Enhanced reactive uptake of nonanal by acidic aerosols in the presence of particle-phase organics

Lap P. Chan, Chak K. Chan

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An electrodynamic balance was used to examine the effect of the presence of particle-phase organics on the acid-catalyzed reactive uptake of nonanal (NL) vapor. Uptake experiments were conducted by using sulfuric acid (SA) particles, oleic acid/SA (hydrophobic), and levoglucosan/SA (hydrophilic) mixed particles with 6 ppm (approximately) gas-phase NL at about 3% relative humidity. SA reacted with the mixed organics prior to NL uptake to form organic products, denoted as OleA*and Levo*, and with NL to form hydrophobic NL*(particle-phase organics). Fresh SA particles had small mass increases (5%-13%) at the start of NL exposure (0-40 min) even though they are highly acidic. However, OleA*/SA mixed particles of about 30-70 wt% of OleA*took up NL swiftly during the first 40 min. For example, the mass increase of a 33 wt% OleA*particle jumped to 120%. As the organic product, NL*, accumulated, the uptake rate of SA particle increased and the mass increase surged to 150% at 100 min. Afterwards, the mass increase started to level off which yielded a sigmoid uptake curve. For OleA*/SA particles, the uptake rate gradually slowed down resulting in physical-absorption-like uptake kinetics. The physical uptake of NL by a pure OleA*surrogate was negligible (
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)872-883
Number of pages12
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Pollution


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