Articles | Volume 16, issue 17
Research article
12 Sep 2016
Research article |  | 12 Sep 2016

Impact of NOx and OH on secondary organic aerosol formation from β-pinene photooxidation

Mehrnaz Sarrafzadeh, Jürgen Wildt, Iida Pullinen, Monika Springer, Einhard Kleist, Ralf Tillmann, Sebastian H. Schmitt, Cheng Wu, Thomas F. Mentel, Defeng Zhao, Donald R. Hastie, and Astrid Kiendler-Scharr

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We investigated NOx impacts on the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) mass from b-pinene and we could reveal two different mechanisms of impacts. One of them was the impact of NOx on OH that could explain increasing SOA yield with increasing NOx at low NOx conditions. The other was the suppression of new particle formation limiting the condensational sink for the SOA precursors. This effect could explain a substantial fraction of the decrease of SOA yield observed at high NOx.
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