Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1243–1253, 2011
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 11, 1243–1253, 2011

Research article 14 Feb 2011

Research article | 14 Feb 2011

Substrate effects in the photoenhanced ozonation of pyrene

S. A. Styler1, M.-E. Loiseaux1, and D. J. Donaldson1,2 S. A. Styler et al.
  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Abstract. We report the effects of actinic illumination on the heterogeneous ozonation kinetics of solid pyrene films and pyrene adsorbed at air-octanol and air-aqueous interfaces. Upon illumination, the ozonation of solid pyrene films and pyrene at the air-aqueous interface proceeds more quickly than in darkness; no such enhancement is observed for pyrene at the air-octanol interface. Under dark conditions, the reaction of pyrene at all three interfaces proceeds via a Langmuir-Hinshelwood-type surface mechanism. In the presence of light, Langmuir-Hinshelwood kinetics are observed for solid pyrene films but a linear dependence upon gas-phase ozone concentration is observed at the air-aqueous interface. We interpret these results as evidence of the importance of charge-transfer pathways for the ozonation of excited-state pyrene. The dramatically different behaviour of pyrene at the surface of these three simple reaction environments highlights the difficulties inherent in representing complex reactive surfaces in the laboratory, and suggests caution in extrapolating laboratory results to environmental surfaces.

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