Articles | Volume 14, issue 22
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12513–12531, 2014
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 14, 12513–12531, 2014

Research article 27 Nov 2014

Research article | 27 Nov 2014

Competition between water uptake and ice nucleation by glassy organic aerosol particles

T. Berkemeier et al.

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Glassy organic particles can serve as ice nuclei at low temperatures. We provide a rationale for these findings using a numerical aerosol diffusion model that describes particle phase state and its kinetics during simulated atmospheric updrafts dependent upon composition, size, updraft velocity, temperature and humidity. Our simulations suggest that aerosols from anthropogenic aromatic organics can be particularly relevant for ice cloud formation.
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