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Comparison of secondary organic aerosol generated from the oxidation of laboratory precursors by hydroxyl radicals, chlorine atoms, and bromine atoms in an oxidation flow reactor
The role of hydroxyl radicals (OH) as a daytime oxidant is well established on a global scale. In specific source regions, such as the marine boundary layer and polluted coastal cities, other daytime oxidants, such as chlorine atoms (Cl) and even bromine atoms (Br), may compete with OH for the oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and/or enhance the overall oxidation capacity of the atmosphere. However, the number of studies investigating halogen-initiated secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation is extremely limited, resulting in large uncertainties in these oxidative aging processes. Here, we characterized the chemical composition and yield of laboratory SOA generated in an oxidation flow reactor (OFR) from the OH and Cl oxidation of n -dodecane ( n -C 12 ) and toluene, and the OH, Cl, and Br oxidation of isoprene and α-pinene. In the OFR, precursors were oxidized using integrated OH, Cl, and Br exposures ranging from 3.1 × 10 10 to 2.3 × 10 12 , 6.1 × 10 9 to 1.3× 10 12 and 3.2 × 10 10 to 9.7 × 10 12 molecules cm −3 s −1 , respectively. Like OH, Cl facilitated multistep SOA oxidative aging over the range of OFR conditions that were more »
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NSF-PAR ID:
10380054
Journal Name:
Environmental Science: Atmospheres
Volume:
2
Issue:
4
Page Range or eLocation-ID:
687 to 701
ISSN:
2634-3606