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Nat Commun ; 9(1): 4076, 2018 10 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30287821


Hygroscopic growth and cloud condensation nuclei activation are key processes for accurately modeling the climate impacts of organic particulate matter. Nevertheless, the microphysical mechanisms of these processes remain unresolved. Here we report complex thermodynamic behaviors, including humidity-dependent hygroscopicity, diameter-dependent cloud condensation nuclei activity, and liquid-liquid phase separation in the laboratory for biogenically derived secondary organic material representative of similar atmospheric organic particulate matter. These behaviors can be explained by the non-ideal mixing of water with hydrophobic and hydrophilic organic components. The non-ideality-driven liquid-liquid phase separation further enhances water uptake and induces lowered surface tension at high relative humidity, which result in a lower barrier to cloud condensation nuclei activation. By comparison, secondary organic material representing anthropogenic sources does not exhibit complex thermodynamic behavior. The combined results highlight the importance of detailed thermodynamic representations of the hygroscopicity and cloud condensation nuclei activity in models of the Earth's climate system.

Phys Chem Chem Phys ; 18(13): 8785-93, 2016 Apr 07.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-26685987


This work explores the effect of environmental conditions on the photodegradation rates of atmospherically relevant, photolabile, organic molecules embedded in a film of secondary organic material (SOM). Three types of SOM were studied: α-pinene/O3 SOM (PSOM), limonene/O3 SOM (LSOM), and aged limonene/O3 obtained by exposure of LSOM to ammonia (brown LSOM). PSOM and LSOM were impregnated with 2,4-dinitrophenol (2,4-DNP), an atmospherically relevant molecule that photodegrades faster than either PSOM or LSOM alone, to serve as a probe of SOM matrix effects on photochemistry. Brown LSOM contains an unidentified chromophore that absorbs strongly at 510 nm and photobleaches upon irradiation. This chromophore served as a probe molecule for the brown LSOM experiments. In all experiments, either the temperature or relative humidity (RH) surrounding the SOM films was varied. The extent of photochemical reaction in the samples was monitored using UV-vis absorption spectroscopy. For all three model systems examined, the observed photodegradation rates were slower at lower temperatures and lower RH, conditions that make SOM more viscous. Additionally, the activation energies for photodegradation of each system were positively correlated with the viscosity of the SOM matrix as measured in poke-flow experiments. These activation energies were calculated to be 50, 24, and 17 kJ mol(-1) for 2,4-DNP in PSOM, 2,4-DNP in LSOM, and the chromophore in brown LSOM, respectively, and PSOM was found to be the most viscous of the three. These results suggest that the increased viscosity is hindering the motion of the molecules in SOM and is slowing down their respective photochemical reactions.

Aerossóis , Compostos Orgânicos/química , Viscosidade , Espectrofotometria Ultravioleta
Faraday Discuss ; 165: 289-316, 2013.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-24601008


Despite major progress in the understanding of properties of tropospheric aerosol particles, it remains challenging to understand their physical state and morphology. To obtain more detailed knowledge of the phases, phase transitions and morphologies of internally mixed organic/inorganic aerosol particles, we evaluated liquid-liquid phase separation (LLPS), deliquescence relative humidity (DRH) and efflorescence relative humidity (ERH) of 33 organic/ammonium sulfate (AS)/H2O systems from our own and literature data. The organic fraction consists of single compounds or mixtures with up to ten aliphatic and/or aromatic components with carboxylic acid, hydroxyl, carbonyl, ether, and ester functionalities, covering O : C ratios between 0.29 and 1.33. Thirteen out of these 33 systems did not show LLPS for any of the studied organic-to-inorganic mixing ratios, sixteen underwent LLPS showing core-shell morphology, and four showed both core-shell and partially engulfed configurations depending on the organic-to-inorganic ratio and RH. In all cases the organic fractions of the systems with partially engulfed configurations consisted of dicarboxylic acids. AS in mixed organic/AS/H2O particles deliquesced between 70 and 84% RH. AS effloresced below 58% RH or remained in a one-liquid-phase state. AS in droplets with LLPS always showed efflorescence with ERH between 30 and 50% RH, providing clear evidence that the presence of LLPS facilitates AS efflorescence. Spreading coefficients of the organic-rich phase on the AS-rich phase for systems containing polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG-400) and a mixture of dicarboxylic acids are in agreement with the optically observed morphologies of droplets deposited on the hydrophobic substrate. Analysis of high resolution elastic Mie resonance spectra allowed the detection of LLPS for single levitated droplets consisting of PEG-400/AS/ H2O, whereas LLPS was difficult to detect in (2-methylglutaric acid + 3-methylglutaric acid + 2,2-dimethylsuccinic acid)/AS/H2O. Measured Mie spectra of PEG-400/AS/H2O at 93.5% and at 80.9% RH agreed with computed Mie spectra for a homogeneous and a core-shell configuration, respectively, confirming the results obtained from droplets deposited on a hydrophobic substrate. Based on the presented evidence, we therefore consider the core-shell morphology to be the prevalent configuration of liquid-liquid-phase-separated tropospheric organic/AS/H2O particles.