Humidity Dependence of the Condensational Growth of α-Pinene Secondary Organic Aerosol Particles. Qin, Y., Ye, J., Ohno, P., Zhai, J., Han, Y., Liu, P., Wang, J., Zaveri, R. A., & Martin, S. T. Environmental Science & Technology, August, 2021. Publisher: American Chemical Society
Humidity Dependence of the Condensational Growth of α-Pinene Secondary Organic Aerosol Particles [link]Paper  doi  abstract   bibtex   
The influence of relative humidity (RH) on the condensational growth of organic aerosol particles remains incompletely understood. Herein, the RH dependence was investigated via a series of experiments for α-pinene ozonolysis in a continuously mixed flow chamber in which recurring cycles of particle growth occurred every 7 to 8 h at a given RH. In 5 h, the mean increase in the particle mode diameter was 15 nm at 0% RH and 110 nm at 75% RH. The corresponding particle growth coefficients, representing a combination of the thermodynamic driving force and the kinetic resistance to mass transfer, increased from 0.35 to 2.3 nm2 s–1. The chemical composition, characterized by O:C and H:C atomic ratios of 0.52 and 1.48, respectively, and determined by mass spectrometry, did not depend on RH. The Model for Simulating Aerosol Interactions and Chemistry (MOSAIC) was applied to reproduce the observed size- and RH-dependent particle growth by optimizing the diffusivities Db within the particles of the condensing molecules. The Db values increased from 5 α–1 × 10–16 at 0% RH to 2 α–1 × 10–12 cm–2 s–1 at 75% RH for mass accommodation coefficients α of 0.1 to 1.0, highlighting the importance of particle-phase properties in modeling the growth of atmospheric aerosol particles.
@article{qin_humidity_2021,
	title = {Humidity {Dependence} of the {Condensational} {Growth} of α-{Pinene} {Secondary} {Organic} {Aerosol} {Particles}},
	issn = {0013-936X},
	url = {https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c01738},
	doi = {10.1021/acs.est.1c01738},
	abstract = {The influence of relative humidity (RH) on the condensational growth of organic aerosol particles remains incompletely understood. Herein, the RH dependence was investigated via a series of experiments for α-pinene ozonolysis in a continuously mixed flow chamber in which recurring cycles of particle growth occurred every 7 to 8 h at a given RH. In 5 h, the mean increase in the particle mode diameter was 15 nm at 0\% RH and 110 nm at 75\% RH. The corresponding particle growth coefficients, representing a combination of the thermodynamic driving force and the kinetic resistance to mass transfer, increased from 0.35 to 2.3 nm2 s–1. The chemical composition, characterized by O:C and H:C atomic ratios of 0.52 and 1.48, respectively, and determined by mass spectrometry, did not depend on RH. The Model for Simulating Aerosol Interactions and Chemistry (MOSAIC) was applied to reproduce the observed size- and RH-dependent particle growth by optimizing the diffusivities Db within the particles of the condensing molecules. The Db values increased from 5 α–1 × 10–16 at 0\% RH to 2 α–1 × 10–12 cm–2 s–1 at 75\% RH for mass accommodation coefficients α of 0.1 to 1.0, highlighting the importance of particle-phase properties in modeling the growth of atmospheric aerosol particles.},
	urldate = {2021-09-17},
	journal = {Environmental Science \& Technology},
	author = {Qin, Yiming and Ye, Jianhuai and Ohno, Paul and Zhai, Jinghao and Han, Yuemei and Liu, Pengfei and Wang, Junfeng and Zaveri, Rahul A. and Martin, Scot T.},
	month = aug,
	year = {2021},
	note = {Publisher: American Chemical Society},
}

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