies (Tan et al., 2010, 2012). This new methylglyoxal model is then combined with the previous glyoxal model (Lim et al., 2010), and is used to simulate the profiles of products and to estimate SOA yields. At cloud relevant concentrations (∼ 10-6-∼ 10-3 M; Munger et al., 1995) of glyoxal and methylglyoxal, the major photooxidation products are oxalic acid and pyruvic acid, and simulated SOA yields (by mass) are ∼ 120% for glyoxal and ∼ 80% for methylglyoxal. Oligomerization of unreacted aldehydes during droplet evaporation could enhance yields. In wet aerosols, where total dissolved organics are present at much higher concentrations (∼ 10 M), the major products are oligomers formed via organic radical-radical reactions, and simulated SOA yields (by mass) are ∼ 90% for both glyoxal and methylglyoxal.

Lim, Y. B.; Tan, Y.; Turpin, B. J.

2013-02-01

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Laboratory studies on secondary organic aerosol formation from crude oil vapors.  

PubMed

Airborne measurements of aerosol composition and gas phase compounds over the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in June 2010 indicated the presence of high concentrations of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed from organic compounds of intermediate volatility. In this work, we investigated SOA formation from South Louisiana crude oil vapors reacting with OH in a Potential Aerosol Mass flow reactor. We use the dependence of evaporation time on the saturation concentration (C*) of the SOA precursors to separate the contribution of species of different C* to total SOA formation. This study shows consistent results with those at the DWH oil spill: (1) organic compounds of intermediate volatility with C* = 10(5)-10(6) ?g m(-3) contribute the large majority of SOA mass formed, and have much larger SOA yields (0.37 for C* = 10(5) and 0.21 for C* = 10(6) ?g m(-3)) than more volatile compounds with C*?10(7) ?g m(-3), (2) the mass spectral signature of SOA formed from oxidation of the less volatile compounds in the reactor shows good agreement with that of SOA formed at DWH oil spill. These results also support the use of flow reactors simulating atmospheric SOA formation and aging. PMID:24088179

Li, R; Palm, B B; Borbon, A; Graus, M; Warneke, C; Ortega, A M; Day, D A; Brune, W H; Jimenez, J L; de Gouw, J A

2013-11-01

237

Methyl-nitrocatechols: atmospheric tracer compounds for biomass burning secondary organic aerosols.  

PubMed

Detailed chemical analysis of wintertime PM?? collected at a rural village site in Germany showed the presence of a series of compounds that correlated very well with levoglucosan, a known biomass burning tracer compound. Nitrated aromatic compounds with molecular formula C?H?NO? (M(w) 169) correlated particularly well with levoglucosan, indicating that they originated from biomass burning as well. These compounds were identified as a series of methyl-nitrocatechol isomers (4-methyl-5-nitrocatechol, 3-methyl-5-nitrocatechol, and 3-methyl-6-nitrocatechol) based on the comparison of their chromatographic and mass spectrometric behaviors to those from reference compounds.Aerosol chamber experiments suggest that m-cresol, which is emitted from biomass burning at significant levels, is a precursor for the detected methyl-nitrocatechols. The total concentrations of these compounds in the wintertime PM??were as high as 29 ng m?³, indicating the secondary organic aerosol (SOA) originating from the oxidation of biomass burning VOCs contributed non-negligible amounts to the regional organic aerosol loading. PMID:20964362

Iinuma, Yoshiteru; Böge, Olaf; Gräfe, Ricarda; Herrmann, Hartmut

2010-11-15

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OH-initiated heterogeneous oxidation of internally-mixed squalane and secondary organic aerosol.  

PubMed

Recent work has established that secondary organic aerosol (SOA) can exist as an amorphous solid, leading to various suggestions that the addition of SOA coatings to existing particles will decrease the reactivity of those particles toward common atmospheric oxidants. Experimental evidence suggests that O3 is unable to physically diffuse through an exterior semisolid or solid layer thus inhibiting reaction with the core. The extent to which this suppression in reactivity occurs for OH has not been established, nor has this been demonstrated specifically for SOA. Here, measurements of the influence of adding a coating of ?-pinene+O3 SOA onto squalane particles on the OH-initiated heterogeneous oxidation rate are reported. The chemical composition of the oxidized internally mixed particles was monitored online using a vacuum ultraviolet-aerosol mass spectrometer. Variations in the squalane oxidation rate with particle composition were quantified by measurement of the effective uptake coefficient, ?eff, which is the loss rate of a species relative to the oxidant-particle collision rate. Instead of decreasing, the measured ?eff increased continuously as the SOA coating thickness increased, by a factor of ?2 for a SOA coating thickness of 42 nm (corresponding to ca. two-thirds of the particle mass). These results indicate that heterogeneous oxidation of ambient aerosol by OH radicals is not inhibited by SOA coatings, and further that condensed phase chemical pathways and rates in organic particles depend importantly on composition. PMID:24555558

Kolesar, Katheryn R; Buffaloe, Gina; Wilson, Kevin R; Cappa, Christopher D

2014-03-18

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Interpretation of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Diesel Exhaust Photooxidation in an Environmental Chamber  

SciTech Connect

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from diesel exhaust in a smog chamber was investigated. Particle volume measurement based on mobility diameter is shown to underestimate SOA formation from diesel exhaust due to the external void space of agglomerate particles, in which case mass-based measurement technique is necessary. Rapid determination of particle effective density as a function of particle mass was performed by an Aerosol Particle Mass analyzer – Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (APM-SMPS) to obtain particle mass concentration and fractal dimension. Continuous aging of aerosol was observed in terms of atomic ratio (O/C), from 0.05 to 0.25 in 12 hours, underscoring the importance of multi-generational oxidation of low-volatile organic vapors emitted from diesel engine as the significant source of oxygenated SOA. Experimental conditions possibly have strong impacts on physical evolution of diesel particulates in a smog chamber. Higher particle effective densities were observed when raw exhaust was injected into a full bag as opposed to filling a bag with diluted exhaust using an ejector diluter. When longer transfer line was used for injecting diesel exhaust into the smog chamber, rapid particle coagulation was observed, leading to increasing particle volume concentration in dark while its mass concentration is decreasing.

Nakao, Shunsuke; Shrivastava, ManishKumar B.; Nguyen, Anh; Jung, Hee-Jung; Cocker, David R.

2011-04-14

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Molecular speciation of secondary organic aerosol from photooxidation of the higher alkenes: 1-octene and 1-decene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Outdoor smog chamber photooxidations to determine the molecular composition of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from 1-octene and 1-decene in sunlight-irradiated hydrocarbon-NO x mixtures are reported. The observed products are consistent with the current understanding of alkene reactions with OH and O 3. Gas-phase mechanisms leading to the observed products are outlined. Heptanal, heptanoic acid, and dihydro-5-propyl-2(3H)-furanone were the dominant organics identified in 1-octene aerosol. The corresponding species in 1-decene aerosol were nonanal, nonanoic acid, and dihydro-5-pentyl-2(3H)-furanone. Measured aerosol yields from 1-octene and 1-decene experiments are also reported, and are found to correlate with organic mass concentration according to semi-volatile gas/particle partitioning theory. A new organic aerosol extraction procedure utilizing supercritical CO 2 extraction is outlined.

Forstner, Hali J. L.; Flagan, Richard C.; Seinfeld, John H.

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Implementing a Volatility Basis Set Approach for Simulation of Secondary Organic Aerosol and its Climatic Impacts in CESM-CAM5  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Organic aerosols (OA) affect climate by serving as cloud condensation nuclei, which impact the cloud droplet number concentration (CDNC) and ultimately the radiation budget of the planet through aerosol direct and indirect effects. Accurately quantifying OA in climate models is important as they account for 20-90% of submicron aerosols. In order to better represent the formation of OA and their impact on climate, a volatility basis set (VBS) approach for the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) has been implemented into the NCSU version of the Community Atmosphere Model version 5.1 (CAM5) in the Community Earth System Model (CESM). Compared to the officially released version of CESM/CAM5, the NCSU version used in this study features advanced inorganic aerosol treatments and aerosol activation parameterizations. In addition to the typical SOA precursors, SOA formation from semi-volatile primary organic aerosol (POA), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and glyoxal are being treated. To assess the performance of the improved model, two full year simulations of 2001 and 2010 will be conducted and evaluated against available observations including the total organic carbon (TOC) measurements from the Interagency Monitoring of Protected Visual Environments (IMPROVE), total carbon (TC) measurements from Speciation Trends Network (STN), and global aerosol mass spectrometer measurements of hydrocarbon-like aerosol (HOA) and oxygenated organic aerosol (OOA). Preliminary simulations for summer 2001 show that the VBS treatment increases the SOA concentration by 0.2 ?g m-3 on global average but by 0.6-9.7 ?g m-3 over Europe, East Asia, and North America. There is, however, a slight decrease in the SOA formed over rainforest areas; resulting from differences in SOA production from a single lumped precursor in the default treatment verses the species-dependent treatment in the VBS treatment. Compared to the baseline simulation, the simulation with the VBS treatment tends to improve TC predictions at the STN sites but deteriorate TOC predictions at the IMPROVE sites. The discrepancy between the evaluation at the largely rural IMPROVE and largely urban STN sites indicates the emissions from urban regions may be misrepresented by spatially interpolating emissions from a finer scales to a coarse resolution (0.9° by 1.25°) used in the simulation. The TOC and TC overpredictions with the VBS treatment may be caused in part by overestimations of POA emissions, as reflected by the > 83% overprediction of global HOA concentrations. The evaluation of SOA against global OOA data shows much smaller underpredictions (by 7% vs. 88%) with the VBS treatment. The additional SOA increases the global average column aerosol diameter and thus CDNC and the absolute value of shortwave cloud forcing. These results imply that OA have a strong impact on the climate system but improvements are needed in the representations of both the natural and anthropogenic emissions of organic species as well as the SOA formation mechanisms in global climate and Earth system models in order to reduce the uncertainties in the predicted climatic effects of aerosols.

Glotfelty, T.; He, J.; Gantt, B.; Zhang, Y.

2013-12-01

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Gas phase emissions from cooking processes and their secondary aerosol production potential  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Long before the industrial evolution and the era of fossil fuels, high concentrations of aerosol particles were alluded to in heavily populated areas, including ancient Rome and medieval London. Recent radiocarbon measurements (14C) conducted in modern megacities came as a surprise: carbonaceous aerosol (mainly organic aerosol, OA), a predominant fraction of particulate matter (PM), remains overwhelmingly non-fossil despite extensive fossil fuel combustion. Such particles are directly emitted (primary OA, POA) or formed in-situ in the atmosphere (secondary OA, SOA) via photochemical reactions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Urban levels of non-fossil OA greatly exceed the levels measured in pristine environments strongly impacted by biogenic emissions, suggesting a contribution from unidentified anthropogenic non-fossil sources to urban OA. Positive matrix factorization (PMF) techniques applied to ambient aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS, Aerodyne) data identify primary cooking emissions (COA) as one of the main sources of primary non-fossil OA in major cities like London (Allan et al., 2010), New York (Sun et al., 2011) and Beijing (Huang et al., 2010). Cooking processes can also emit VOCs that can act as SOA precursors, potentially explaining in part the high levels of oxygenated OA (OOA) identified by the AMS in urban areas. However, at present, the chemical nature of these VOCs and their secondary aerosol production potential (SAPP) remain virtually unknown. The approach adopted here involves laboratory quantification of PM and VOC emission factors from the main primary COA emitting processes and their SAPP. Primary emissions from deep-fat frying, vegetable boiling, vegetable frying and meat cooking for different oils, meats and vegetables were analysed under controlled conditions after ~100 times dilution. A high-resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) and a high resolution proton transfer time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PTR-ToF-MS) were used to quantify OA and VOC emissions, respectively. SOA production potential of the different emissions was quantified by introducing them into the PSI mobile smog chamber and a potential aerosol chamber (PAM) where they were photochemically aged. The measurements of primary emissions suggest that the COA factor identified in ambient atmospheric aerosols is mostly related to fat release from frying with vegetable oils or grilling fatty-meats. In contrast, vegetable cooking (boiling and frying) was associated with significant VOC emissions. The VOC emissions from frying consist mainly of aldehydes which are formed through breaking of fatty acids. Gas phase composition, emission factors and SAPP from all these processes will be presented. This work was supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation as well as the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Community's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n.° 290605 (COFUND: PSI-FELLOW). J. Allan et al, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10, 647-668 (2010) X.-F. Huang et al, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10, 8933-8945 (2010) Y.-L. Sun et al, Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11, 1581-1602 (2011)

Klein, Felix; Platt, Stephen; Bruns, Emily; Termime-roussel, Brice; Detournay, Anais; Mohr, Claudia; Crippa, Monica; Slowik, Jay; Marchand, Nicolas; Baltensperger, Urs; Prevot, Andre; El Haddad, Imad

2014-05-01

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Aging of Secondary Organic Aerosol from ?-Pinene: Changes in Chemical Composition, Density and Morphology  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOC) are emitted in large quantities into the atmosphere. These VOC, which includes ?-pinene, can react to produce secondary organic aerosols (SOA), which contribute to a substantial fraction of ambient organic aerosols and are known to adversely affect visibility, climate and health. Despite this, the current knowledge regarding the SOA composition, their physical properties and the chemical aging processes they undergo in the atmosphere is limited. In this study, chemical aging of SOA generated from the photooxidation of ?-pinene was investigated in the York University smog chamber. The formation and aging of both gas and particle phase products were analyzed using an atmospheric pressure chemical ionization triple quadrupole mass spectrometer. The density of secondary organic matter was also simultaneously measured over the course of the aging experiments, allowing us to improve our understanding in changes in particle composition that may occur. In addition, particle phase and shape was investigated for generated particles from ?-pinene oxidation by scanning electron microscope (SEM). Results of this work, including particle density and morphology will be presented as well as comparisons of gas and particle phase products time profiles during aging.

Sarrafzadeh, M.; Hastie, D. R.

2013-12-01

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Contribution of Glyoxal to Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in Los Angeles  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Glyoxal (CHOCHO) is the simplest alpha-dicarbonyl and one of the most prevalent dicarbonyls in the atmosphere. It is an oxidation product of isoprene, and is also formed from the photooxidation of anthropogenic hydrocarbons, including aromatics and ethyne. In addition to its importance as a source of HOx, previous studies indicate that glyoxal reacts heterogeneously to form secondary organic aerosol. For the CalNex field campaign during summer 2010, we deployed a new glyoxal field instrument in Pasadena, California. This instrument consists of a broadband LED light source coupled to a cavity enhanced absorption spectrometer (IBBCEAS). The effective pathlength of the instrument is approximately 18 km. The measurement precision of the glyoxal instrument allows us to observe diurnal variability and trends. The glyoxal measurements were co-located with a comprehensive set of hydrocarbon measurements. These included the important photochemical precursors for CHOCHO, with measurements of isoprene, ethyne, ethene, monoterpenes, aromatics, and methylbutenol. We use the precursor concentrations to evaluate expected glyoxal concentrations. The difference between the expected gas-phase production of glyoxal and the measured concentrations indicates the contribution that glyoxal makes to secondary organic aerosol formation in Los Angeles.

Washenfelder, R. A.; Young, C. J.; Brown, S. S.; Gilman, J. B.; Kuster, W. C.; de Gouw, J. A.

2010-12-01

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Contribution of fungi to primary biogenic aerosols in the atmosphere: wet and dry discharged spores, carbohydrates, and inorganic ions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biogenic aerosols play important roles in atmospheric chemistry physics, the biosphere, climate, and public health. Here, we show that fungi which actively discharge their spores with liquids into the air, in particular actively wet spore discharging Ascomycota (AAM) and actively wet spore discharging Basidiomycota (ABM), are a major source of primary biogenic aerosol particles and components. We present the first estimates for the global average emission rates of fungal spores. Measurement results and budget calculations based on investigations in Amazonia (Balbina, Brazil, July 2001) indicate that the spores of AAM and ABM may account for a large proportion of coarse particulate matter in tropical rainforest regions during the wet season (0.7-2.3 ?g m-3). For the particle diameter range of 1-10 ?m, the estimated proportions are ~25% during day-time, ~45% at night, and ~35% on average. For the sugar alcohol mannitol, the budget calculations indicate that it is suitable for use as a molecular tracer for actively wet discharged basidiospores (ABS). ABM emissions seem to account for most of the atmospheric abundance of mannitol (10-68 ng m-3), and can explain the observed diurnal cycle (higher abundance at night). ABM emissions of hexose carbohydrates might also account for a significant proportion of glucose and fructose in air particulate matter (7-49 ng m-3), but the literature-derived ratios are not consistent with the observed diurnal cycle (lower abundance at night). AAM emissions appear to account for a large proportion of potassium in air particulate matter over tropical rainforest regions during the wet season (17-43 ng m-3), and they can also explain the observed diurnal cycle (higher abundance at night). The results of our investigations and budget calculations for tropical rainforest aerosols are consistent with measurements performed at other locations. Based on the average abundance of mannitol reported for extratropical continental boundary layer air (~25 ng m-3), we have also calculated a value of ~17 Tg yr-1 as a first estimate for the global average emission rate of ABS over land surfaces, which is consistent with the typically observed concentrations of ABS (~10³-104 m-3; ~0.1-1 ?g m-3). The global average atmospheric abundance and emission rate of total fungal spores, including wet and dry discharged species, are estimated to be higher by a factor of about three, i.e. 1 ?g m-3 and ~50 Tg yr-1. Comparisons with estimated rates of emission and formation of other major types of organic aerosol (~47 Tg yr-1 of anthropogenic primary organic aerosol; 12-70 Tg yr-1 of secondary organic aerosol) indicate that emissions from fungi should be taken into account as a significant global source of organic aerosol. The effects of fungal spores and related chemical components might be particularly important in tropical regions, where both physicochemical processes in the atmosphere and biological activity at the Earth's surface are particularly intense, and where the abundance of fungal spores and related chemical compounds are typically higher than in extratropical regions.

Elbert, W.; Taylor, P. E.; Andreae, M. O.; Pöschl, U.

2007-09-01

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Photochemical aging of secondary organic aerosols: effects on hygroscopic growth and CCN activation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Plant emitted volatile organic carbons (VOCs) are a major precursor of secondary organic aerosols (SOA), an important constituent of atmospheric aerosols. The precursors are oxidized via ozonolysis, photooxidation, or by NO3 and form aerosol particles. Due to further oxidation of the organic matter the composition of the SOA may age with time. This will also change the hygroscopic growth (HG) and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activation of the particles. In this study we generated and aged SOA in the SAPHIR chamber at the Research Centre Juelich under near atmospheric conditions: natural sunlight, low precursor and O3 concentrations, and long reaction times. As precursor we used a mixture of 5 monoterpenes (MT) or 5 MT with 2 sesquiterpenes which had been identified as major constituents of plant emissions in previous experiments. Concentrations ranged between 4 and 100 ppb MT and the total reaction time was 36h. HG was measured at RH=10-97% by a Hygroscopic Tandem Differential Analyser (HTDMA, FZ Juelich) and at RH=97-99% by the Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator (LACIS-mobile, IfT Leipzig). The agreement between HTDMA and LACIS-mobile data was generally good. CCN properties were measured with a continuous flow CCN Counter from DMT. SOA particles generated on a sunny day were more hygroscopic and had a lower activation diameter (Dcrit) than SOA formed under cloudy conditions. With aging it became more hygroscopic and Dcrit decreased. Sunlight enhanced this effect. But the change in HG and Dcrit due to aging was less than the difference between SOA generated under different conditions (i.e. sunny or cloudy). We did not observe a dependence of the HG on the precursor concentration.

Buchholz, A.; Mentel, Th. F.; Tillmann, R.; Schlosser, E.; Mildenberger, K.; Clauss, T.; Henning, S.; Kiselev, A.; Stratmann, F.

2009-04-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation from intermediate-volatility organic compounds: cyclic, linear, and branched alkanes.  

PubMed

Intermediate volatility organic compounds (IVOCs) are an important class of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) precursors that have not been traditionally included in chemical transport models. A challenge is that the vast majority of IVOCs cannot be speciated using traditional gas chromatography-based techniques; instead they are classified as an unresolved complex mixture (UCM) that is presumably made up of a complex mixture of branched and cyclic alkanes. To better understand SOA formation from IVOCs, a series of smog chamber experiments was conducted with different alkanes, including cyclic, branched, and linear compounds. The experiments focused on freshly formed SOA from hydroxyl (OH) radical-initiated reactions under high-NO(x) conditions at typical atmospheric organic aerosol concentrations (C(OA)). SOA yields from cyclic alkanes were comparable to yields from linear alkanes three to four carbons larger in size. For alkanes with equivalent carbon numbers, branched alkanes had the lowest SOA mass yields, ranging between 0.05 and 0.08 at a C(OA) of 15 ?g m(-3). The SOA yield of branched alkanes also depends on the methyl branch position on the carbon backbone. High-resolution aerosol mass spectrometer data indicate that the SOA oxygen-to-carbon ratios were largely controlled by the carbon number of the precursor compound. Depending on the precursor size, the mass spectrum of SOA produced from IVOCs is similar to the semivolatile-oxygenated and hydrocarbon-like organic aerosol factors derived from ambient data. Using the new yield data, we estimated SOA formation potential from diesel exhaust and predict the contribution from UCM vapors to be nearly four times larger than the contribution from single-ring aromatics and comparable to that of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons after several hours of oxidation at typical atmospheric conditions. Therefore, SOA from IVOCs may be an important contributor to urban OA and should be included in SOA models; the yield data presented in this study are suitable for such use. PMID:22823284

Tkacik, Daniel S; Presto, Albert A; Donahue, Neil M; Robinson, Allen L

2012-08-21

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Mass yields of secondary organic aerosols from the oxidation of ?-pinene and real plant emissions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are a significant source of global secondary organic aerosol (SOA); however, quantifying their aerosol forming potential remains a challenge. This study presents smog chamber laboratory work, focusing on SOA formation via oxidation of the emissions of two dominant tree species from boreal forest area, Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) and Norway spruce (Picea abies), by hydroxyl radical (OH) and ozone (O3). Oxidation of ?-pinene was also studied as a reference system. Tetramethylethylene (TME) and 2-butanol were added to control OH and O3 levels, thereby allowing SOA formation events to be categorized as resulting from either OH-dominated or O3-initiated chemistry. SOA mass yields from ?-pinene are consistent with previous studies while the yields from the real plant emissions are generally lower than that from ?-pinene, varying from 1.9% at an aerosol mass loading of 0.69 ?g m-3 to 17.7% at 26.0 ?g m-3. Mass yields from oxidation of real plant emissions are subject to the interactive effects of the molecular structures of plant emissions and their reaction chemistry with OH and O3, which lead to variations in condensable product volatility. SOA formation can be reproduced with a two-product gas-phase partitioning absorption model in spite of differences in the source of oxidant species and product volatility in the real plant emission experiments. Condensable products from OH-dominated chemistry showed a higher volatility than those from O3-initiated systems during aerosol growth stage. Particulate phase products became less volatile via aging process which continued after input gas-phase oxidants had been completely consumed.

Hao, L. Q.; Romakkaniemi, S.; Yli-Pirilä, P.; Joutsensaari, J.; Kortelainen, A.; Kroll, J. H.; Miettinen, P.; Vaattovaara, P.; Tiitta, P.; Jaatinen, A.; Kajos, M. K.; Holopainen, J. K.; Heijari, J.; Rinne, J.; Kulmala, M.; Worsnop, D. R.; Smith, J. N.; Laaksonen, A.

2011-02-01

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Surface Tension and Critical Supersaturations for Mixed Aerosol Particles Composed of Inorganic and Organic Compounds of Atmospheric Relevance  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The interaction between water vapor and aerosol particles in the atmosphere has implications on important processes. Among these are cloud droplet formation and growth, which impact cloud properties and therefore have an indirect effect on climate. A significant fraction of the dry submicron mass of atmospheric aerosols is composed of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC). Although the WSOC fraction contains a large amount of compounds, most yet unidentified, it can be partitioned into three main categories in order to use a set of model substances to reproduce its behavior. In this study, we chose levoglucosan, succinic acid and Nordic Reference fulvic acid (NRFA) to represent the WSOC categories of neutral compounds, mono-/di-carboxylic acids, and polycarboxylic acids, respectively. We measured the surface tension of aqueous pure NRFA and of five of its mixtures at 298 K using the Wilhemy plate method. Langmuir adsorption parameters for the organic mixtures were extracted by fitting the surface tension measurements and corresponding solute concentrations to the Szyszkowski-Langmuir equation. The measured surface tension as a function of aqueous NRFA concentration was identical to that of Suwannee River (SR) and Waskish Peat fulvic acids below 0.02 g/L but up to 12% and 15% higher, respectively, at higher concentrations. Similar to previous findings by Aumann et al. (2010) with SRFA, the surface tension of a NRFA/inorganic salt solution was mainly controlled by the organic compound even when the salt comprised 75% of the added solute mass. This effect was observed for mixtures of NRFA with both sodium chloride and ammonium sulfate salts up to 5 g/L of NRFA. From 5 g/L to about 50 g/L of NRFA, the surface tension for both NRFA/salt mixtures stopped decreasing, remained constant at 52-53 mN/m and then started slowly increasing indicating that the salt component might start dominating at higher concentrations. For a solution of 25% NRFA / 75% levoglucosan, the surface tension lowering with increasing concentration was very similar to that of pure aqueous NRFA even to the maximum measured concentration of 50 g/L of NRFA. However, the surface tension of the NRFA/saccharide mixture exhibited a more linear decrease when plotted against ln(NRFA concentration) in the 0.1 to 50 g/L range. We also measured the surface tension of two additional mixtures based on chemical composition data for different aerosol types. The measured surface tension for the solution representing organic aerosols (40% NRFA / 40% succinic acid / 20% levoglucosan) was bounded by that of pure NRFA and the NRFA/levoglucosan mixture up to a concentration of ~28 g/L of NRFA, where it remained constant at around 46.6 mN/m until 80 g/L of NRFA. The solution representing biomass burning aerosols (25% NRFA/ 27% succinic acid / 18% levoglucosan / 30% ammonium sulfate) had a similar surface tension to pure NRFA up to a concentration of ~5 g/L of NRFA, from where the surface tension drop continued between that of pure NRFA and the NRFA/salt mixtures. Critical supersaturations as a function of dry particle diameter were estimated by using measured water activity as a function of concentration and surface tension data to calculate the maximum of each Köhler curve for the mixtures studied.

Zamora, I. R.; Jacobson, M. Z.

2012-12-01

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Cloud Condensation Nucleus (CCN) Activation Properties of Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Organic compounds are known to comprise a significant fraction of the atmospheric aerosol population and have been found to contribute to the concentration of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). Much of this organic material is secondary in nature; secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is formed when volatile organic compounds are oxidized to form less volatile products, which then condense into the aerosol phase. Many organic compounds found in the atmosphere, of both anthropogenic and biogenic origin, have been found to produce SOA. Such reactions typically result in complex mixtures of products, only a fraction of which have been identified. Thus while there have been several studies exploring the potential for organic particles to act as CCN (including some of the compounds identified in SOA products), there have been almost no direct investigation of the potential CCN activity of SOA. This paper presents the results of a series of experiments measuring directly the CCN activity of SOA produced by the ozonolysis of several common biogenic compounds. Six compounds were studied: five monoterpenes (? -pinene, ? -pinene, ? 3-carene, limonene, terpinolene) and one terpinoid alcohol (terpinen-4-ol). The chosen monoterpenes represent an estimated 87% of global monoterpene emissions, while the terpenoid alcohols make up approximately 25% of the other biogenic compounds capable of forming SOA. In each experiment, SOA was generated under controlled conditions at the Caltech indoor facility. Over several hours, CCN concentrations were measured at supersaturations ranging from 0.27% to 0.80%. These data are compared to simultaneous particle concentration and size distribution observations to determine the relationship between particle diameter and CCN activity. The analysis indicates considerable variation in CCN activity among the experiments; possible causes for such variability are explored.

Vanreken, T. M.; Ng, N. L.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2004-12-01

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Insights into the secondary fraction of the organic aerosol in a Mediterranean urban area: Marseille  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A comprehensive aerosol characterization was conducted at Marseille during summer, including organic (OC) and elemental carbon (EC), major ionic species, radiocarbon (14C), water soluble OC and HULIS (HUmic LIke Substances), elemental composition and primary and secondary organic markers. This paper is the second paper of a two-part series investigating the sources of organic aerosol. While the first paper investigates the primary sources of Organic Aerosol (OA) (El Haddad et al., 2010), this second paper focused on the secondary fraction of OA. In the context of overall OC mass balance, primary OC (POC) contributes on average for only 22% and was dominated by vehicular emissions accounting on average for 17% of OC. As a result, 78% of OC mass cannot be attributed to the major primary sources and remains un-apportioned. Radiocarbon measurements suggest that more than 70% of this fraction is of modern origins, assigned predominantly to biogenic secondary organic carbon (BSOC). Therefore, contributions from three traditional BSOC precursors, isoprene, ?-pinene and ?-caryophellene, were considered. These were estimated using the ambient concentrations of SOA markers from each precursor and laboratory-derived marker mass fraction factors. Secondary organic markers derived from isoprene photo-oxidation (i.e. 2-methylglyceric acid and 2-methyltetrols) do not exhibit the same temporal trends. This variability was assigned to the influence of NOx concentration on their formation pathways and to their potential decay by further processing in the atmosphere. The influence of changes in isoprene chemistry on assessment of isoprene SOC contribution was evaluated explicitly. The results suggest a 60-fold variation between the different estimates computed using different isoprene SOC markers, implying that the available profiles do not reflect the actual isoprene SOC composition observed in Marseille. Using the marker-based approach, the aggregate contribution from traditional BSOC was estimated at only 4.2% of total OC and was dominated by ?-pinene SOC accounting on average for 3.4% of OC. As a result, these estimates underpredict the inexplicably high loading of OC. This underestimation can be associated with (1) uncertainties underlying the marker-based approach, (2) presence of other SOC precursors and (3) further processing of fresh SOC, as indicated by organosulfates (RSO4) and HUmic LIke Substances (HULIS) measurements.

El Haddad, I.; Marchand, N.; Temime-Roussel, B.; Wortham, H.; Piot, C.; Besombes, J.-L.; Baduel, C.; Voisin, D.; Armengaud, A.; Jaffrezo, J.-L.

2010-11-01

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Reactions of Volatile Furandiones, Aldehydes and Water Vapor in Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation and in Gas Chromatography Analysis  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Volatile furandiones and aldehydes are important atmospheric oxidation products of simple aromatic compounds found in gasoline. A mechanism of secondary organic aerosol formation by furandiones was identified using particle chamber observations and FTIR measurements of model condensed phases. Growth of inorganic seed aerosol was monitored by scanning mobility particle sizing in the presence of humidity and high concentrations of 2,5-furandione (maleic anhydride), 3-methyl-2,5-furandione (citraconic anhydride), benzaldehyde, and trans-cinnamaldehyde. Particle growth began when the gas-phase saturation level of each organic compound (relative to its pure liquid) and water vapor, when summed together, reached a threshold near one. This threshold implies that equilibrium is established between the gas phase and a newly formed, mixed condensed phase containing both organic compounds and water. This equilibrium appears to be governed by Raoult's Law, where the vapor pressure of each component is reduced proportionally to its mole fraction in the condensed phase. However, bulk liquid phase experiments showed that these organics are immiscible with water at the mole fractions expected in the particle phase in our chamber experiments. Thus, non-reactive condensation of these compounds into a mixed organic / aqueous phase is ruled out. Instead, we show that reactions between furandiones and water produce unusually strong dicarboxylic acids: cis-methylbutenedioic acid (citraconic acid) and cis-butenedioic acid (maleic acid). Bulk phase pH microprobe and FTIR attenuated total reflectance measurements demonstrated that an aqueous phase is rapidly acidified during exposure to furandiones. In addition, the presence of furandiones also greatly increased benzaldehyde solubility. This solubility increase has two causes. First, the entry of maleate (or methylmaleate) ions into the water layer lowers the polarity of the phase. Second, the increase in acidity may enhance reactivity at the aldehyde functional group. Thus the uptake of both furandiones and aldehydes onto particles in the presence of humidity appears to be reaction-dependent. When subjected to normal GC injector temperatures, the cis-butenedioic acids produced in these reactions recyclize back to furandiones with much greater ease than similar alkanedioic or trans-alkenedioic acids. This production of volatile compounds during GC analysis could cause large artifacts in gas / particle phase distribution measurements if chemical derivatization techniques are not employed.

Koehler, C. A.; Fillo, J. D.; Ries, K. A.; Sanchez, J. T.; de Haan, D. O.

2004-05-01

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Carbonaceous aerosols in China: top-down constraints on primary sources and estimation of secondary contribution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We simulated elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC) aerosols in China and compared model results to surface measurements at Chinese rural and background sites, with the goal of deriving "top-down" emission estimates of EC and OC, as well as better quantifying the secondary sources of OC. We included in the model state-of-the-science Chinese "bottom-up" emission inventories for EC (1.92 TgC yr-1) and OC (3.95 TgC yr-1), as well as updated secondary OC formation pathways. The average simulated annual mean EC concentration at rural and background sites was 1.1 ?gC m-3, 56% lower than the observed 2.5 ?gC m-3. The average simulated annual mean OC concentration at rural and background sites was 3.4 ?gC m-3, 76% lower than the observed 14 ?gC m-3. Multiple regression to fit surface monthly mean EC observations at rural and background sites yielded the best estimate of Chinese EC source of 3.05 ± 0.78 TgC yr-1. Based on the top-down EC emission estimate and observed seasonal primary OC/EC ratios, we estimated Chinese OC emissions to be 6.67 ± 1.30 TgC yr-1. Using these top-down estimates, the simulated average annual mean EC concentration at rural and background sites was significantly improved to 1.9 ?gC m-3. However, the model still significantly underestimated observed OC in all seasons (simulated average annual mean OC at rural and background sites was 5.4 ?gC m-3), with little skill in capturing the spatiotemporal variability. Secondary formation accounts for 21% of Chinese annual mean surface OC in the model, with isoprene being the most important precursor. In summer, as high as 62% of the observed surface OC may be due to secondary formation in eastern China. Our analysis points to four shortcomings in the current bottom-up inventories of Chinese carbonaceous aerosols: (1) the anthropogenic source is underestimated on a national scale, particularly for OC; (2) the spatiotemporal distributions of emissions are misrepresented; (3) there is a missing source in western China, likely associated with the use of biofuels or other low-quality fuels for heating; and (4) sources in fall are not well represented, either because the seasonal shifting of emissions and/or secondary formation are poorly captured or because specific fall emission events are missing. In addition, secondary production of OC in China is severely underestimated. More regional measurements with better spatiotemporal coverage are needed to resolve these shortcomings.

Fu, T.-M.; Cao, J. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Lee, S. C.; Zhang, Q.; Han, Y. M.; Qu, W. J.; Han, Z.; Zhang, R.; Wang, Y. X.; Chen, D.; Henze, D. K.

2012-03-01

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Secondary organic aerosols - formation and ageing studies in the SAPHIR chamber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from oxidation products of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) constitutes an important coupling between vegetation, atmospheric chemistry, and climate change. Such secondary organic aerosol components play an important role in particle formation in Boreal regions ((Laaksonen et al., 2008)), where biogenic secondary organic aerosols contribute to an overall negative radiative forcing, thus a negative feed back between vegetation and climate warming (Spracklen et al., 2008). Within the EUCAARI project we investigated SOA formation from mixtures of monoterpenes (and sesquiterpenes) as emitted typically from Boreal tree species in Southern Finland. The experiments were performed in the large photochemical reactor SAPHIR in Juelich at natural light and oxidant levels. Oxidation of the BVOC mixtures and SOA formation was induced by OH radicals and O3. The SOA was formed on the first day and then aged for another day. The resulting SOA was characterized by HR-ToF-AMS, APCI-MS, and filter samples with subsequent H-NMR, GC-MS and HPLC-MS analysis. The chemical evolution of the SOA is characterized by a fast increase of the O/C ratio during the formation process on the first day, stable O/C ratio during night, and a distinctive increase of O/C ratio at the second day. The increase of the O/C ratio on the second day is highly correlated to the OH dose and is accompanied by condensational growth of the particles. We will present simultaneous factor analysis of AMS times series (PMF, Ulbrich et al., 2009 ) and direct measurements of individual chemical species. We found that four factors were needed to represent the time evolution of the SOA composition (in the mass spectra) if oxidation by OH plays a mayor role. Corresponding to these factors we observed individual, representative molecules with very similar time behaviour. The correlation between tracers and AMS factors is astonishingly good as the molecular tracers represented only a very small mass fraction of the factors. There is indication that some factors grow at the cost of the other suggesting a set of successive generations of oxidation products. This conversion could proceed either by direct condensed phase processes or by an evaporation-oxidation-recondensation mechanism. On the other hand it seems that the factors evolve in parallel, representing products of multiple oxidation which appear on different time scales in the particulate phase. These findings will be discussed with respect to their importance for ageing processes of atmospheric organic aerosols. References Laaksonen, A., Kulmala, M., O'Dowd, C. D., Joutsensaari, J., Vaattovaara, P., Mikkonen, S., Lehtinen, K. E. J., Sogacheva, L., Dal Maso, M., Aalto, P., Petaja, T., Sogachev, A., Yoon, Y. J., Lihavainen, H., Nilsson, D., Facchini, M. C., Cavalli, F., Fuzzi, S., Hoffmann, T., Arnold, F., Hanke, M., Sellegri, K., Umann, B., Junkermann, W., Coe, H., Allan, J. D., Alfarra, M. R., Worsnop, D. R., Riekkola, M. L., Hyotylainen, T., and Viisanen, Y.: The role of VOC oxidation products in continental new particle formation, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 8, 2657-2665, 2008 Spracklen, D. V., Bonn, B., and Carslaw, K. S.: Boreal forests, aerosols and the impacts on clouds and climate, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society a-Mathematical Physical and Engineering Sciences, 366, 4613-4626, 10.1098/rsta.2008.0201, 2008 Ulbrich, I. M., Canagaratna, M. R., Zhang, Q., Worsnop, D. R., and Jimenez, J. L.: Interpretation of organic components from Positive Matrix Factorization of aerosol mass spectrometric data, Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 9, 2891-2918, 2009

Spindler, Christian; Müller, Lars; Trimborn, Achim; Mentel, Thomas; Hoffmann, Thorsten

2010-05-01

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Composition of Secondary Organic Aerosols Produced by Photo-Oxidation of Biomass Burning Emissions in a Smog Chamber  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Knowledge of the chemical composition of atmospheric organic aerosols (OA) is essential for accurate representation of OA in air quality and climate models. Both the sources of OA and their properties and effects remain poorly understood. In particular, we still know relatively little about the atmospheric formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA). There is growing interest in the impact of biomass burning emissions on air quality, human health, and radiative forcing. Through a series of experiments, we are working to quantify changes in the chemical composition of wood smoke particles as a result of photochemical aging under well-controlled laboratory conditions. One specific objective of this study is to identify markers for biomass burning SOA and test whether these markers can be used in atmospheric samples to quantify SOA formation from aging of biomass burning emissions. We analyzed SOA generated in a smog chamber by photooxidation of smoke produced by burning oak wood. In order to initiate photochemistry, the chamber was irradiated with UV light. Aqueous extracts of collected aerosol samples were analyzed with Electrospray Ionization Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometry. The high mass accuracy of these measurements reduces ambiguity in the assignment of elemental compositions for observed ions. Analysis has shown that primary oak smoke aerosol includes products of the thermal decomposition of cellulose (levoglucosan, cyclotene etc.) and lignin (guaiacol and syringol derivatives, mostly aldehydes and alcohols). After 2 hours of aging at typical summertime hydroxyl radical concentrations, the aerosol mass increased 2.5 fold due to the production of secondary organic aerosol. Mass spectra of the secondary organic aerosol formed are dominated by organic nitrates (nitrophenol, nitrocresol, nitrocatechol, and nitroguaiacol) and aromatic acids (benzoic acid, mono and di-hydroxybenzoic acid). Both nitrates and acids most likely are formed due to oxidation of the lignin decomposition products (guaiacol and syringol derivatives) by reaction with OH and NO2. This research highlights the dynamic nature of fire emissions and atmospheric organic aerosols in general.

Desyaterik, Y.; Sullivan, A.; Hennigan, C. J.; Robinson, A. L.; Collett, J. L.

2009-12-01

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Plant and Soil Emissions of Amines and Amino Acids: A Source of Secondary Aerosol Precursors  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Ammonia (NH3) is the most abundant alkaline gas in the atmosphere and forms secondary aerosol by neutralizing sulfuric and nitric acids that are released during combustion of fossil fuels. Ammonia is primarily emitted by cropping and livestock operations. However, C2 and C3 amines (pKb 3.3-3.4), which are stronger bases than NH3 (pKb 4.7) have been observed in nuclei mode aerosol that is the precursor to secondary aerosol. Mixtures of amines and amino acids have been identified in diverse environments in aerosol, fog water, cloud water, the soluble fraction of precipitation, and in dew. Glycine (pKb 4.2), serine (pKb 4.8) and alanine (pKb 3.7 and 4.1 for the D and L forms, respectively) are typically the most abundant species. The only reported values of gas-phase glycine, serine and alanine were in marine air and ranged from 6-14 pptv. The origin of atmospheric amines and amino acids has not been fully identified, although sources are likely similar to NH3. Nitrate assimilation in plants forms glycine, serine, and L-alanine, while D-alanine is present in bacterial cell walls. Glycine is converted to serine during C3 plant photorespiration, producing CO2 and NH3. Bacteria metabolize glycine and alanine to methylamine and ethylamine via decarboxylation. Likely sources of amino acids are plants and bacteria, thus concentrations near continental sources are likely greater than those measured in marine air. The overall goal of the research is to examine seasonal variations and relationships between the exchange of CO2, NH3, amines, and amino acids with a corn/soybean rotation in the Midwest Corn Belt. The study presents gaseous profiles of organic amine compounds from various species of vegetation using a mist chamber trapping technique and analysis of the derivatized species by high pressure liquid chromatography with fluorescence detection. Amino acid and amine profiles were obtained for red oak (Quercus rubra), sugar maple (Acer saccharinum), white pine (Pinus strobus), paper birch (Betula papyrifera), northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis), cool season turfgrass (Festuca sp., Poa sp., Agrostis sp., Lolium perrene), corn (Zea mays) and soybean (Glycine max) by drawing air through a chromatographic column packed with macerated leaves. The saturated air was scrubbed using a mist chamber containing 1% hydrochloric acid in ultrapure water. Diurnal variations in ambient levels were measured above a meadow, mixed hardwood forest, and a cornfield. The preliminary experiments indicate profiles of organic amine compounds vary by specie and the most volatile species are present in the gas-phase in ambient air.

Jackson, M. L.; Doskey, P. V.; Pypker, T. G.

2011-12-01

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[Estimation of the formation potential of ozone and secondary organic aerosol in Shanghai in spring].  

PubMed

The concentration and speciation of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Shanghai downtown and suburban areas were analyzed and measured by using online gas chromatography with flame ionization detection systems (GC-FID) during the spring period (from Mar. 1st to Mar. 31st, 2013) and 55 kinds of VOCs were detected. Maximum ozone formation potential (PhiOFP) and Fractional aerosol coefficients (FAC) were also used to estimate the formation potential of ozone (O3) and secondary organic aerosols (SOA). The results showed that the average concentrations of VOCs were respectively 33.9 x 10(-9) and 20.2 x 10(-9) in the downtown and suburban of shanghai. The main components were alkanes (14.7 x 10(-9)), aromatics (7.7 x 10(-9)) and alkenes (9.3 x 10(-9)) in the downtown; and the main components were alkanes (4.3 x 10(-9)), aromatics (13.9 x 10(-9)) and alkenes (1.8 x 10(-9)) in the suburban. Furthermore, PhiOFP (in the downtown) was 0.58 times of the PhiOFP (in the suburban), while PhiOFP (alkanes) and PhiOFP (alkenes) were 2.2 and 2.1 times in the downtown than suburban, but aromatics was only 0.34 times in the downtown than suburban. Fractional aerosol coefficients (FAC) were also used to estimate the potential formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) and the SOA concentration values in the downtown and suburban were 2.04 and 4.04 microg x m(-3), respectively. SOA formations from aromatics and alkanes in the downtown contributed 13.2% and 86. 8% and in the suburban contributed 2.7% and 97.3% to the total SOA formation potential. Aromatics and high-C alkanes were the main components that contributed to the SOA formations in both downtown and suburban of Shanghai in spring. PMID:24640886

Cui, Hu-Xiong

2013-12-01

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Inorganic ion and nitrogen isotopic compositions of atmospheric aerosols at Yurihonjo, Japan: Implications for nitrogen sources  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We studied the suspended particulate matter (SPM) collected in Akita Prefecture, Japan from April 2008 to January 2009 for inorganic ion composition and nitrogen isotopic ratio ( ?15N) of NH 4+ and NO 3-. The results showed an average SPM concentration of 15.6 ?g m -3. The seasonal trend for SPM was higher values in the spring, lower in the winter. The major cations were Na +, NH 4+, Ca 2+ and major anions were SO 42-, NO 3-, Cl -. The annual correlation coefficient of ions indicates a very high value with NH 4+ and SO 42- ( R = 0.93), NO 3- and K + ( R = 0.65), NO 3- and Ca 2+ ( R = 0.62). The high springtime values are the apparent result of the dust stream from Asia. Average ?15N-NH 4+ and ?15N-NO 3- were 16.1‰ and -0.69‰, respectively. ?15N-NH 4+ increased slightly in summer, and ?15N-NO 3- increased considerably in winter. The trends indicated conversely. The heavy ?15N-NH 4+ in summer appears to be from agricultural sources such as animal waste and fertilizer. In addition, according to the difference in isotopes of NO x sources as the precursor of NO 3-, the dominant origin of heavy ?15N-NO 3- in winter could be NO x emitted from fossil fuel combustion at low temperature. Moreover, the average ?15N-NO 3- seemed to be made to baseline (approximately 0%) by vehicle emissions at high temperature. These results are considered to be very reasonable.

Kawashima, Hiroto; Kurahashi, Takahiro

2011-11-01

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Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Formation from Hydroxyl Radical Oxidation and Ozonolysis of Monoterpenes  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Hydroxyl radical (OH) oxidation and ozonolysis are the two major pathways of daytime biogenic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) oxidation and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. The pure OH oxidation of monoterpenes, an important biogenic VOC class, has seldom been investigated. In order to elucidate the importance of the reaction pathyways of the OH oxidation and ozonolysis and their roles in particle formation and growth, we investigated the particle formation of several common monoterpenes (alpha-pinene, beta-pinene, and limonene) in the large atmosphere simulation chamber SAPHIR in Juelich, Germany. The experiments were conducted for both OH dominant and pure ozonolysis case (in the presence of CO as OH scavenger) at ambient relevant conditions (low OA, low VOC and low NOx concentration). OH and ozone (O3) concentrations were measured so that the oxidation rates of OH and O3 with precursors were quantified. The particle formation and growth, aerosol yield, multi-generation reaction process and aerosol composition were analyzed. Pure ozonolysis generated a large amount of particles indicating ozonolysis plays an important role in particle formation as well as OH oxidation. In individual experiments, particle growth rates did not necessarily correlate with OH or O3 oxidation rates. However, comparing the growth rates at similar OH or O3 oxidation rates shows that generally, OH oxidation and ozonolysis have similar efficiency in particle growth. Multi-generation products are shown to be important in the OH oxidation experiment based on aerosol yield "growth curve" (Ng et al., 2006). The reaction process of OH oxidation experiments was analyzed as a function of OH dose to elucidate the role of functionalization and fragmentation. A novel analysis was developed to link the particle formation with the reaction with OH, which was also used to examine the role of functionalization and fragmentation in the particle formation by OH oxidation. These analyses show that functionalization was dominant in the beginning of the reaction and fragmentation started to be dominant after that. Moreover, Aerosol Mass Spectrometer data shows that SOA from monoterpene OH oxidation follows a slope of shallower than -1 in the Van Krevelen diagram, indicative of an oxidation process of precursor without significant hydrogen loss. SOA from OH oxidation has a higher H/C than that from O3 oxidation. In ozonolysis, the process with significant hydrogen loss such as addition of carbonyl seems to play an important role in SOA formation. Reference: Ng, N. L. et al. Sci. & Tech. 40, 2283-2297, 10.1021/es052269u, 2006.

Zhao, Defeng; Kaminski, Martin; Schlag, Patrick; Fuchs, Hendrik; Acir, Ismail-Hakki; Bohn, Birger; Haeseler, Rolf; Kiendler-Scharr, Astrid; Rohrer, Franz; Tillmann, Ralf; Wang, Mingjin; Wegner, Robert; Wahner, Andreas; Mentel, Thomas

2014-05-01

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Phase state is a limiting factor in hygroscopic growth of secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles formed from oxidation products of volatile organic compounds (VOC) form a significant fraction of the total atmospheric particulate matter affecting climate both directly and indirectly. The dependence of hygroscopicity on particle composition is often represented with the single parameter ?, commonly used in global models to describe the hygroscopic properties of atmospheric aerosol particles. The physical phase state of SOA particles affects the partitioning of organic vapors and also may affect the uptake of water vapor and particle activation into cloud droplets. Thus, hygroscopic behaviour of SOA particles is affected by composition (i.e. oxidation state and molecular size) but also by phase of particles. In this study the following three distinct studies were performed: (1) particle bounced fraction (BF) measurements, which are qualitatively related to particle phase, as a function of relative humidity using an Aerosol Bounce Instrument (ABI). We assume that the particles with BF > 0 are solid or semisolid, and that particles with BF = 0 behave mechanically as liquids (2) water uptake measured in the sub-saturated region using hygroscopicity tandem differential mobility analyzer (HTDMA) by measuring the ratio of wet to dry particle diameter following exposure to water vapor at a controlled RH (3) cloud droplet formation in the supersaturated region using a cloud condensation nuclei counter (CCNc). Particle composition and oxidation state was measured with a compact time of flight aerosol mass spectrometer (c-ToF-AMS). In this study we show that at sub-saturation conditions water uptake by SOA particles is restricted due to the kinetic limitations. Diffusion and solubility limitations inhibit water uptake until the humidity is high enough for dissolution to occur. Our studies show that this 'threshold' humidity is dependent on particle composition, oxidation state, and average molecular size. Our laboratory results explain several observations both in laboratory and in the atmosphere that have reported discrepancies between SOA particle hygroscopicity measurements in subsaturated and in supersaturated conditions. The results reported here provide new information about one of the most central aerosol processes in the atmosphere.

Pajunoja, Aki; Virtanen, Annele

2014-05-01

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Volatility of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Formed from Photooxidation of Isoprene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Isoprene is the most abundant non-methane hydrocarbon, so even a small aerosol yield may have a large effect on both local and global secondary organic aerosol (SOA) production. Previous studies have shown that isoprene SOA yields are higher under low-NOx conditions, and that volatility of isoprene SOA under low-NOx conditions is similar to a-pinene SOA. In this study, the volatility of SOA formed from the photooxidation of isoprene under different NOx conditions is investigated with a thermodenuder. Laboratory chamber experiments are performed under different NOx conditions at low RH (RH<5%) and without seed. H2O2 and HONO is used as OH precursor for low-NOx and high-NOx experiments, respectively. During each experiment, isoprene and selected gas-phase oxidation products are monitored with a Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometry (PTRMS).Particle-phase composition, mass, size distribution are measured with a High Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) and a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). The thermodenuder is upstream of the the HR-ToF-AMS and SMPS, modulating the aerosol composition with temperatures ranging from 30 to 200 oC. In general, the volatility of SOA decreases after peak SOA growth, indicating the formation of highly oxidized, low-volatility species with increased photochemical aging. The SOA yields obtained are in agreement with previous studies, with more SOA formed under low-NOx conditions. However, it is found that SOA formed under low-NOx conditions are more volatile. Preliminary results show that about 60% of low-NOx isoprene SOA and <40% of high-NOx isoprene SOA evaporates at 100 oC. Under high-NOx conditions, there is still 10% of aerosol mass remaining at 200 oC, suggesting that there are some very non-volatiles species in high-NOx isoprene SOA. The mass fraction of isoprene SOA remaining as a function of NOx and temperature will be presented. The mass spectra features of SOA at these conditions will also be examined.

Ng, N. L.; Kollman, M.; Xu, L.; Shilling, J. E.

2012-12-01

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Understanding and constraining global secondary organic aerosol amount and size-resolved condensational behavior  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent research has shown that secondary organic aerosols (SOA) are major contributors to ultrafine particle growth to climatically relevant sizes, increasing global cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations within the continental boundary layer. However, there are three recent developments regarding the condensation of SOA that lead to uncertainties in the contribution of SOA to particle growth and CCN concentrations: (1) while many global models contain only biogenic sources of SOA (with annual production rates generally 10-30 Tgyr-1), recent studies have shown that an additional source of SOA around 100 Tgyr-1 correlated with anthropogenic carbon monoxide (CO) emissions may be required to match measurements. (2) Many models treat SOA solely as semivolatile, which leads to condensation of SOA proportional to the aerosol mass distribution; however, recent closure studies with field measurements show nucleation mode growth can be captured only if it is assumed that a significant fraction of SOA condenses proportional to the Fuchs aerosol surface area. This suggests a very low volatility of the condensing vapors. (3) Other recent studies of particle growth show that SOA condensation deviates from Fuchs surface-area condensation at sizes smaller than 10nm and that size-dependent growth rate parameterizations (GRP) are needed to match measurements. We explore the significance of these three findings using GEOS-Chem-TOMAS global aerosol microphysics model and observations of aerosol size distributions around the globe. The change in the concentration of particles of size Dp > 40nm (N40) within the BL assuming surface-area condensation compared to mass-distribution net condensation yielded a global increase of 11% but exceeded 100% in biogenically active regions. The percent change in N40 within the BL with the inclusion of the additional 100 TgSOAyr-1 compared to the base simulation solely with biogenic SOA emissions (19 Tgyr-1) both using surface area condensation yielded a global increase of 13.7 %, but exceeded 50% in regions with large CO emissions. The inclusion of two different GRPs in the additional-SOA case both yielded a global increase in N40 of < 1 %, however exceeded 5% in some locations in the most extreme case. All of the model simulations were compared to measured data obtained from diverse locations around the globe and the results confirmed a decrease in the model-measurement bias and improved slope for comparing modeled to measured CCN when non-volatile SOA was assumed and the extra SOA was included.

D'Andrea, S.; Hakkinen, S.; Westervelt, D. M.; Kuang, C.; Levin, E. J.; Leaitch, W. R.; Spracklen, D. V.; Riipinen, I.; Pierce, J. R.

2013-12-01

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Understanding global secondary organic aerosol amount and size-resolved condensational behavior  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent research has shown that secondary organic aerosols (SOA) are major contributors to ultrafine particle growth to climatically relevant sizes, increasing global cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) concentrations within the continental boundary layer (BL). However, there are three recent developments regarding the condensation of SOA that lead to uncertainties in the contribution of SOA to particle growth and CCN concentrations: (1) while many global models contain only biogenic sources of SOA (with annual production rates generally 10-30 Tg yr-1), recent studies have shown that an additional source of SOA around 100 Tg yr-1 correlated with anthropogenic carbon monoxide (CO) emissions may be required to match measurements. (2) Many models treat SOA solely as semi-volatile, which leads to condensation of SOA proportional to the aerosol mass distribution; however, recent closure studies with field measurements show nucleation mode growth can be captured only if it is assumed that a significant fraction of SOA condenses proportional to the Fuchs-corrected aerosol surface area. This suggests a very low volatility of the condensing vapors. (3) Other recent studies of particle growth show that SOA condensation deviates from Fuchs-corrected surface-area condensation at sizes smaller than 10 nm and that size-dependent growth rate parameterizations (GRP) are needed to match measurements. We explore the significance of these three findings using GEOS-Chem-TOMAS global aerosol microphysics model and observations of aerosol size distributions around the globe. The change in the concentration of particles of size Dp > 40 nm (N40) within the BL assuming surface-area condensation compared to mass-distribution net condensation yielded a global increase of 11% but exceeded 100% in biogenically active regions. The percent change in N40 within the BL with the inclusion of the additional 100 Tg SOA yr-1 compared to the base simulation solely with biogenic SOA emissions (19 Tg yr-1) both using surface area condensation yielded a global increase of 13.7%, but exceeded 50% in regions with large CO emissions. The inclusion of two different GRPs in the additional-SOA case both yielded a global increase in N40 of < 1%, however exceeded 5% in some locations in the most extreme case. All of the model simulations were compared to measured data obtained from diverse locations around the globe and the results confirmed a decrease in the model-measurement bias and improved slope for comparing modeled to measured CCN number concentration when non-volatile SOA was assumed and the extra SOA was included.

D'Andrea, S. D.; Häkkinen, S. A. K.; Westervelt, D. M.; Kuang, C.; Levin, E. J. T.; Kanawade, V. P.; Leaitch, W. R.; Spracklen, D. V.; Riipinen, I.; Pierce, J. R.

2013-11-01

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A novel inorganic low melting electrolyte for secondary aluminum-nickel sulfide batteries  

Microsoft Academic Search

A new, inorganic low melting electrolyte with the composition LiAlClâ-NaAlClâ-NaAlBrâ-KAlClâ (3:2:3:2) (or equivalently LiAlBrâ-NaAlClâ-KAlClâ (3:5:2)) has been developed. The melting point for this neutral melt is 86°C; the decomposition potential is approximately 2.0V; the ionic conductivity is measured in the range 97°⁻⁴°¹sup 0\\/C and is 0.142s cm⁻¹ at 100°C, and the density is 2.07g cm⁻³. The conductivity seems to be

H. A. Hjuler; S. VonWinbush; R. W. Berg; N. J. Bjerrum

1989-01-01

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Carbonaceous aerosols in China: top-down constraints on primary sources and estimation of secondary contribution  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We simulate elemental carbon (EC) and organic carbon (OC) aerosols in China and compare model results to surface measurements at Chinese rural and background sites, with the goal of deriving "top-down" emission estimates of EC and OC, as well as better quantifying the secondary sources of OC. We include in the model state-of-the-science Chinese "bottom-up" emission inventories for EC (1.92 Tg C yr-1) and OC (3.95 Tg C yr-1), as well as updated secondary OC formation pathways. The average simulated annual mean EC concentration at rural and background site is 1.1 ?g C m-3, 56% lower than the observed 2.5 ?g C m-3. The average simulated annual mean OC concentration at rural and background sites is 3.4 ?g C m-3, 76% lower than the observed 14 ?g C m-3. Multiple regression to fit surface monthly mean EC observations at rural and background sites yields best estimate of Chinese EC source of 3.05 ± 0.78 Tg C yr-1. Based on the top-down EC emission estimate and observed seasonal primary OC/EC ratios, we estimate Chinese OC total emissions to be 6.67 ± 1.30 Tg C yr-1. Using these top-down estimates, the simulated average annual mean EC concentration at rural and background sites significantly improved to 1.9 ?g C m-3. However, the model still significantly underestimates observed OC in all seasons (simulated average annual mean OC at rural and background sites is 5.4 ?g C m-3), with little skill in capturing the spatiotemporal variability. Secondary formation accounts for 21% of Chinese annual mean surface OC in the model, with isoprene being the most important precursor. In summer, as high as 62% of the observed surface OC may be due to secondary formation in eastern China. Our analysis points to three shortcomings in the current bottom-up inventories of Chinese carbonaceous aerosols: (1) the anthropogenic source is severely underestimated, particularly for OC; (2) there is a missing source in western China, likely associated with the use of biofuels or other low-quality fuels for heating; and (3) sources in fall are not well represented, either because the seasonal shifting of emissions and/or secondary formation are poorly captured or because specific fall emission events are missing. More regional measurements with better spatiotemporal coverage are needed to resolve these shortcomings.

Fu, T.-M.; Cao, J. J.; Zhang, X. Y.; Lee, S. C.; Zhang, Q.; Han, Y. M.; Qu, W. J.; Han, Z.; Zhang, R.; Wang, Y. X.; Chen, D.; Henze, D. K.

2011-10-01

266

Balloon observations of organic and inorganic chlorine in the stratosphere: the role of HClO4 production on sulfate aerosols  

NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

Simultaneous observations of stratospheric organic and inorganic chlorine were made in September 1993 out of Fort Sumner, New Mexico, using JPL balloon-borne MkIV interferometer. Between 15 and 20 km, a significant fraction (20-60%) of the inorganic chlorine could not be accounted for by the sum of measured HCl, ClONO2, and HOCl. Laboratory measurements of the reaction of ClO radicals on sulfuric acid solutions have indicated that, along with HCl, small amounts of perchloric acid, HClO4, were formed. Very little is known about the fate of HClO4 in the stratosphere and we use a photochemical box model to determine the impact of this new species on the partitioning of inorganic chlorine in the stratosphere. Assuming that HClO4 is photochemically stable, it is shown that in the enhanced aerosol loading conditions resulting from Mt. Pinatubo's eruption, HClO4 could represent a significant reservoir of chlorine in the lower stratosphere, sequestering up to 0.2 ppbv (or 50%) of the total inorganic chlorine at 16 km. The occurrence of this new species could bring to closure the inorganic chlorine budget deficiency made apparent by recent ER-2 aircraft in situ measurements of HCl.

Jaegle, L.; Yung, Y. L.; Toon, G. C.; Sen, B.; Blavier, J. F.

1996-01-01

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Reduction in biomass burning aerosol light absorption upon humidification: Roles of inorganically-induced hygroscopicity, particle collapse, and photoacoustic heat and mass transfer  

SciTech Connect

Smoke particle emissions from the combustion of biomass fuels typical for the western and southeastern United States were studied and compared under high humidity and ambient conditions in the laboratory. The fuels used are Montana ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), southern California chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), and Florida saw palmetto (Serenoa repens). Information on the non-refractory chemical composition of biomass burning aerosol from each fuel was obtained with an aerosol mass spectrometer and through estimation of the black carbon concentration from light absorption measurements at 870 nm. Changes in the optical and physical particle properties under high humidity conditions were observed for hygroscopic smoke particles containing substantial inorganic mass fractions that were emitted from combustion of chamise and palmetto fuels. Light scattering cross sections increased under high humidity for these particles, consistent with the hygroscopic growth measured for 100 nm particles in HTDMA measurements. Photoacoustic measurements of aerosol light absorption coefficients reveal a 20% reduction with increasing relative humidity, contrary to the expectation of light absorption enhancement by the liquid coating taken up by hygroscopic particles. This reduction is hypothesized to arise from two mechanisms: 1. Shielding of inner monomers after particle consolidation or collapse with water uptake; 2. The contribution of mass transfer through evaporation and condensation at high relative humidity to the usual heat transfer pathway for energy release by laser heated particles in the photoacoustic measurement of aerosol light absorption. The mass transfer contribution is used to evaluate the fraction of aerosol surface covered with liquid water solution as a function of RH.

lewis, Kristen A.; Arnott, W. P.; Moosmuller, H.; Chakrabarti, Raj; Carrico, Christian M.; Kreidenweis, Sonia M.; Day, Derek E.; Malm, William C.; Laskin, Alexander; Jimenez, Jose L.; Ulbrich, Ingrid M.; Huffman, John A.; Onasch, Timothy B.; Trimborn, Achim; Liu, Li; Mishchenko, M.

2009-11-27

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Formation of secondary organic aerosol from irradiated ?-pinene\\/toluene\\/NOx mixtures and the effect of isoprene and sulfur dioxide  

Microsoft Academic Search

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) was generated by irradiating a series of ?-pinene\\/toluene\\/NOx mixtures in the absence and presence of isoprene or sulfur dioxide. The purpose of the experiment was to evaluate the extent to which chemical perturbations to this base-case (?-pinene\\/toluene) mixture led to changes in the gas-phase chemistry which strongly influences mass and composition of SOA and secondary organic

Mohammed Jaoui; Edward O. Edney; Tadeusz E. Kleindienst; Michael Lewandowski; John H. Offenberg; Jason D. Surratt; John H. Seinfeld

2008-01-01

269

The chemical and microphysical properties of secondary organic aerosols from Holm Oak emissions  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The Mediterranean region is expected to experience substantial climatic change in the next 50 years. But, possible effects of climate change on biogenic volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions as well as on the formation of secondary organic aerosols (SOA) produced from these VOC are yet unexplored. To address such issues, the effects of temperature on the VOC emissions of Mediterranean Holm Oak and small Mediterranean stand of Wild Pistacio, Aleppo Pine, and Palestine Oak have been studied in the Jülich plant aerosol atmosphere chamber. For Holm Oak the optical and microphysical properties of the resulting SOA were investigated. Monoterpenes dominated the VOC emissions from Holm Oak (97.5%) and Mediterranean stand (97%). Higher temperatures enhanced the overall VOC emission but with different ratios of the emitted species. The amount of SOA increased linearly with the emission strength with a fractional mass yield of 6.0±0.6%, independent of the detailed emission pattern. The investigated particles were highly scattering with no absorption abilities. Their average hygroscopic growth factor of 1.13±0.03 at 90% RH with a critical diameter of droplet activation was 100±4 nm at a supersaturation of 0.4%. All microphysical properties did not depend on the detailed emission pattern, in accordance with an invariant O/C ratio (0.57(+0.03/-0.1)) of the SOA observed by high resolution aerosol mass spectrometry. The increase of Holm oak emissions with temperature (?20% per degree) was stronger than e.g. for Boreal tree species (?10% per degree). The SOA yield for Mediterranean trees determined here is similar as for Boreal trees. Increasing mean temperature in Mediterranean areas could thus have a stronger impact on BVOC emissions and SOA formation than in areas with Boreal forests.

Lang-Yona, N.; Rudich, Y.; Mentel, Th. F.; Bohne, A.; Buchholz, A.; Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Kleist, E.; Spindler, C.; Tillmann, R.; Wildt, J.

2010-08-01

270

Chemical evolution of secondary organic aerosol from OH-initiated heterogeneous oxidation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The heterogeneous oxidation of laboratory Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) particles by OH radicals was investigated. SOA particles, produced by reaction of ?-pinene and O3, were exposed to OH radicals in a flow tube, and particle chemical composition, size, and hygroscopicity were measured to assess modifications due to oxidative aging. Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (AMS) mass spectra indicated that the degree of oxidation of 200 nm diameter SOA particles was significantly enhanced due to OH-initiated oxidation, as evidenced by the increase in the fraction of m/z 44 fragment of total organic mass concentration (F44). F44 values of the SOA particles, initially in the range F44=0.04-0.07, increased by up to ?F44~0.01 under equivalent atmospheric aging timescales of 2 weeks, assuming a 24-h average OH concentration of 106 cm-3. Particle O/C ratios calculated from F44 values, initially in the range O/C=0.25-0.35, rose by a maximum of ?O/C~0.04 units for 2 weeks of aging. Particle densities also increased with heterogeneous oxidation, consistent with the observed increase in the degree of oxidation. Minor reductions in particle size, with volume losses of up to 10%, were observed due to volatilization of oxidation products. The SOA particles activated more readily to form cloud droplets with an increase in the ? hygroscopicity parameter of up to a factor of two for the equivalent of 2 weeks of OH atmospheric exposure. These results indicate that OH heterogeneous oxidation of typical SOA needs to be considered as an atmospheric organic aerosol aging mechanism, most likely of higher relative importance away from VOC source regions, where other aging mechanisms are less dominant.

George, I. J.; Abbatt, J. P. D.

2010-06-01

271

Chemical Characterization of Secondary Organic Aerosol Formed from Atmospheric Aqueous-phase Reactions of Phenolic Compounds  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Phenolic compounds, which are released in significant amounts from biomass burning, may undergo fast aqueous-phase reactions to form secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the atmosphere. Understanding the aqueous-phase reaction mechanisms of these compounds and the composition of their reaction products is thus important for constraining SOA sources and predicting organic aerosol properties in models. In this study, we investigate the aqueous-phase reactions of three phenols (phenol, guaiacol and syringol) with two oxidants - excited triplet states (3C*) of non-phenolic aromatic carbonyls and hydroxyl radical (OH). By employing four analytical methods including high-resolution aerosol mass spectrometry, total organic carbon analysis, ion chromatography, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, we thoroughly characterize the chemical compositions of the low volatility reaction products of phenols and propose formation mechanisms based on this information. Our results indicate that phenolic SOA is highly oxygenated, with O/C ratios in the range of 0.83-1.03, and that the SOA of phenol is usually more oxidized than those of guaiacol and syringol. Among the three precursors, syringol generates the largest fraction of higher molecular weight (MW) products. For the same precursor, the SOA formed via reaction with 3C* is less oxidized than that formed via reaction with OH. In addition, oxidation by 3C* enhances the formation of higher MW species, including phenolic dimers, higher oligomers and hydroxylated products, compared to reactions initiated by OH, which appear to favor the formation of organic acids. However, our results indicate that the yields of small organic acids (e.g., formate, acetate, oxalate, and malate) are low for both reaction pathways, together accounting for less than 5% of total SOA mass.

Yu, L.; Smith, J.; Anastasio, C.; Zhang, Q.

2012-12-01

272

Aqueous secondary organic aerosol (SOA) production from the oxidation of phenols by triplet excited state organics  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Recent literature has shown that atmospheric condensed-phase chemistry can play a significant role in the evolution of organic aerosols, including the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). SOA formation from the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the aqueous phase has largely focused on oxidations involving the hydroxyl radical and other oxidants, such as photochemically created triplet excited states, have not been fully investigated. Phenolic compounds are one of the primary carbon emission classes from biomass and wood combustion and have significant water solubility. Once in the aqueous phase, phenolic compounds can react with the triplet excited states of non-phenolic aromatic carbonyls (NPCs), particle-bound organics that are also emitted in large quantities from wood combustion. The oxidation of phenolic species in the condensed phase by triplet excited states can result in the production of SOA. A main goal of this study was to investigate bulk solution reaction kinetics under atmospherically relevant conditions in order to ascertain how these reactions can impact aqueous-phase SOA production. In our experiments, we studied the reactions of five phenols (phenol, guaiacol, syringol, catechol, and resorcinol) with the triplet state of 3,4-dimethoxybenzaldehyde (34-DMB) during simulated solar radiation. We have characterized the impacts of pH, ionic strength and reactant concentrations on the reaction behavior of this system. In addition, we analyzed the SOA formed using high-resolution aerosol mass spectrometry, ion chromatography, and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry to infer the reaction mechanisms. Our evidence suggests that under atmospherically relevant conditions, triplet excited states can be the dominant oxidant of phenolics and contribute significantly to the total SOA budget.

Smith, J.; Yu, L.; Zhang, Q.; Anastasio, C.

2011-12-01

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Aerosol and gas phase organic acids during aging of secondary organic aerosol from ?-pinene in smog chamber experiments  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Organic acids represent an important class of organic compounds in the atmosphere for both the gas and aerosol phase. They are either emitted directly from both biogenic and anthropogenic sources or formed as oxidation products from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and precursors in the aqueous, gaseous and particle phase (Chebbi & Carlier, 1996) Monoterpenes are a prominent class of VOCs with annual emissions of 127 Tg per year (Guenther et al., 1995). Because of their high formation potential of secondary organic aerosols, several compounds of this class, particularly a-pinene, have been investigated extensively in many laboratory studies. Among other acids, cis-pinic and cis-pinonic acid have been found as products of a-pinene ozonolysis. Ma et al. (2007) published evidence that these organic acids are formed in the gas phase via Criegee Intermediates (CIs). Recently, 3-methyl-1,2,3-butanetricarboxylic acid (MBTCA) was identified by Szmigielski et al. (2007) as a product from a-pinene photooxidation, as well as diaterpenylic acid acetate (Iinuma et al., 2009) and terpenylic acid (Claeys et al., 2009). These compounds could serve as tracers for a-pinene in ambient samples. The present work sets its focus on the fate of a-pinene SOA organic acids under different aging conditions. (1) low NOx concentration (2) high NOx concentration (3) exposure to OH radicals in both dark and lighted environments. a-pinene SOA is produced by ozonolysis without OH scavenger in the PSI smog chamber. It consists of a 27m3 Teflon® bag that can be irradiated by four Xe arc lamps to simulate sunlight (Paulsen et al., 2004). The organic acids are sampled with a wet effluent diffusion denuder (WEDD) and an aerosol collector (AC) for the gas phase and the aerosol particles, respectively. WEDD and AC samples are alternatively concentrated for 30 minutes on a trace anion concentrator (TAC) column (Dionex, Switzerland) and subsequently analyzed by ion chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (IC/MS). This system is described in more details by Fisseha et al. (2004). The results show that the cis-pinonic acid gas phase concentration increases rapidly in the presence of NOx, while it stays more or less constant upon OH exposure. On the other hand, cis-pinic acid concentration in aerosol decreases in presence of NOx but is nearly constant during OH exposure. 3-Methyl-1,2,3-butanetricarboxylic acid (MBTCA) is also formed during ozonolysis and demonstrates a strong concentration increase for all aging conditions. This partially agrees with a recent publication of Szmigielski et al. (2007), where MBTCA is thought to be formed in the presence of NOx, but this gives evidence that MBTCA can also be formed via another mechanism without NOx. Moreover, after exposure of cis-pinonic acid to OH radicals produced in the dark, MBTCA is detected, confirming that cis-pinonic acid is involved in the mechanism formation of MBTCA. The Master Chemical Mechanism (MCM) tends to overestimates the amount of organic acids formed. Therefore, inclusion of new reaction mechanisms and species that are not yet included will help to improve the present knowledge of the organic acids formation pathways. Chebbi, A., & Carlier, P. (1996). Atmos. Environ., 30, 4233-4249. Claeys, M., et al. (2009). Environ. Sci. Technol., 43, 6976-6982. Fisseha, R., et al. (2004). Anal. Chem., 76, 6535-6540. Guenther, A., et al. (1995). J Geophys Res., 100, 8873-8892. Iinuma, Y., et al. (2009). Environ. Sci. Technol., 43, 280-285. Jang, M. J., & Kamens, R. M. (1999). Atmos. Environ., 33, 459-474. Lee, S., & Kamens, R. M. (2005). Atmos Environ., 39, 6822-6832. Ma, Y., et al. (2007). Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 9, 5084-5087. Paulsen, D., et al. (2005). Environ. Sci. Technol., 39, 2668-2678. Szmigielski, R., et al. (2007). Geophys Res. Lett., 34, L24811, doi:10.1029/2007GL031338. Yu, J., et al. (1999). J. Atmos. Chem., 34, 207-258.

Praplan, Arnaud P.; Tritscher, Torsten; Barmet, Peter; Mertes, Peter; Decarlo, Peter F.; Dommen, Josef; Prevot, Andre S. H.; Donahue, Neil M.; Baltensperger, Urs

2010-05-01

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Secondary organic aerosol formation from toluene in an atmospheric hydrocarbon mixture: Water and particle seed effects  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Atmospherically relevant secondary organic aerosol (SOA) concentrations from toluene, in an urban hydrocarbon environment, with oxides of nitrogen in natural sunlight, were studied in a large outdoor chamber with different initial humidity and types of initial seed aerosols. Ammonium sulfate particles (38 ?g m -3) in the presence of an atmospheric hydrocarbon mixture and NOx in sunlight under a dry atmosphere (%RH = 6 to 10%) show reduced SOA formation when compared to similar gas phase conditions with lower ammonium sulfate (7 ?g m -3) and higher relative humidities (%RH 40 to 90%). No post particle nucleation (particles in the 6 to 10 nm range) was observed in either seeded system. When initial background particles levels were below 0.5 ?g m -3 particle nucleation was observed. A new condensed aromatic kinetic chemical mechanism was developed to simulate experimental data. A particle water phase was highly related to SOA formation. Reasonable fits to the gas and total SOA concentrations emphasize the important impact of different initial particle seed levels and particle phase water when simulating SOA formation from aromatic compounds like toluene.

Kamens, Richard M.; Zhang, Haofei; Chen, Eric H.; Zhou, Yang; Parikh, Harshal M.; Wilson, Rebecca L.; Galloway, Katherine E.; Rosen, Elias P.

2011-04-01

275

Studies of the Composition of Atmospheric Secondary Organic Aerosol Formed From the Photooxidation of Isoprene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Oxidation of isoprene (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene) may contribute substantially to the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) on regional as well as global scales. Knowledge of the chemical composition of the aerosol formed from isoprene photooxidation may elucidate the chemistry of isoprene SOA formation, which at present is poorly understood. We analyze the composition of isoprene SOA formed from the irradiation of isoprene/H2O2/air mixtures in a smog chamber with and without the addition of NOx and/or precursor seed. For quantitative analysis of the SOA products, we use liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry in both electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric pressure chemical ionization (APCI) modes. We use a matrix assisted laser desorption ionization- time of flight mass spectrometer (MALDI-TOFMS), an electrospray ionization- ion trap mass spectrometer (ESI-ITMS), as well as an accurate mass spectrometer with an ESI ionization source to assist in the qualitative identification of the SOA product species. We find that the photooxidation of isoprene produces oligomeric species of molecular weight up to over 500 Daltons. High NOx experiments in general form higher molecular weight species than those experiments in which no NOx was added to the chamber. Furthermore, the product distribution of SOA formed in high NOx experiments is in general more oligomeric in nature, and it features an oligomer with oligomeric unit of 102 Daltons, likely methyl butene diol formed from isoprene photooxidation.

Hildebrandt, L.; Surratt, J. D.; Kroll, J. H.; Ng, N. L.; Flagan, R. C.; Seinfeld, J. H.

2005-12-01

276

Heterogeneous chemistry of butanol and decanol with sulfuric acid: implications for secondary organic aerosol formation.  

PubMed

Recent environmental chamber studies suggest that acid-catalyzed reactions between alcohols and aldehydes in the condensed phase lead to the formation of hemiacetals and acetals, enhancing secondary organic aerosol (SOA) growth. We report measurements of heterogeneous uptake of butanol and decanol on liquid H2SO4 in the range of 62-84 wt % and between 273 and 296 K. Both alcohols exhibit two distinct types of uptake behaviors (partially irreversible vs totally irreversible uptake), depending on the acid concentration and temperature. For the partially irreversible uptake, a fraction of the alcohol was physically absorbed while the other fraction underwent irreversible reaction. For the totally irreversible uptake, the alcohols were completely lost onto the sulfuric acid. The Henry's law solubility constant (H*) was determined from the time-dependent uptake, while the reactive uptake coefficients were calculated from the time-independent irreversible loss. Coexistence of butanol or decanol with octanal or decanal did not show enhanced uptake of the aldehydes in the sulfuric acid. Protonation and dissolution likely account for the reversible uptake, while formation of alkyl sulfate or dialkyl sulfate explains irreversible uptake of the alcohols. The results suggest that heterogeneous uptake of larger alcohols is unlikely of significant importance in the lower atmosphere except in the case of freshly nucleated aerosols that may have high acid concentrations. PMID:17149836

Levitt, Nicholas P; Zhao, Jun; Zhang, Renyi

2006-12-14

277

Integrating phase and composition of secondary organic aerosol from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene.  

PubMed

Airborne particles are important for public health, visibility, and climate. Predicting their concentrations, effects, and responses to control strategies requires accurate models of their formation and growth in air. This is challenging, as a large fraction is formed by complex reactions of volatile organic compounds, generating secondary organic aerosol (SOA), which grows to sizes important for visibility, climate, and deposition in the lung. Growth of SOA is particularly sensitive to the phase/viscosity of the particles and remains poorly understood. We report studies using a custom-designed impactor with a germanium crystal as the impaction surface to study SOA formed from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene at relative humidities (RHs) up to 87% at 297 ± 2 K (which corresponds to a maximum RH of 70-86% inside the impactor). The impaction patterns provide insight into changes in phase/viscosity as a function of RH. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and aerosol mass spectrometry provide simultaneous information on composition changes with RH. The results show that as the RH at which the SOA is formed increases, there is a decrease in viscosity, accompanied by an increasing contribution from carboxylic acids and a decreasing contribution from higher molecular mass products. In contrast, SOA that is formed dry and subsequently humidified remains solid to high RH. The results of these studies have significant implications for modeling the growth, aging, and ultimately, lifetime of SOA in the atmosphere. PMID:24821796

Kidd, Carla; Perraud, Véronique; Wingen, Lisa M; Finlayson-Pitts, Barbara J

2014-05-27

278

Excitation-emission spectra and fluorescence quantum yields for fresh and aged biogenic secondary organic aerosols.  

PubMed

Certain biogenic secondary organic aerosols (SOA) become absorbent and fluorescent when exposed to reduced nitrogen compounds such as ammonia, amines, and their salts. Fluorescent SOA may potentially be mistaken for biological particles by detection methods relying on fluorescence. This work quantifies the spectral distribution and effective quantum yields of fluorescence of water-soluble SOA generated from two monoterpenes, limonene and ?-pinene, and two different oxidants, ozone (O3) and hydroxyl radical (OH). The SOA was generated in a smog chamber, collected on substrates, and aged by exposure to ?100 ppb ammonia in air saturated with water vapor. Absorption and excitation-emission matrix (EEM) spectra of aqueous extracts of aged and control SOA samples were measured, and the effective absorption coefficients and fluorescence quantum yields (?0.005 for 349 nm excitation) were determined from the data. The strongest fluorescence for the limonene-derived SOA was observed for ?excitation = 420 ± 50 nm and ?emission = 475 ± 38 nm. The window of the strongest fluorescence shifted to ?excitation = 320 ± 25 nm and ?emission = 425 ± 38 nm for the ?-pinene-derived SOA. Both regions overlap with the EEM spectra of some of the fluorophores found in primary biological aerosols. Despite the low quantum yield, the aged SOA particles may have sufficient fluorescence intensities to interfere with the fluorescence detection of common bioaerosols. PMID:23663151

Lee, Hyun Ji Julie; Laskin, Alexander; Laskin, Julia; Nizkorodov, Sergey A

2013-06-01

279

Optical properties of secondary organic aerosols generated by photooxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons.  

PubMed

The refractive index (RI) is the fundamental characteristic that affects the optical properties of aerosols, which could be some of the most important factors influencing direct radiative forcing. The secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) generated by the photooxidation of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene (BTEX) under low-NOx and high-NOx conditions are explored in this study. The particles generated in our experiments are considered to be spherical, based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) images, and nonabsorbent at a wavelength of 532?nm, as determined by ultraviolet-visible light (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. The retrieved RIs at 532?nm for the SOAs range from 1.38-1.59, depending on several factors, such as different precursors and NOx levels. The RIs of the SOAs are altered differently as the NOx concentration increases as follows: the RIs of the SOAs derived from benzene and toluene increase, whereas those of the SOAs derived from ethylbenzene and m-xylene decrease. Finally, by comparing the experimental data with the model values, we demonstrate that the models likely overestimate the RI values of the SOA particles to a certain extent, which in turn overestimates the global direct radiative forcing of the organic particles. PMID:24815734

Li, Kun; Wang, Weigang; Ge, Maofa; Li, Jiangjun; Wang, Dong

2014-01-01

280

Cloud condensation nuclei activation of monoterpene and sesquiterpene secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The ability of biogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA) to contribute to the concentration of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) in the atmosphere is examined. Aerosol is generated by the ozonolysis reaction of monoterpenes (?-pinene, ?-pinene, 3-carene, and limonene) and sesquiterpenes (?-caryophyllene, ?-humulene, and ?-cedrene) in a 10 m3 temperature-controlled Teflon smog chamber. In some cases, a self-seeding technique is used, which enables high particle concentrations with the desired diameters without compromising particle composition and purity. The monoterpene SOA is excellent CCN material, and it activates similarly (average activation diameter equals 48 ± 8 nm at 1% supersaturation for the species used in this work) to highly water-soluble organic species. Its effective solubility in water was estimated to be in the range of 0.07-0.40 g solute/g H2O. CCN measurements for sesquiterpene SOA (average activation diameter equals 120 ± 20 nm at 1% supersaturation for the species used in this work) show that it is less CCN active than monoterpene SOA. The initial terpene mixing ratio (between 3 and 100 ppb) does not affect the CCN activation for freshly generated SOA.

Huff Hartz, Kara E.; RosenøRn, Thomas; Ferchak, Shaun R.; Raymond, Timothy M.; Bilde, Merete; Donahue, Neil M.; Pandis, Spyros N.

2005-07-01

281

Integrating phase and composition of secondary organic aerosol from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene  

PubMed Central

Airborne particles are important for public health, visibility, and climate. Predicting their concentrations, effects, and responses to control strategies requires accurate models of their formation and growth in air. This is challenging, as a large fraction is formed by complex reactions of volatile organic compounds, generating secondary organic aerosol (SOA), which grows to sizes important for visibility, climate, and deposition in the lung. Growth of SOA is particularly sensitive to the phase/viscosity of the particles and remains poorly understood. We report studies using a custom-designed impactor with a germanium crystal as the impaction surface to study SOA formed from the ozonolysis of ?-pinene at relative humidities (RHs) up to 87% at 297 ± 2 K (which corresponds to a maximum RH of 70–86% inside the impactor). The impaction patterns provide insight into changes in phase/viscosity as a function of RH. Attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and aerosol mass spectrometry provide simultaneous information on composition changes with RH. The results show that as the RH at which the SOA is formed increases, there is a decrease in viscosity, accompanied by an increasing contribution from carboxylic acids and a decreasing contribution from higher molecular mass products. In contrast, SOA that is formed dry and subsequently humidified remains solid to high RH. The results of these studies have significant implications for modeling the growth, aging, and ultimately, lifetime of SOA in the atmosphere.

Kidd, Carla; Perraud, Veronique; Wingen, Lisa M.; Finlayson-Pitts, Barbara J.

2014-01-01

282

Optical properties of secondary organic aerosols generated by photooxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The refractive index (RI) is the fundamental characteristic that affects the optical properties of aerosols, which could be some of the most important factors influencing direct radiative forcing. The secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) generated by the photooxidation of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene (BTEX) under low-NOx and high-NOx conditions are explored in this study. The particles generated in our experiments are considered to be spherical, based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) images, and nonabsorbent at a wavelength of 532 nm, as determined by ultraviolet-visible light (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. The retrieved RIs at 532 nm for the SOAs range from 1.38-1.59, depending on several factors, such as different precursors and NOx levels. The RIs of the SOAs are altered differently as the NOx concentration increases as follows: the RIs of the SOAs derived from benzene and toluene increase, whereas those of the SOAs derived from ethylbenzene and m-xylene decrease. Finally, by comparing the experimental data with the model values, we demonstrate that the models likely overestimate the RI values of the SOA particles to a certain extent, which in turn overestimates the global direct radiative forcing of the organic particles.

Li, Kun; Wang, Weigang; Ge, Maofa; Li, Jiangjun; Wang, Dong

2014-05-01

283

Evaluation of a detailed model of secondary organic aerosol formation from ?-pinene against dark ozonolysis experiments  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

BOREAM, a detailed model for the gas-phase oxidation of ?-pinene and its subsequent formation of Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA), is tested against a large set of SOA yield measurements obtained in dark ozonolysis experiments. For the majority of experiments, modelled SOA yields are found to agree with measured yields to within a factor 2. However, the comparisons point to a general underestimation of modelled SOA yields at high temperatures (above 30 °C), reaching an order of magnitude or more in the worst cases, whereas modelled SOA yields are often overestimated at lower temperature (by a factor of about 2). Comparisons of results obtained using four different vapour pressure prediction methods indicate a strong sensitivity to the choice of the method, although the overestimated temperature dependence of the yields is found in all cases. Accounting for non-ideality of the aerosol mixture (based on an adapted UNIFAC method) has significant effects, especially at low yields. Our simulations show that the formation of oligomers through the gas-phase reactions of Stabilised Criegee Intermediates (SCI) with other molecular organic products could increase the SOA yield significantly only at very low relative humidity (below 1%). Further tests show that the agreement between model and measurements is improved when the ozonolysis mechanism includes additional production of non-volatile compounds.

Ceulemans, Karl; Compernolle, Steven; Peeters, Jozef; Müller, Jean-François

2010-12-01

284

Secondary organic aerosol production from aqueous reactions of atmospheric phenols with an organic triplet excited state.  

PubMed

Condensed-phase chemistry plays a significant role in the formation and evolution of atmospheric organic aerosols. Past studies of the aqueous photoformation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) have largely focused on hydroxyl radical oxidation, but here we show that triplet excited states of organic compounds ((3)C*) can also be important aqueous oxidants. We studied the aqueous photoreactions of three phenols (phenol, guaiacol, and syringol) with the aromatic carbonyl 3,4-dimethoxybenzaldehyde (DMB); all of these species are emitted by biomass burning. Under simulated sunlight, DMB forms a triplet excited state that rapidly oxidizes phenols to form low-volatility SOA. Rate constants for these reactions are fast and increase with decreasing pH and increasing methoxy substitution of the phenols. Mass yields of aqueous SOA are near 100% for all three phenols. For typical ambient conditions in areas with biomass combustion, the aqueous oxidation of phenols by (3)C* is faster than by hydroxyl radical, although rates depend strongly on pH, oxidant concentrations, and the identity of the phenol. Our results suggest that (3)C* can be the dominant aqueous oxidant of phenols in areas impacted by biomass combustion and that this is a significant pathway for forming SOA. PMID:24364694

Smith, Jeremy D; Sio, Vicky; Yu, Lu; Zhang, Qi; Anastasio, Cort

2014-01-21

285

Optical properties of secondary organic aerosols generated by photooxidation of aromatic hydrocarbons  

PubMed Central

The refractive index (RI) is the fundamental characteristic that affects the optical properties of aerosols, which could be some of the most important factors influencing direct radiative forcing. The secondary organic aerosols (SOAs) generated by the photooxidation of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and m-xylene (BTEX) under low-NOx and high-NOx conditions are explored in this study. The particles generated in our experiments are considered to be spherical, based on atomic force microscopy (AFM) images, and nonabsorbent at a wavelength of 532?nm, as determined by ultraviolet-visible light (UV-Vis) spectroscopy. The retrieved RIs at 532?nm for the SOAs range from 1.38–1.59, depending on several factors, such as different precursors and NOx levels. The RIs of the SOAs are altered differently as the NOx concentration increases as follows: the RIs of the SOAs derived from benzene and toluene increase, whereas those of the SOAs derived from ethylbenzene and m-xylene decrease. Finally, by comparing the experimental data with the model values, we demonstrate that the models likely overestimate the RI values of the SOA particles to a certain extent, which in turn overestimates the global direct radiative forcing of the organic particles.

Li, Kun; Wang, Weigang; Ge, Maofa; Li, Jiangjun; Wang, Dong

2014-01-01

286

Organosulfates as tracers for secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from 2-methyl-3-buten-2-ol (MBO) in the atmosphere.  

PubMed

2-Methyl-3-buten-2-ol (MBO) is an important biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emitted by pine trees and a potential precursor of atmospheric secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in forested regions. In the present study, hydroxyl radical (OH)-initiated oxidation of MBO was examined in smog chambers under varied initial nitric oxide (NO) and aerosol acidity levels. Results indicate measurable SOA from MBO under low-NO conditions. Moreover, increasing aerosol acidity was found to enhance MBO SOA. Chemical characterization of laboratory-generated MBO SOA reveals that an organosulfate species (C(5)H(12)O(6)S, MW 200) formed and was substantially enhanced with elevated aerosol acidity. Ambient fine aerosol (PM(2.5)) samples collected from the BEARPEX campaign during 2007 and 2009, as well as from the BEACHON-RoMBAS campaign during 2011, were also analyzed. The MBO-derived organosulfate characterized from laboratory-generated aerosol was observed in PM(2.5) collected from these campaigns, demonstrating that it is a molecular tracer for MBO-initiated SOA in the atmosphere. Furthermore, mass concentrations of the MBO-derived organosulfate are well correlated with MBO mixing ratio, temperature, and acidity in the field campaigns. Importantly, this compound accounted for an average of 0.25% and as high as 1% of the total organic aerosol mass during BEARPEX 2009. An epoxide intermediate generated under low-NO conditions is tentatively proposed to produce MBO SOA. PMID:22849588

Zhang, Haofei; Worton, David R; Lewandowski, Michael; Ortega, John; Rubitschun, Caitlin L; Park, Jeong-Hoo; Kristensen, Kasper; Campuzano-Jost, Pedro; Day, Douglas A; Jimenez, Jose L; Jaoui, Mohammed; Offenberg, John H; Kleindienst, Tadeusz E; Gilman, Jessica; Kuster, William C; de Gouw, Joost; Park, Changhyoun; Schade, Gunnar W; Frossard, Amanda A; Russell, Lynn; Kaser, Lisa; Jud, Werner; Hansel, Armin; Cappellin, Luca; Karl, Thomas; Glasius, Marianne; Guenther, Alex; Goldstein, Allen H; Seinfeld, John H; Gold, Avram; Kamens, Richard M; Surratt, Jason D

2012-09-01

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Evidence of Aqueous Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Biogenic Emissions in the North American Sonoran Desert  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study examines the role of aqueous secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in the North American Sonoran Desert as a result of intense solar radiation, enhanced moisture, and biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs). The ratio of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) to organic carbon (OC) nearly doubles during the monsoon season relative to other seasons of the year. When normalized by mixing height, the WSOC enhancement during monsoon months relative to preceding dry months (May - June) exceeds that of sulfate by nearly a factor of ten. WSOC:OC and WSOC are most strongly correlated with moisture parameters, temperature, and concentrations of ozone and BVOCs. No positive relationship was identified between WSOC or WSOC:OC and anthropogenic tracers such as carbon monoxide over a full year. These results are especially of significance as recent modeling studies suggest that aqueous SOA formation is geographically concentrated in the eastern United States and likely unimportant in other areas such as the Southwest.

Sorooshian, A.; Youn, J.; Wang, Z.; Wonaschuetz, A.; Arellano, A. F.; Betterton, E. A.

2013-12-01

288

Evaporation Kinetics and Phase of Laboratory and Ambient Secondary Organic Aerosol  

SciTech Connect

Field measurements of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) find higher mass loads than predicted by models, sparking intense efforts to find additional SOA sources but leaving the assumption of rapid SOA evaporation unchallenged. We characterized room-temperature evaporation of pure SOA and SOA formed in the presence of spectator organic vapors with and without aging. We find that it takes ~24 hrs for pure SOA particles to evaporate 75% of their mass, which is in sharp contrast to the ~10 minutes timescales predicted by models. The presence of spectator organic vapors and aging dramatically reduces the evaporation, and in some cases nearly stops it. For all cases, SOA evaporation behavior is size independent and does not follow the liquid droplet evaporation kinetics assumed by models.

Vaden, Timothy D.; Imre, Dan G.; Beranek, Josef; Shrivastava, ManishKumar B.; Zelenyuk, Alla

2011-02-08

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Organosulfates as Tracers for Secondary Organic Aerosol (SOA) Formation from 2-Methyl-3-Buten-2 ol (MBO) in the Atmosphere  

EPA Science Inventory

2-Methyl-3-buten-2-ol (MBO) is an important biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emitted by pine trees and a potential precursor of atmospheric secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in forested regions. In the present study, hydroxyl radical (OH)-initiated oxidation of MBO was exa...

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Epoxide as a Precursor to Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation from Isoprene Photooxidation in the Presence of Nitrogen Oxides  

EPA Science Inventory

Isoprene is a substantial contributor to the global secondary organic aerosol (SOA) burden, with implications for public health and the climate system. The mechanism by which isoprene-derived SOA is formed and the influence of environmental conditions, however, remain unclear...

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Effect of Slow Aging Reactions on Optical Properties of Secondary Organic Aerosol Prepared by Oxidation of Selected Monoterpenes  

Microsoft Academic Search

Organic particulate matter (PM) has a major impact on atmospheric chemistry, climate, and human health. Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) accounts for a rather significant fraction of organic PM; this includes SOA produced by oxidation of biogenically emitted monoterpenes. Once such SOA is formed, it is believed to undergo slow aging processes, which may have large effects on the physical and

S. A. Nizkorodov; D. L. Bones; D. K. Henricksen; S. A. Mang; A. P. Bateman; X. Pan; T. B. Nguyen; M. Gonsior; W. Cooper; J. Laskin; A. Laskin

2009-01-01

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Contributions of Individual Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds to Secondary Organic Aerosol and Organic Nitrate Formation above a Mixed Forest  

Microsoft Academic Search

Biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) are the largest source of atmospheric non-methane hydrocarbons globally. However, uncertainty remains in understanding the fate of BVOCs following emission. BVOCs can be oxidized to form secondary organic aerosol (SOA), CO, and CO2, or be removed from the atmosphere through dry and wet deposition. Further, the formation of organic nitrates through BVOC reaction with OH

K. A. Pratt; L. H. Mielke; P. B. Shepson; A. M. Bryan; A. L. Steiner; D. Helmig

2010-01-01

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Final Report: Process Models of the Equilibrium Size & State of Organic/Inorganic Aerosols for the Development of Large Scale Atmospheric Models & the Analysis of Field Data  

SciTech Connect

Our work addressed the following elements of the Call for Proposals: (i) “to improve the theoretical representation of aerosol processes studied in ASP laboratory or field studies”, (ii) “to enhance the incorporation of aerosol process information into modules suitable for large-scale or global atmospheric models”, and (iii) “provide systematic experimental validation of process model predictions ... using data from targeted laboratory and field experiments”. Achievements to the end of 2012 are described in four previous reports, and include: new models of densities and surface tensions of pure (single solute) and mixed aqueous solutions of typical aerosol composition under all atmospheric conditions (0 to 100% RH and T > 150 K); inclusion of these models into the widely used Extended Aerosol Inorganics model (E-AIM, http://www.aim.env.uea.ac.uk/aim/aim.php); the addition of vapor pressure calculators for organic compounds to the E-AIM website; the ability of include user-defined organic compounds and/or lumped surrogates in gas/aerosol partitioning calculations; the development of new equations to represent the properties of soluble aerosols over the entire concentration range (using methods based upon adsorption isotherms, and derived using statistical mechanics), including systems at close to zero RH. These results are described in publications 1-6 at the end of this report, and on the “News” page of the E-AIM website (http://www.aim.env.uea.ac.uk/aim/info/news.html). During 2012 and 2013 we have collaborated in a combined observation and lab-based study of the water uptake of the organic component of atmospheric aerosols (PI Gannet Hallar, of the Desert Research Institute). The aerosol samples were analyzed using several complementary techniques (GC/MS, FT-ICR MS, and ion chromatography) to produce a very complete organic “speciation” including both polar and non-polar compounds. Hygroscopic growth factors of the samples were measured, and we have just completed comparisons of the data with our process model predictions based upon the inorganic and organic composition of the samples.

Wexler, Anthony Stein [UC Davis] [UC Davis; Clegg, Simon Leslie [UC Davis] [UC Davis

2013-10-26

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Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in the Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation in the Presence of Diesel Soot Exhaust Presence of Diesel Soot Exhaust  

Microsoft Academic Search

Organic aerosols that forms in the atmosphere as a consequence of atmospheric reactions, are often called SOAs. The resulting aerosols have the potential to influence climate change by altering the earth's radiative balance and by acting as cloud condensation nuclei. They may also have adverse health effects associated with respiratory and circulatory diseases. These atmospheric SOAs can be produced by

Sangdon Lee; Myoseon Jang; Richard M. Kamens

295

Quantification of Semi-Volatile gas-phase Organic Compounds (SVOCs) & Organic Aerosol species and the role of SVOCs in Secondary Organic Aerosol formation  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

A Thermal-Desorption Proton-Transfer-Reaction Mass-Spectrometer (TD-PTR-MS) with different sampling systems (multi-stage denuder for gas phase and impact on a collector for aerosol phase) has been deployed in summer 2013 during the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) at the SEARCH ground site, Centreville, Alabama for in-situ gas phase and aerosol measurements on an hourly time resolution. A bunch of DB-1 column (0.53 mm x 5.0 ?m) is used in the denuder for capturing the bulk of SVOCs and a collection-thermal-desorption (CTD) cell is used for collecting aerosol particles. Several hundreds semivolatile organic compounds (SVOCs) in gas phase and aerosol phases have been detected. The high mass resolution capabilities of ~5000, low detection limit (<0.05 pptv for gas species, <0.01 ng m-3 for aerosol species) and good physical and chemical characterization of SVOCs with the TD-PTR-MS allows constraining both, the quantity and the chemical composition. The SEARCH site was highly impacted by Biogenic Volatile Organic Compounds (BVOCs) and occasionally influenced by anthropogenic pollution. BVOCs and their oxidation products are capable of partitioning into the particle phase, so their simultaneous quantification in both phases has been used to determine the gas/particle-phase partitioning. Our results show the expected diurnal variation based on the changes of air temperature for many species. The results from this study give valuable insights into sources and processing of Secondary Organic Aerosols (SOAs) that can be used to improve parameterization algorithms in regional and global climate models.

Khan, M. H.; Holzinger, R.

2013-12-01

296

Secondary organic aerosol (trans)formation through aqueous phase guaiacol photonitration: chemical characterization of the products  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

One of the largest primary sources of organic aerosol in the atmosphere is biomass burning (BB) (Laskin et al. 2009); in Europe its contribution to annual mean of PM10 is between 3 and 14 % (Maenhaut et al. 2012). During the process of wood burning many different products are formed via thermal degradation of wood lignin. Hardwood burning produces mainly syringol (2,6-dimetoxyphenol) derivatives, while softwood burning exclusively guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) and its derivatives. Taking into account physical properties of methoxyphenols only, their concentrations in atmospheric waters might be underestimated. So, their aqueous phase reactions can be an additional source of SOA, especially in regions under significant influence of wood combustion. An important class of compounds formed during physical and chemical aging of the primary BBA in the atmosphere is nitrocatechols, known as strong absorbers of UV and Vis light (Claeys et al. 2012). Very recently, methyl-nitrocatechols were proposed as suitable markers for highly oxidized secondary BBA (Iinuma et al. 2010, Kitanovski et al. 2012). In the present work, the formation of SOA through aqueous phase photooxidation and nitration of guaiacol was examined. The key objective was to chemically characterize the main low-volatility products and further to check their possible presence in the urban atmospheric aerosols. The aqueous phase reactions were performed in a thermostated reactor under simulated sunlight in the presence of H2O2 and nitrite. Guaiacol reaction products were first concentrated by solid-phase extraction (SPE) and then subjected to semi-preparative liquid chromatography.The main product compounds were fractionated and isolated as pure solids and their structure was further elucidated by using nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H, 13C and 2D NMR) and direct infusion negative ion electro-spray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (( )ESI-MS/MS). The main photonitration products of guaiacol (4-nitroguaiacol, 6-nitroguaiacol and 4,6-dinitroguaiacol) were examined for their presence in winter aerosol samples by using an optimized HPLC-(?)ESI-MS/MS. 4-nitroguaiacol and 4,6-dinitroguaiacol were unambiguously identified in winter PM10 from Ljubljana, Slovenia, whereas the absence of 6-nitroguaiacol was further explained with the help of long-term reaction monitoring. To our knowledge, our study represents the first report on the identification of 4,6-dinitroguaiacol in ambient aerosols. Laskin, A. et al. (2009) Environ. Sci. Technol. 43, 3764-3771. Maenhaut, W. et al. (2012) Sci. Tot. Environ. 437, 226-236. Claeys, M. et al. (2012) Environ. Chem. 9, 273-284. Iinuma, Y. et al. (2010) Environ. Sci. Technol. 44, 8453-8459. Kitanovski, Z. et al. (2012)J. Chromatogr. A 1268, 35-43.

Grgi?, Irena; Kitanovski, Zoran; Krofli?, Ana; ?usak, Alen

2014-05-01

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Evolution of the complex refractive index in the UV spectral region in ageing secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The chemical and physical properties of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed by the photochemical degradation of biogenic and anthropogenic volatile organic compounds (VOC) are as yet still poorly constrained. The evolution of the complex refractive index (RI) of SOA, formed from purely biogenic VOC and mixtures of biogenic and anthropogenic VOC, was studied over a diurnal cycle in the SAPHIR photochemical outdoor chamber in Jülich, Germany. The correlation of RI with SOA chemical and physical properties such as oxidation level and volatility was examined. The RI was retrieved by a newly developed broadband cavity-enhanced spectrometer for aerosol optical extinction measurements in the UV spectral region (360 to 420 nm). Chemical composition and volatility of the particles were monitored by a high-resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer, and a volatility tandem differential mobility analyzer. SOA was formed by ozonolysis of either (i) a mixture of biogenic VOC (?-pinene and limonene), (ii) biogenic VOC mixture with subsequent addition of an anthropogenic VOC (p-xylene-d10), or (iii) a mixture of biogenic and anthropogenic VOC. The SOA aged by ozone/OH reactions up to 29.5 h was found to be non-absorbing in all cases. The SOA with p-xylene-d10 showed an increase of the scattering component of the RI correlated with an increase of the O / C ratio and with an increase in the SOA density. There was a greater increase in the scattering component of the RI when the SOA was produced from the mixture of biogenic VOCs and anthropogenic VOC than from the sequential addition of the VOCs after approximately the same ageing time. The increase of the scattering component was inversely correlated with the SOA volatility. Two RI retrievals determined for the pure biogenic SOA showed a constant RI for up to 5 h of ageing. Mass spectral characterization shows the three types of the SOA formed in this study have a significant amount of semivolatile components. The influence of anthropogenic VOCs on the oxygenated organic aerosol as well as the atmospheric implications are discussed.

Flores, J. M.; Zhao, D. F.; Segev, L.; Schlag, P.; Kiendler-Scharr, A.; Fuchs, H.; Watne, Å. K.; Bluvshtein, N.; Mentel, Th. F.; Hallquist, M.; Rudich, Y.

2014-06-01

298

The direct and indirect radiative effects of biogenic secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We use a global aerosol microphysics model in combination with an offline radiative transfer model to quantify the radiative effect of biogenic secondary organic aerosol (SOA) in the present-day atmosphere. Through its role in particle growth and ageing, the presence of biogenic SOA increases the global annual mean concentration of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN; at 0.2% supersaturation) by 3.6-21.1%, depending upon the yield of SOA production from biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs), and the nature and treatment of concurrent primary carbonaceous emissions. This increase in CCN causes a rise in global annual mean cloud droplet number concentration (CDNC) of 1.9-5.2%, and a global mean first aerosol indirect effect (AIE) of between +0.01 W m-2 and -0.12 W m-2. The radiative impact of biogenic SOA is far greater when biogenic oxidation products also contribute to the very early stages of new particle formation; using two organically mediated mechanisms for new particle formation, we simulate global annual mean first AIEs of -0.22 W m-2 and -0.77 W m-2. The inclusion of biogenic SOA substantially improves the simulated seasonal cycle in the concentration of CCN-sized particles observed at three forested sites. The best correlation is found when the organically mediated nucleation mechanisms are applied, suggesting that the first AIE of biogenic SOA could be as large as -0.77 W m-2. The radiative impact of SOA is sensitive to the presence of anthropogenic emissions. Lower background aerosol concentrations simulated with anthropogenic emissions from 1750 give rise to a greater fractional CCN increase and a more substantial first AIE from biogenic SOA. Consequently, the anthropogenic indirect radiative forcing between 1750 and the present day is sensitive to assumptions about the amount and role of biogenic SOA. We also calculate an annual global mean direct radiative effect of between -0.08 W m-2 and -0.78 W m-2 in the present day, with uncertainty in the amount of SOA produced from the oxidation of BVOCs accounting for most of this range.

Scott, C. E.; Rap, A.; Spracklen, D. V.; Forster, P. M.; Carslaw, K. S.; Mann, G. W.; Pringle, K. J.; Kivekäs, N.; Kulmala, M.; Lihavainen, H.; Tunved, P.

2014-01-01

299

Secondary Organic Aerosol formation from isoprene photooxidation under dry conditions (CUMULUS project)  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Isoprene (2-methyl-1,3-butadiene, C5H8) is one of the most abundant non-methane hydrocarbons emitted into the troposphere. Its annual global emission has recently been estimated in the range of 440 to 660 TgC (Guenther et al., 2006). Because of its large concentrations and high reactivity with the hydroxyl radical (OH), isoprene can have a strong influence on tropospheric photochemistry. It has been determined recently that isoprene also plays a role in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in the ambient atmosphere even if isoprene leads to low SOA yields. The aim of the present work was to study isoprene photo-oxidation with OH radical in order to investigate its oxidation products and resulting aerosol production. A special care was taken to the realism of the experiment: light source, NOx and OH levels and aging time (around 10 hours). Experiments were performed in the CESAM chamber (Wang et al., 2011) which was designed to investigate multiphase processes under realistic actinic flux, and accurate control of temperature. In each experiment, around 800 ppb of isoprene was injected in the chamber together with the OH source under dry conditions (<5 %RH) before irradiation. Gas-phase composition was analyzed in-situ by a Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometer (FTIR), a Proton Transfer Reaction Mass Spectrometer (PTR-TOF-MS) and NOx and ozone analyzers. A Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS) and an Aerodyne High Resolution Time-Of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometer (HR-TOF-AMS) were also used to investigate SOA formation and composition. In all experiments, we noted a SOA production at the end of isoprene oxidation i.e. exhibiting a clear secondary products type growth. Several results (including SOA densities and yields, and O/C ratios) were obtained using SMPS and AMS data allowing us to characterize SOA formation and composition during the experiments. The characterization of the gaseous and particulate phases will be presented. While the SOA yields in the literature exhibit a general dispersion, the SOA yields obtained during the experiments are consistent with the lowest values found in the literature. Some assumptions concerning the cause of this dispersion, including the role of the irradiation source used, will be discussed. Guenther, A. et al. (2006). Atmos. Chem. Phys 6(11): 3181-3210. Wang, J. et al. (2011). Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 4(11): 2465-2494.

Brégonzio-Rozier, Lola; Siekmann, Frank; Giorio, Chiara; Temime-Roussel, Brice; Pangui, Edouard; Morales, Sébastien; Gratien, Aline; Ravier, Sylvain; Monod, Anne; Doussin, Jean-Francois

2014-05-01

300

Laboratory Studies of Processing of Carbonaceous Aerosols by Atmospheric Oxidants/Hygroscopicity and CCN Activity of Secondary & Processed Primary Organic Aerosols  

SciTech Connect

The atmosphere is composed of a complex mixture of gases and suspended microscopic aerosol particles. The ability of these particles to take up water (hygroscopicity) and to act as nuclei for cloud droplet formation significantly impacts aerosol light scattering and absorption, and cloud formation, thereby influencing air quality, visibility, and climate in important ways. A substantial, yet poorly characterized component of the atmospheric aerosol is organic matter. Its major sources are direct emissions from combustion processes, which are referred to as primary organic aerosol (POA), or in situ processes in which volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are oxidized in the atmosphere to low volatility reaction products that subsequent condense to form particles that are referred to as secondary organic aerosol (SOA). POA and VOCs are emitted to the atmosphere from both anthropogenic and natural (biogenic) sources. The overall goal of this experimental research project was to conduct laboratory studies under simulated atmospheric conditions to investigate the effects of the chemical composition of organic aerosol particles on their hygroscopicity and cloud condensation nucleation (CCN) activity, in order to develop quantitative relationships that could be used to more accurately incorporate aerosol-cloud interactions into regional and global atmospheric models. More specifically, the project aimed to determine the products, mechanisms, and rates of chemical reactions involved in the processing of organic aerosol particles by atmospheric oxidants and to investigate the relationships between the chemical composition of organic particles (as represented by molecule sizes and the specific functional groups that are present) and the hygroscopicity and CCN activity of oxidized POA and SOA formed from the oxidation of the major classes of anthropogenic and biogenic VOCs that are emitted to the atmosphere, as well as model hydrocarbons. The general approach for this project was to carry out reactions of representative anthropogenic and biogenic VOCs and organic particles with ozone (O3), and hydroxyl (OH), nitrate (NO3), and chlorine (Cl) radicals, which are the major atmospheric oxidants, under simulated atmospheric conditions in large-volume environmental chambers. A combination of on-line and off-line analytical techniques were used to monitor the chemical and physical properties of the particles including their hygroscopicity and CCN activity. The results of the studies were used to (1) improve scientific understanding of the relationships between the chemical composition of organic particles and their hygroscopicity and CCN activity, (2) develop an improved molecular level theoretical framework for describing these relationships, and (3) establish a large database that is being used to develop parameterizations relating organic aerosol chemical properties and SOA sources to particle hygroscopicity and CCN activity for use in regional and global atmospheric air quality and climate models.

Ziemann, P.J.; Arey, J.; Atkinson, R.; Kreidenweis, S.M.; Petters, M.D.

2012-06-13

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Overview of the inorganic and organic composition of size-segregated aerosol in Rondônia, Brazil, from the biomass-burning period to the onset of the wet season  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The aerosol characterization experiment performed within the Large-Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia-Smoke, Aerosols, Clouds, Rainfall and Climate (LBA-SMOCC) field experiment carried out in Rondônia, Brazil, in the period from September to November 2002 provides a unique data set of size-resolved chemical composition of boundary layer aerosol over the Amazon Basin from the intense biomass-burning period to the onset of the wet season. Three main periods were clearly distinguished on the basis of the PM10 concentration trend during the experiment: (1) dry period, with average PM10 well above 50 ?g m-3; (2) transition period, during which the 24-hour-averaged PM10 never exceeded 40 ?g m-3 and never dropped below 10 ?g m-3; (3) and wet period, characterized by 48-hour-averaged concentrations of PM10 below 12 ?g m-3 and sometimes as low as 2 ?g m-3. The trend of PM10 reflects that of CO concentration and can be directly linked to the decreasing intensity of the biomass-burning activities from September through November, because of the progressive onset of the wet season. Two prominent aerosol modes, in the submicron and supermicron size ranges, were detected throughout the experiment. Dry period size distributions are dominated by the fine mode, while the fine and coarse modes show almost the same concentrations during the wet period. The supermicron fraction of the aerosol is composed mainly of primary particles of crustal or biological origin, whereas submicron particles are produced in high concentrations only during the biomass-burning periods and are mainly composed of organic material, mostly water-soluble, and ˜10% of soluble inorganic salts, with sulphate as the major anion. Size-resolved average aerosol chemical compositions are reported for the dry, transition, and wet periods. However, significant variations in the aerosol composition and concentrations were observed within each period, which can be classified into two categories: (1) diurnal oscillations, caused by the diurnal cycle of the boundary layer and the different combustion phase active during day (flaming) or night (smouldering); and (2) day-to-day variations, due to alternating phases of relatively wet and dry conditions. In a second part of the study, three subperiods representative of the conditions occurring in the dry, transition, and wet periods were isolated to follow the evolution of the aerosol chemical composition as a function of changes in rainfall rate and in the strength of the sources of particulate matter. The chemical data set provided by the SMOCC field experiment will be useful to characterize the aerosol hygroscopic properties and the ability of the particles to act as cloud condensation nuclei.

Fuzzi, Sandro; Decesari, Stefano; Facchini, Maria Cristina; Cavalli, Fabrizia; Emblico, Lorenza; Mircea, Mihaiela; Andreae, Meinrat O.; Trebs, Ivonne; Hoffer, AndráS.; Guyon, Pascal; Artaxo, Paulo; Rizzo, Luciana V.; Lara, Luciene L.; Pauliquevis, Theotonio; Maenhaut, Willy; Raes, Nico; Chi, Xuguang; Mayol-Bracero, Olga L.; Soto-GarcíA, Lydia L.; Claeys, Magda; Kourtchev, Ivan; Rissler, Jenny; Swietlicki, Erik; Tagliavini, Emilio; Schkolnik, Gal; Falkovich, Alla H.; Rudich, Yinon; Fisch, Gilberto; Gatti, Luciana V.

2007-01-01

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Secondary organic aerosol (trans)formation through aqueous phase guaiacol photonitration: a kinetic study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

It is well known that atmospheric aerosols play a crucial role in the Earth's climate and public health (Pöschl 2005). Despite a great effort invested in the studies of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) budget, composition, and its formation mechanisms, there is still a gap between field observations and atmospheric model predictions (Heald et al. 2005, Hallquist et al. 2009, and Lim et al. 2010). The insisting uncertainties surrounding SOA formation and aging thus gained an increasing interest in atmospheric aqueous phase chemistry; they call for more complex and time consuming studies at the environmentally relevant conditions allowing confident extrapolation to desired ambient conditions. In addition to the adverse health effects of atmospheric particulate matter (PM) as such, toxicity is also attributed to nitro-aromatic and other organic compounds which have already been detected in real aerosol samples (Traversi et al. 2009). Moreover, low-volatility aromatic derivatives are believed to form at least partly in the aerosol aqueous phase and not only in the gas phase from where they partition into water droplets (Ervens et al. 2011). Two nitro derivatives of biomass burning tracer guaiacol have recently been found in winter PM10 samples from the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and aqueous photonitration reaction was proposed as their possible production pathway (Kitanovski et al. 2012). In this study the kinetics of guaiacol nitration in aqueous solution was investigated in the presence of H2O2 and NO2¯ upon simulated solar irradiation (Xenon lamp, 300 W). During the experiment the DURAN® flask with the reaction mixture was held in the thermostated bath and thoroughly mixed. The reaction was monitored for 44 hours at different temperatures. Guaiacol and its main nitro-products (4-nitroguaiacol, 4-NG; 6-nitroguaiacol, 6-NG; and 4,6-dinitroguaiacol, 4,6-DNG) were quantified in every aliquot, taken from the reaction mixture, by use of high pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC). The reaction kinetics was determined and the temperature dependence of pseudo-first order rate constants was described by the Arrhenius equation. The guaiacol lifetime in the atmosphere at low temperature was predicted afterwards. Last but not least, the long-term reaction monitoring explained the absence of 6-NG in real aerosol samples analyzed by Kitanovski et al. (2012). Pöschl, U. (2005) Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 44, 7520-7540. Heald, C.L. et al. (2005) Geophys. Res. Lett. 32, L18809-L18812. Hallquist, M. et al. (2009) Atmos. Chem. Phys. 9, 5155-5236. Lim Y.B. et al. (2010) Atmos. Chem. Phys. 10, 10521-10539. Traversi, D. et al. (2009) Environ. Int. 35, 905-910. Ervens, B. et al. (2011) Atmos. Chem. Phys. 11, 11069-11102. Kitanovski, Z. et al. (2012) J. Chromatogr. A 1268, 35-43.

Krofli?, Ana; Grgi?, Irena

2014-05-01

303

Composition of Secondary Organic Aerosol from the Photolysis of 1-Nitronaphthalene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Nitro-substituted polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are of interest due to their associated mutagenic and carcinogenic effects. 1-Nitronaphthalene is emitted directly from combustion processes such as vehicle exhaust, but is also formed through the reaction of naphthalene with the hydroxyl or nitrate radical in the presence of NOx. Photolysis has previously been demonstrated to be the major degradation pathway for 1-nitronaphthalene in the troposphere. In this study, a series of simulation chamber experiments has been performed to investigate the chemical composition of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed through the direct photolysis of 1-nitronaphthalene using an Aerosol Time-Of-Flight Mass Spectrometer (ATOFMS, TSI). SOA forms rapidly with a yield of up to 50% depending on precursor concentration and photolysis rate. Along with expected products such as naphthoquinone and nitronaphthol, condensed species exhibiting mass spectra consistent with the presence of four aromatic rings were also observed. It is proposed that these species may be formed through dimerization of naphthoxy radicals generated during the photolysis process. Further evidence to support this mechanism was obtained when 1-nitronaphthalene was photolyzed in the presence of excess nitrobenzene. Dimers were then formed containing three aromatic rings, consistent with the reaction of phenoxy and naphthoxy radicals. The molecular formulae of the dimers were also confirmed by collecting SOA on filters and analysing the extracts off-line using an LTQ Orbitrap Velos mass spectrometer (Thermo-Fisher Scientific), fitted with a TriVersa NanoMate chip-based electrospray ionization source (Advion Biosystems). The rapid formation of condensable dimers through the self-reaction of naphthoxy radicals represents a previously unreported potential pathway to SOA formation. Analogous mechanisms may also be important for other nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.

Wenger, J.; Healy, R.; Chen, Y.; Kalberer, M.; Kourtchev, I.

2012-12-01

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Formation of Anthropogenic and Biogenic Secondary Organic Aerosol at Bakersfield, CA  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The source and chemistry of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) are major challenges remaining unresolved in the atmospheric science. To address this uncertainty, measurements were conducted at the Bakersfield (California, US) supersite during the CALNEX campaign in May and June of 2010. The submicron organic mass (OM), a major component of PM1 (65%), accounted for 70% of the OM in PM2.5. A majority of this submicron OM (80-90%) was composed of SOA, which is a mixture of components formed from anthropogenic and biogenic origins. These SOA components were distinguished and consistently identified from the factor analysis applied on the independent Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and High Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass Spectrometry measurements. The SOA formed from motor vehicular emissions dominated the OM (65%). This SOA was likely composed of oxidation products from alkane (alkane SOA; 41% of the OM) and PAH (PAH SOA; 24% of the OM) compound classes. The alkane SOA tightly tracked the ozone mixing ratios, suggesting that this component was likely formed via the ozone-driven oxidation processes. The PAH SOA was likely formed by OH radical oxidation, consistent with the good correlation of the PAH SOA to sulfate, which is a surrogate for gas-phase OH oxidation under dry conditions. The petroleum operation SOA, a nearly missing component in the source inventory of PM2.5 in San Joaquin Valley, accounted for 14% of the OM. While the anthropogenic SOA components were formed during the daytime, the biogenic SOA (10-13% of the OM) was likely the product of NO3 radical oxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds, which transported from the nearby mountain regions to the sampling site at night. The mass concentration of the SOA components could help improve the source inventory estimation of San Joaquin Valley, and the formation pathways of distinct SOA components were suggested in this work.

Liu, S.; Russell, L. M.; Day, D. A.; Zhao, Y.; Goldstein, A. H.; Weber, R.

2011-12-01

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Contributions of organic peroxides to secondary aerosol formed from reactions of monoterpenes with O3.  

PubMed

The role of organic peroxides in secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation from reactions of monoterpenes with O3 was investigated in a series of environmental chamber experiments. Reactions were performed with endocyclic (alpha-pinene and delta3-carene) and exocyclic (beta-pinene and sabinene) alkenes in dry and humid air and in the presence of the OH radical scavengers: cyclohexane, 1-propanol, and formaldehyde. A thermal desorption particle beam mass spectrometer was used to probe the identity and volatility of SOA components, and an iodometric-spectrophotometric method was used to quantify organic peroxides. Thermal desorption profiles and mass spectra showed that the most volatile SOA components had vapor pressures similar to pinic acid and that much of the SOA consisted of less volatile species that were probably oligomeric compounds. Peroxide analyses indicated that the SOA was predominantly organic peroxides, providing evidence that the oligomers were mostly peroxyhemiacetals formed by heterogeneous reactions of hydroperoxides and aldehydes. For example, it was estimated that organic peroxides contributed approximately 47 and approximately 85% of the SOA mass formed in the alpha- and beta-pinene reactions, respectively. Reactions performed with different OH radical scavengers indicated that most of the hydroperoxides were formed through the hydroperoxide channel rather than by reactions of stabilized Criegee intermediates. The effect of the OH radical scavenger on the SOA yield was also investigated, and the results were consistent with results of recent experiments and model simulations that support a mechanism based on changes in the [HO2]/[RO2] ratios. These are the first measurements of organic peroxides in monoterpene SOA, and the results have important implications for understanding the mechanisms of SOA formation and the potential effects of atmospheric aerosol particles on the environment and human health. PMID:15984782

Docherty, Kenneth S; Wu, Wilbur; Lim, Yong Bin; Ziemann, Paul J

2005-06-01

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Secondary Aerosol Formation in the planetary boundary layer observed by aerosol mass spectrometry on a Zeppelin NT  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The airship Zeppelin NT is an airborne platform capable of flying at low speed throughout the entire planetary boundary layer (PBL). In combination with the high scientific payload of more than 1 ton, the Zeppelin is an ideal platform to study regional processes in the lowest layers of the atmosphere with high spatial resolution. Atmospheric aerosol as a medium long lived tracer substance is of particular interest due to its influence on the global radiation budget. Due its lifetime of up to several days secondaray aerosol at a certain location can result from local production or from transport processes. For aerosol measurements on a Zeppelin, a High-Resolution Time-of-Flight Aerosol Mass spectrometer (DeCarlo et al, 2006) was adapted to the requirements posed by an airborne platform. A weight reduction of over 20 % compared to the commercial instrument was achieved, while space occupation and footprint were each reduced by over 25 %. Within the PEGASOS project, the instrument was part of 10 measurement flight days over the course of seven weeks. Three flights were starting from Rotterdam, NL, seven flights were starting from Ozzano in the Po Valley, IT. Flight patterns included vertical profiles to study the dynamics of the PBL and cross sections through regions of interest to shed light on local production and transport processes. Analysis of data from transects between the Apennin and San Pietro Capofiume in terms of "residence time of air masses in the Po valley" indicates that aerosol nitrate has only local sources while aerosol sulfate is dominated by transport. The organic aerosol component has significant contributions of both processes. The local prodcution yields are commensurable with imultaneously observed precursor concentrations and oxidant levels. The PEGASOS project is funded by the European Commission under the Framework Programme 7 (FP7-ENV-2010-265148). DeCarlo, P.F. et al (2006), Anal. Chem., 78, 8281-8289.

Rubach, Florian; Trimborn, Achim; Mentel, Thomas; Wahner, Andreas; Zeppelin Pegasos-Team 2012

2014-05-01

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Regional-scale modeling of secondary organic aerosol formation downwind from the DWH oil spill  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In response to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the NOAA P3 aircraft performed two flights over the Gulf of Mexico during 8th and 10th of June 2010 with multiple flight legs around the DWH site to quantify the atmospheric impact of the oil spill. The measurements detected high concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and organic aerosols (OA) downwind of the spill site. Spatial characteristics of the observed OA distribution indicated a moderate secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation in narrow plumes coincident with high concentrations of aromatic VOCs, and also a much broader and larger SOA plume somewhat removed from the spill site. These patterns can qualitatively be explained by a dependence of VOC species volatility on the distance to the DWH spill site, and SOA yield differences associated with lower volatility (C12-C20 alkanes) versus higher volatility VOC (C7-C11 alkanes and aromatics) that comprise the bulk of the spilled oil reaching the surface. In order to test this SOA formation hypothesis the WRF-CHEM model has been applied to the Gulf of Mexico for the period of P3 aircraft operations. Modifications to the original WRF-Chem formulation include the addition of hexadecane (n-C16) within the gas-phase mechanism, and a new volatility basis set approach to simulate SOA formation using the most recent SOA yields from available literature. Emissions of NOx and C6-C11 VOC species are constrained from the P3 aircraft observations. The model has been run with different horizontal resolutions, and different emission scenarios for C12-C20 VOCs that were inferred from the composition of oil collected near the DWH. Model results for SOA and total PM2.5 aerosol are compared with the observations collected aboard the P3 aircraft, and coastal PM2.5 monitors positioned downwind of the DWH spill site, in order to test the veracity of the model formulation and help constrain the conceptual model of SOA formation from DWH outlined above.

Ahmadov, R.; McKeen, S. A.; Bahreini, R.; Brioude, J.; de Gouw, J. A.; Middlebrook, A. M.; Murphy, D. M.; Pollack, I. B.; Robinson, A. L.; Ryerson, T. B.; Trainer, M.; Warneke, C.

2010-12-01

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Measurements of secondary organic aerosol formed from OH-initiated photo-oxidation of isoprene using online photoionization aerosol mass spectrometry.  

PubMed

Isoprene is a significant source of atmospheric organic aerosol; however, the secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation and involved chemical reaction pathways have remained to be elucidated. Recent works have shown that the photo-oxidation of isoprene leads to form SOA. In this study, the chemical composition of SOA from the OH-initiated photo-oxidation of isoprene, in the absence of seed aerosols, was investigated through the controlled laboratory chamber experiments. Thermal desorption/tunable vacuum-ultraviolet photoionization time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometry (TD-VUV-TOF-PIAMS) was used in conjunction with the environmental chamber to study SOA formation. The mass spectra obtained at different photon energies and the photoionization efficiency (PIE) spectra of the SOA products can be obtained in real time. Aided by the ionization energies (IE) either from the ab initio calculations or the literatures, a number of SOA products were proposed. In addition to methacrolein, methyl vinyl ketone, and 3-methyl-furan, carbonyls, hydroxycarbonyls, nitrates, hydroxynitrates, and other oxygenated compounds in SOA formed in laboratory photo-oxiadation experiments were identified, some of them were investigated for the first time. Detailed chemical identification of SOA is crucial for understanding the photo-oxidation mechanisms of VOCs and the eventual formation of SOA. Possible reaction mechanisms will be discussed. PMID:22397593

Fang, Wenzheng; Gong, Lei; Zhang, Qiang; Cao, Maoqi; Li, Yuquan; Sheng, Liusi

2012-04-01

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Can Secondary Organic Aerosol Formed in Atmospheric Simulation Chamber Be Continuously Aging?  

Microsoft Academic Search

Recent smog chamber studies have found that the oxidative processing (i.e. aging) of organic aerosol affects the chemical and physical properties for both aromatic and terpene aerosol precursors. Evidence from laboratory experiments suggests that organic aerosol can be converted from a hydrophobic to a hydrophilic state with aging. Several possible chemical mechanisms have been proposed based on chamber studies from

L. Qi; S. Nakao; Q. Malloy; B. Warren; D. Cocker

2009-01-01

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Formation of secondary organic aerosol and oligomers from the ozonolysis of enol ethers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Formation of secondary organic aerosol has been observed in the gas phase ozonolysis of a series of enol ethers, among them several alkyl vinyl ethers (AVE, ROCH=CH2), such as ethyl, propyl, n-butyl, iso-butyl, t-butyl vinyl ether, and ethyl propenyl ether (EPE, C2H5OCH=CHCH3). The ozonolysis has been studied in a 570 l spherical glass reactor at ambient pressure (730 Torr) and room temperature (296 K). Gas phase reaction products were investigated by in-situ FTIR spectroscopy, and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation was monitored by a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS). The chemical composition of the formed SOA was analysed by a hybrid mass spectrometer using electrospray ionization (ESI). The main stable gas phase reaction product is the respective alkyl formate ROC(O)H, formed with yields of 60 to 80%, implying that similar yields of the corresponding excited Criegee Intermediates (CI) CH2O2 for the AVE and CH3CHO2 for EPE are generated. Measured SOA yields are between 2 to 4% for all enol ethers. Furthermore, SOA formation is strongly reduced or suppressed by the presence of an excess of formic acid, which acts as an efficient CI scavenger. Chemical analysis of the formed SOA by ESI(+)/MS-TOF allows to identify oligomeric compounds in the mass range 200 to 800 u as its major constituents. Repetitive chain units are identified as CH2O2 (mass 46) for the AVE and C2H4O2 (mass 60) for EPE and thus have the same chemical compositions as the respective major Criegee Intermediates formed during ozonolysis of these ethers. The oligomeric structure and chain unit identity are confirmed by HPLC/ESI(+)/MS-TOF and ESI(+)/MS/MS-TOF experiments, whereby successive and systematic loss of a fragment with mass 46 for the AVE (and mass 60 for EPE) is observed. It is proposed that the oligomer has the following basic structure of an oligoperoxide, -[CH(R)-O-O]n-, where R=H for the AVE and R=CH3 for the EPE. Oligoperoxide formation is thus suggested to be another, so far unknown reaction of stabilized Criegee Intermediates in the gas phase ozonolysis of oxygen-containing alkenes leading to SOA formation.

Sadezky, A.; Chaimbault, P.; Mellouki, A.; Römpp, A.; Winterhalter, R.; Le Bras, G.; Moortgat, G. K.

2006-10-01

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Formation of secondary organic aerosol and oligomers from the ozonolysis of enol ethers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Formation of secondary organic aerosol has been observed in the gas phase ozonolysis of a series of enol ethers, among them several alkyl vinyl ethers (AVE, ROCH=CH2), such as ethyl, propyl, n-butyl, iso-butyl, t-butyl vinyl ether, and ethyl propenyl ether (EPE, C2H5OCH=CHCH3). The ozonolysis has been studied in a 570 l spherical glass reactor at atmospheric pressure (730 Torr) and temperature (296 K). Gas phase reaction products were investigated by in-situ FTIR spectroscopy, and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation was monitored by a scanning mobility particle sizer (SMPS). The chemical composition of the formed SOA was analysed by a hybrid mass spectrometer using electrospray ionization (ESI). The main stable gas phase reaction product is the respective alkyl formate ROC(O)H, formed with yields of 60 to 80%, implying that similar yields of the corresponding Criegee Intermediates (CI) CH2O2 for the AVE and CH3CHO2 for EPE are generated. Measured SOA yields are between 2 to 4% for all enol ethers. Furthermore, SOA formation is strongly reduced or suppressed by the presence of an excess of formic acid, which acts as an efficient CI scavenger. Chemical analysis of the formed SOA by ESI(+)/MS-TOF allows to identify oligomeric compounds in the mass range 200 to 800 u as its major constituents. Repetitive chain units are identified as CH2O2 (mass 46) for the AVE and C2H4O2 (mass 60) for EPE and thus have the same chemical compositions as the respective major Criegee Intermediates formed during ozonolysis of these ethers. The oligomeric structure and chain unit identity are confirmed by HPLC/ESI(+)/MS-TOF and ESI(+)/MS/MS-TOF experiments, whereby successive and systematic loss of a fragment with mass 46 for the AVE (and mass 60 for EPE) is observed. It is proposed that the oligomer has the following basic structure of an oligoperoxide, -[CH(R)-O-O]n-, where R=H for the AVE and R=CH3 for the EPE. Oligoperoxide formation is thus suggested to be another, so far unknown reaction of stabilized Criegee Intermediates in the gas phase ozonolysis of oxygen-containing alkenes leading to SOA formation.

Sadezky, A.; Chaimbault, P.; Mellouki, A.; Römpp, A.; Winterhalter, R.; Le Bras, G.; Moortgat, G. K.

2006-06-01

312

Secondary organic aerosol production from diesel vehicle exhaust: impact of aftertreatment, fuel chemistry and driving cycle  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Environmental chamber ("smog chamber") experiments were conducted to investigate secondary organic aerosol (SOA) production from dilute emissions from two medium-duty diesel vehicles (MDDVs) and three heavy-duty diesel vehicles (HDDVs) under urban-like conditions. Some of the vehicles were equipped with emission control aftertreatment devices including diesel particulate filters (DPF), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel oxidation catalysts (DOC). Experiments were also performed with different fuels (100% biodiesel and low-, medium- or high-aromatic ultralow sulfur diesel) and driving cycles (Unified Cycle, Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule, and creep+idle). During normal operation, vehicles with a catalyzed DPF emitted very little primary particulate matter (PM). Furthermore, photo-oxidation of dilute emissions from these vehicles produced essentially no SOA (below detection limit). However, significant primary PM emissions and SOA production were measured during active DPF regeneration experiments. Nevertheless, under reasonable assumptions about DPF regeneration frequency, the contribution of regeneration emissions to the total vehicle emissions is negligible, reducing PM trapping efficiency by less than 2%. Therefore, catalyzed DPFs appear to be very effective in reducing both primary and secondary fine particulate matter from diesel vehicles. For both MDDVs and HDDVs without aftertreatment substantial SOA formed in the smog chamber - with the emissions from some vehicles generating twice as much SOA as primary organic aerosol after three hours of oxidation at typical urban VOC : NOx ratios (3:1). Comprehensive organic gas speciation was performed on these emissions, but less than half of the measured SOA could be explained by traditional (speciated) SOA precursors. The remainder presumably originates from the large fraction (~30%) of the non-methane organic gas emissions that could not be speciated using traditional one-dimensional gas-chromatography. The unspeciated organics - likely comprising less volatile species, such as intermediate volatility organic compounds - appear to be important SOA precursors; we estimate that the effective SOA yield (defined as the ratio of SOA mass to reacted precursor mass) was 9 ± 6% if both speciated SOA precursors and unspeciated organics are included in the analysis. SOA production from creep+idle operation was 3-4 times larger than SOA production from the same vehicle operated over the Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS). Fuel properties had little or no effect on primary PM emissions or SOA formation.

Gordon, T. D.; Presto, A. A.; Nguyen, N. T.; Robertson, W. H.; Na, K.; Sahay, K. N.; Zhang, M.; Maddox, C.; Rieger, P.; Chattopadhyay, S.; Maldonado, H.; Maricq, M. M.; Robinson, A. L.

2013-09-01

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Size distribution and chemical composition of secondary organic aerosol formed from C1-initiated oxidation of toluene.  

PubMed

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed from C1-initiated oxidation of toluene was investigated in a home-made smog chamber. The size distribution and chemical composition of SOA particles were measured using aerodynamic particle sizer spectrometer and the aerosol laser time-of-flight mass spectrometer (ALTOFMS), respectively. According to a large number of single aerosol diameter and mass spectra, the size distribution and chemical composition of SOA were obtained statistically. Experimental results showed that SOA particles created by C1-initiated oxidation of toluene is predominantly in the form of fine particles, which have diameters less than 2.5 microm (i.e., PM2.5), and glyoxal, benzaldehyde, benzyl alcohol, benzoquinone, benzoic acid, benzyl hydroperoxide and benzyl methyl nitrate are the major products components in the SOA. The possible reaction mechanisms leading to these products are also proposed. PMID:22893963

Huang, Mingqiang; Zhang, Weijun; Gu, Xuejun; Hu, Changjin; Zhao, Weixiong; Wang, Zhenya; Fang, Li

2012-01-01

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Characteristics of water-soluble inorganic and organic ions in aerosols over the Southern Ocean and coastal East Antarctica during austral summer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

characterize the concentrations and size distributions of water-soluble organic and inorganic aerosol species, including Na+, non-sea-salt sulfate (nss SO42-), methane sulfonate (MSA), oxalate, and succinate, over the Southern Ocean (SO) and coastal East Antarctica (CEA), bulk and size-segregated aerosols were collected from 40°S, 100°E to 69°S, 76°E and between 69°S, 76°E and 66°S, 110°E during a cruise from November 2010 to March 2011. Results show that sea salt was the major component of the total aerosol mass, accounting for 72% over the SO and 56% over CEA. The average concentrations of nss SO42- varied from 420 ng m-3 over the SO to 480 ng m-3 over CEA. The concentrations of MSA ranged from 63 to 87 ng m-3 over the SO and from 46 to 170 ng m-3 in CEA. The average concentrations of oxalate were 3.8 ng m-3 over the SO and 2.2 ng m-3 over CEA. The concentrations of formate, acetate, and succinate were lower than those of oxalate. A bimodal size distribution of aerosol mass existed over CEA, peaking at 0.32-0.56 µm and 3.2-5.6 µm. MSA was accumulated in particles of 0.32-0.56 µm over CEA. High chloride depletion was associated with fine-mode particles enriched with nss SO42-, MSA, and oxalate. Higher cation-to-anion and NH4+/nss SO42- ratios in aerosols over CEA compared to that over the SO imply the higher neutralization capacity of the marine atmosphere over CEA.

Xu, Guojie; Gao, Yuan; Lin, Qi; Li, Wei; Chen, Liqi

2013-12-01

315

Reduction in biomass burning aerosol light absorption upon humidification: roles of inorganically-induced hygroscopicity, particle collapse, and photoacoustic heat and mass transfer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Smoke particle emissions from the combustion of biomass fuels typical for the western and southeastern United States were studied and compared under high humidity and ambient conditions in the laboratory. The fuels used are Montana ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), southern California chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), and Florida saw palmetto (Serenoa repens). Information on the non-refractory chemical composition of biomass burning aerosol from each fuel was obtained with an aerosol mass spectrometer and through estimation of the black carbon concentration from light absorption measurements at 870 nm. Changes in the optical and physical particle properties under high humidity conditions were observed for hygroscopic smoke particles containing substantial inorganic mass fractions that were emitted from combustion of chamise and palmetto fuels. Light scattering cross sections increased under high humidity for these particles, consistent with the hygroscopic growth measured for 100 nm particles in HTDMA measurements. Photoacoustic measurements of aerosol light absorption coefficients reveal a 20% reduction with increasing relative humidity, contrary to the expectation of light absorption enhancement by the liquid coating taken up by hygroscopic particles. This reduction is hypothesized to arise from two mechanisms: 1. Shielding of inner monomers after particle consolidation or collapse with water uptake; 2. The contribution of mass transfer through evaporation and condensation at high relative humidity to the usual heat transfer pathway for energy release by laser-heated particles in the photoacoustic measurement of aerosol light absorption. The mass transfer contribution is used to evaluate the fraction of aerosol surface covered with liquid water solution as a function of RH.

Lewis, K. A.; Arnott, W. P.; Moosmüller, H.; Chakrabarty, R. K.; Carrico, C. M.; Kreidenweis, S. M.; Day, D. E.; Malm, W. C.; Laskin, A.; Jimenez, J. L.; Ulbrich, I. M.; Huffman, J. A.; Onasch, T. B.; Trimborn, A.; Liu, L.; Mishchenko, M. I.

2009-07-01

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Reduction in biomass burning aerosol light absorption upon humidification: roles of inorganically-induced hygroscopicity, particle collapse, and photoacoustic heat and mass transfer  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Smoke particle emissions from the combustion of biomass fuels typical for the western and southeastern United States were studied and compared under high humidity and ambient conditions in the laboratory. The fuels used were Montana ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa), southern California chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum), and Florida saw palmetto (Serenoa repens). Information on the non-refractory chemical composition of biomass burning aerosol from each fuel was obtained with an aerosol mass spectrometer and through estimation of the black carbon concentration from light absorption measurements at 870 nm. Changes in the optical and physical particle properties under high humidity conditions were observed for hygroscopic smoke particles containing substantial inorganic mass fractions that were emitted from combustion of chamise and palmetto fuels. Light scattering cross sections increased under high humidity for these particles, consistent with the hygroscopic growth measured for 100 nm particles in HTDMA measurements. Photoacoustic measurements of aerosol light absorption coefficients revealed a 20% reduction with increasing relative humidity, contrary to the expectation of light absorption enhancement by the liquid coating taken up by hygroscopic particles. This reduction is hypothesized to arise from two mechanisms: (1) shielding of inner monomers after particle consolidation or collapse with water uptake; (2) the lower case contribution of mass transfer through evaporation and condensation at high relative humidity (RH) to the usual heat transfer pathway for energy release by laser-heated particles in the photoacoustic measurement of aerosol light absorption. The mass transfer contribution is used to evaluate the fraction of aerosol surface covered with liquid water solution as a function of RH.

Lewis, K. A.; Arnott, W. P.; Moosmüller, H.; Chakrabarty, R. K.; Carrico, C. M.; Kreidenweis, S. M.; Day, D. E.; Malm, W. C.; Laskin, A.; Jimenez, J. L.; Ulbrich, I. M.; Huffman, J. A.; Onasch, T. B.; Trimborn, A.; Liu, L.; Mishchenko, M. I.

2009-11-01

317

3rd hand smoking; heterogeneous oxidation of nicotine and secondary aerosol formation in the indoor environment  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Tobacco smoking is well known as a significant source of primary indoor air pollutants. However, only recently has it been recognized that the impact of Tobacco smoking may continue even after the cigarette has been extinguished (i.e., third hand smoke) due to the effect of indoor surfaces. These surfaces may affect the fate of tobacco smoke in the form of secondary reactions and pollutants, including secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. Fourier Transform Infrared spectrometry with Attenuated Total Reflection (FTIR-ATR) in tandem with a Scanning Mobility Particle Sizing (SMPS) system was used to monitor the ozonation of cellulose sorbed nicotine and resulting SOA formation. SOA formation began at onset of ozone introduction ([O3] = 60 ± 5 ppb) with a size distribution of dp ? 25 nm, and was determined to be a result of heterogeneous reaction (opposed to homogeneous). SOA yield from reacted surface nicotine was on the order of 10 %. Simultaneous to SOA monitoring, FTIR-ATR spectra showed surface changes in the nicotine film as the reaction progressed, revealing a pseudo first-order surface reaction rate of 0.0026 ± 0.0008 min-1. Identified surface oxidation products included: cotinine, myosmine, methylnicotinamide and nicotyrine. Surface reaction rate was found to be partially inhibited at high relative humidity. Given the toxicity of some of the identified products (e.g., cotinine has shown potential mutagenicity and teratogenicity) and that small particles may contribute to adverse health effects, the present study indicates that exposure to 3rd hand smoke ozonation products may pose additional health risks.

Petrick, Lauren; Dubowski, Yael

2010-05-01

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Oligomers and secondary organic aerosol formation through aqueous phase photooxidation of methacrolein and methyl vinyl ketone  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

We have investigated through laboratory experiments the ability of methacrolein (MACR) and methyl vinyl ketone (MVK) (the two main gas phase atmospheric oxidation products of isoprene) to form oligomers and secondary organic aerosol (SOA) upon aqueous phase OH-oxidation and subsequent water evaporation. For the two precursors, electrospray mass spectrometry analysis of the reacting solutions brought clear evidence for the formation of oligomer systems having a mass range of up to 1400 Da. More than 11 series of oligomers were found. For MVK, the intensity and masses of oligomers became increasingly important as MVK initial concentrations increased from 0.2 to 20 mM. For both precursors, the oligomers were responsible for the SOA formation during nebulization experiments. The mass concentrations of these SOA increased significantly with the reaction time. The evaluated SOA mass yield ranged from 2 to 10%, depending on the reaction advancement, for both precurors. Some series of oligomers have been identified, and chemical mechanisms of oligomerization will be presented and discussed.

Monod, A.; Liu, Y.; Siekmann, F.; Renard, P.; Salque, G.; Voisin, D.; Thissen, R.; Traika, M.; Delort, A.

2011-12-01

319

Filterable redox cycling activity: a comparison between diesel exhaust particles and secondary organic aerosol constituents.  

PubMed

The redox activity of diesel exhaust particles (DEP) collected from a light-duty diesel passenger car engine was examined using the dithiothreitol (DTT) assay. DEP was highly redox-active, causing DTT to decay at a rate of 23-61 pmol min(-1) ?g(-1) of particle used in the assay, which was an order of magnitude higher than ambient coarse and fine particulate matter (PM) collected from downtown Toronto. Only 2-11% of the redox activity was in the water-soluble portion, while the remainder occurred at the black carbon surface. This is in contrast to redox-active secondary organic aerosol constituents, in which upward of 90% of the activity occurs in the water-soluble fraction. The redox activity of DEP is not extractable by moderately polar (methanol) and nonpolar (dichloromethane) organic solvents, and is hypothesized to arise from redox-active moieties contiguous with the black carbon portion of the particles. These measurements illustrate that "Filterable Redox Cycling Activity" may therefore be useful to distinguish black carbon-based oxidative capacity from water-soluble organic-based activity. The difference in chemical environment leading to redox activity highlights the need to further examine the relationship between activity in the DTT assay and toxicology measurements across particles of different origins and composition. PMID:23470039

McWhinney, Robert D; Badali, Kaitlin; Liggio, John; Li, Shao-Meng; Abbatt, Jonathan P D

2013-04-01

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Relating CCN activity, volatility, and droplet growth kinetics of ?-caryophyllene secondary organic aerosol  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

This study investigates the droplet formation characteristics of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed during the ozonolysis of sesquiterpene ?-caryophyllene (with and without hydroxyl radicals present). Emphasis is placed on understanding the role of semi-volatile material on Cloud Condensation Nucleus (CCN) activity and droplet growth kinetics. Aging of ?-caryophyllene SOA significantly affects all CCN-relevant properties measured throughout the experiments. Using a thermodenuder and two CCN instruments, we find that CCN activity is a strong function of temperature (activation diameter at ~0.6% supersaturation: 100±10 nm at 20°C and 130±10 nm at 35°C), suggesting that the hygroscopic fraction of the SOA is volatile. The water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) is extracted from the SOA and characterized with Köhler Theory Analysis (KTA); the results suggest that the WSOC is composed of low molecular weight (<200 g mol-1) slightly surface-active material that constitute 5-15% of the SOA mass. These properties are similar to the water-soluble fraction of monoterpene SOA, suggesting that predictive understanding of SOA CCN activity requires knowledge of the WSOC fraction but not its exact speciation. Droplet growth kinetics of the CCN are found to be strongly anticorrelated with WSOC fraction, suggesting that the insoluble material in the SOA forms a kinetic barrier that delays droplet growth. These results have important implications for the droplet formation characteristics of SOA, and the atmospheric relevance of CCN measurements carried out at temperatures different from ambient.

Asa-Awuku, A.; Engelhart, G. J.; Lee, B. H.; Pandis, S. N.; Nenes, A.

2008-05-01

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Source apportionment of primary and secondary organic aerosols using positive matrix factorization (PMF) of molecular markers  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Monthly average ambient concentrations of more than eighty particle-phase organic compounds, as well as total organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC), were measured from March 2004 through February 2005 in five cities in the Midwestern United States. A multi-variant source apportionment receptor model, positive matrix factorization (PMF), was applied to explore the average source contributions to the five sampling sites using molecular markers for primary and secondary organic aerosols (POA, SOA). Using the molecular makers in the model, POA and SOA were estimated for each month at each site. Three POA factors were derived, which were dominated by primary molecular markers such as EC, hopanes, steranes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and which represented the following POA sources: urban primary sources, mobile sources, and other combustion sources. The three POA sources accounted for 57% of total average ambient OC. Three factors, characterized by the presence of reaction products of isoprene, ?-pinene and ?-caryophyllene, and displaying distinct seasonal trends, were consistent with the characteristics of SOA. The SOA factors made up 43% of the total average measured OC. The PMF-derived results are in good agreement with estimated SOA concentrations obtained from SOA to tracer yield estimates obtained from smog chamber experiments. A linear regression comparing the smog chamber yield estimates and the PMF SOA contributions had a regression slope of 1.01 ± 0.07 and an intercept of 0.19 ± 0.10 ?g OC m -3 (adjusted R2 of 0.763, n = 58).

Zhang, YuanXun; Sheesley, Rebecca J.; Schauer, James J.; Lewandowski, Michael; Jaoui, Mohammed; Offenberg, John H.; Kleindienst, Tadeusz E.; Edney, Edward O.

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Isoprene Forms Secondary Organic Aerosol Through Cloud Processing: A Model Study  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

Cloud processing of water-soluble organic vapors has been proposed as a pathway for the formation of organic particulate matter (PM) in the atmosphere (i.e., secondary organic aerosol; SOA). The simulations described below suggest that cloud processing of isoprene is a substantial contributor to atmospheric oxalic acid and SOA formation. Isoprene, a biogenic volatile organic compound (VOC) of global importance, forms highly water-soluble glyoxal, methylglyoxal, and glycolaldehyde in the gas phase. These carbonyls favorably partition into cloud droplets where they oxidize to organic acids (e.g., glyoxylic acid, glycolic acid, pyruvic acid, and oxalic acid). In this study we developed a box model to examine the importance of isoprene chemistry to in-cloud formation of SOA. The box model incorporates gas- and aqueous-phase chemistry and phase transfer of relevant water-soluble species. Simulations were conducted under clean conditions typical of the tropical Amazon (i.e., high emission flux of isoprene and low emissions of anthropogenic pollutants). Simulation results show that isoprene forms a substantial amount of organic acids through cloud processing. More than 80% of oxalic acid is expected to remain in the particle phase after cloud evaporation. This study suggests that cloud processing of isoprene is a substantial contributor to atmospheric water-soluble SOA that can alter the microphysics of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN). This work also discusses the sensitivity of the model to important model parameters.

Lim, H.; Turpin, B. J.; Carlton, A. G.

2004-12-01

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Characterization of secondary organic aerosol generated from ozonolysis of ?-pinene mixtures  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

In the atmosphere, multiple volatile organic compounds (VOCs) co-exist, and they can be oxidized concurrently and generate secondary organic aerosol (SOA). In this work, SOA is formed by the oxidation (in presence of excess ozone) of mixtures containing ?-pinene and other VOCs. The VOC mixtures were made so their composition approached a commercially-available ?-pinene-based essential oil, Siberian fir needle oil. The SOA products were sampled using filters, solvent extracted and analyzed by gas chromatography/mass spectrometry with trimethylsilyl derivatization. The individual product yields for SOA generated from ?-pinene changed upon the addition of other VOCs. An increase in concentration of non-reactive VOCs (bornyl acetate, camphene, and borneol) lead to a decrease in individual product yields of characteristic ?-pinene SOA products. Although these experiments were carried out under higher VOC and ozone concentrations in comparison to the atmosphere, this work suggests that the role of non-reactive VOCs should be explored in SOA products formation.

Amin, Hardik S.; Hatfield, Meagan L.; Huff Hartz, Kara E.

2013-03-01

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High-resolution mass spectrometry analysis of secondary organic aerosol generated by ozonolysis of isoprene  

NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

The chemical composition of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) generated from the ozonolysis of isoprene (C 5H 8) in the presence of an OH scavenger was examined using high-resolution electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) in the mass range m/ z = 50-1000. The chemical composition of SOA is complex, with more than 1000 assigned peaks observed in the positive and negative ion mode spectra. Only a small fraction of peaks correspond to known products of isoprene oxidation, such as pyruvic acid, glycolic acid, methylglyoxal, etc. The absolute majority of the detected peaks correspond to highly oxidized oligomeric constituents of SOA, with an average O:C molar ratio of 0.6. The corresponding organic mass (OM) to organic oxygen (OO) ratio is 2.4. Approximately 8% of oxygen atoms in SOA are in the form of peroxides, as quantified with an iodide test. Double bond equivalency (DBE) factors, representing the sum of all double bonds and rings, increase by 1 for every 1-2 additional carbon atoms in the molecule. The number of unoxidized C dbnd C double bonds is estimated to be less than 10%; the remaining DBE is due to C dbnd O carbonyl groups. Kendrick analysis suggests that the prevalent oligomer building blocks are small carbonyls with a C 1-C 2 skeleton. Formaldehyde (CH 2O) is identified as the most common repetitive building block in the observed oligomeric compounds.

Nguyen, Tran B.; Bateman, Adam P.; Bones, David L.; Nizkorodov, Sergey A.; Laskin, Julia; Laskin, Alexander

2010-03-01

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Effects of NOx on the volatility of secondary organic aerosol from isoprene photooxidation.  

PubMed

The effects of NOx on the volatility of the secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formed from isoprene photooxidation are investigated in environmental chamber experiments. Two types of experiments are performed. In HO2-dominant experiments, organic peroxy radicals (RO2) primarily react with HO2. In mixed experiments, RO2 reacts through multiple pathways, including with NO, NO2, and HO2. The volatility and oxidation state of isoprene SOA are sensitive to and exhibit a nonlinear dependence on NOx levels. Depending on the NOx levels, the SOA formed in mixed experiments can be of similar or lower volatility compared to that formed in HO2-dominant experiments. The dependence of SOA yield, volatility, and oxidation state on the NOx level likely arises from gas-phase RO2 chemistry and succeeding particle-phase oligomerization reactions. The NOx level also plays a strong role in SOA aging. While the volatility of SOA in