Formation and gas/particle partitioning of monoterpenes photo-oxidation products over forests

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  • By using adequate sampling techniques we studied the chemical pathways, the gas-to-particle partition and the conversion processes leading to the formation of organic aerosols via the photo-oxidation of biogenic hydrocarbons in the atmosphere over a conifer forest. Photo-oxidation products of monoterpenes such as pinonic acid, nor-pinonic acid, pinic acid, pinonaldehyde and nopinone were detected in the gas and particulate phases of all forest aerosol samples. Considering the diurnal concentration pattern of the photo-oxidation products of α- and β-pinene and Aitken nuclei concentration measured during the same periods, we observed that the acidic photo-oxidation products of monoterpenes play a more important role in the formation of new particles than the corresponding carbonyl compounds.
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  • Kavouras IG; Mihalopoulos N; Stephanou EG
  • Start Page

  • 55
  • End Page

  • 58
  • Volume

  • 26
  • Issue

  • 1