Articles | Volume 13, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 761–772, 2013
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 13, 761–772, 2013

Research article 22 Jan 2013

Research article | 22 Jan 2013

Effect of photochemical ageing on the ice nucleation properties of diesel and wood burning particles

C. Chou1,*, Z. A. Kanji1,**, O. Stetzer1, T. Tritscher2,***, R. Chirico2,****, M. F. Heringa2, E. Weingartner2, A. S. H. Prévôt2, U. Baltensperger2, and U. Lohmann1 C. Chou et al.
  • 1ETH Zurich, Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science, Switzerland
  • 2Laboratory of Atmospheric Chemistry, Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen PSI, Switzerland
  • *now at: Science and Technology Research Institute, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK
  • **now at: Air Quality Research Division, Environment Canada, Toronto, Canada
  • ***now at: TSI GmbH, Particle Instruments, Aachen, Germany
  • ****now at: Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development (ENEA), UTAPRAD-DIM, Frascati, Italy

Abstract. A measurement campaign (IMBALANCE) conducted in 2009 was aimed at characterizing the physical and chemical properties of freshly emitted and photochemically aged combustion particles emitted from a log wood burner and diesel vehicles: a EURO3 Opel Astra with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) but no particle filter and a EURO2 Volkswagen Transporter TDI Syncro without emission aftertreatment. Ice nucleation experiments in the deposition and condensation freezing modes were conducted with the Portable Ice Nucleation Chamber (PINC) at three nominal temperatures, −30 °C, −35 °C and −40 °C. Freshly emitted diesel particles showed ice formation only at −40 °C in the deposition mode at 137% relative humidity with respect to ice (RHi) and 92% relative humidity with respect to water (RHw), and photochemical ageing did not play a role in modifying their ice nucleation behaviour. Only one diesel experiment where α-pinene was added for the ageing process, showed an ice nucleation enhancement at −35 °C. Wood burning particles also act as ice nuclei (IN) at −40 °C in the deposition mode at the same conditions as for diesel particles and photochemical ageing also did not alter the ice formation properties of the wood burning particles. Unlike diesel particles, wood burning particles form ice via condensation freezing at −35 °C whereas no ice nucleation was observed at −30 °C. Photochemical ageing did not affect the ice nucleation ability of the diesel and wood burning particles at the three different temperatures investigated but a broader range of temperatures below −40 °C need to be investigated in order to draw an overall conclusion on the effect of photochemical ageing on deposition/condensation ice nucleation across the entire temperature range relevant to cold clouds.

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