Single particle Raman spectroscopy for investigating atmospheric heterogeneous reactions of organic aerosols

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4611-4621
Journal / PublicationAtmospheric Environment
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes


Heterogeneous reactions of organic aerosols with atmospheric oxidants are important processes that affect the hygroscopicity and cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) activities of atmospheric aerosols. An electrodynamic balance (EDB) coupled with Raman spectroscopy is a particularly attractive platform for studying atmospheric reactions since it allows long-duration (days) particle levitation and reactions at atmospherically relevant low-oxidant concentrations can be investigated. In this study, we demonstrated the use of an EDB/Raman system to investigate the heterogeneous reactions of oleic acid particles with ozone (240-280 ppb) under ambient temperatures (22-24 °C) and dry conditions (relative humidity 10 ppm) ozone concentrations are practically the same, which provides assurance to the use of elevated ozone concentrations in reaction studies of the oleic acid-ozone system in the literature. The ratio of the percentage of mass loss (due to evaporation of volatile organic products) to the percentage of oleic acid conversion was estimated to be 0.05. Furthermore, the oxidation products that remained in the particle phase were more hygroscopic than were their hydrophobic parent molecules. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Electrodynamic balance (EDB), Heterogeneous reactions, Hygroscopic properties, Oleic acid, Organic aerosols, Raman spectroscopy