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11 Mar 2016
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Phase, composition, and growth mechanism for secondary organic aerosol from the ozonolysis of α-cedrene

Yue Zhao, Lisa M. Wingen, Véronique Perraud, and Barbara J. Finlayson-Pitts

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A significant fraction of airborne particles, which have significant impacts on human health, visibility, and climate, are formed from the oxidation of gaseous precursors to generate low-volatility products. We show here that a sesquiterpene, α-cedrene, efficiently forms high-viscosity semisolid particles with complex composition via mechanisms that involve the highly reactive Criegee intermediate and that high molecular weight products play an important role in new particle formation.
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