Articles | Volume 16, issue 7
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4283-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-4283-2016
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06 Apr 2016
Research article |  | 06 Apr 2016

Non-OH chemistry in oxidation flow reactors for the study of atmospheric chemistry systematically examined by modeling

Zhe Peng, Douglas A. Day, Amber M. Ortega, Brett B. Palm, Weiwei Hu, Harald Stark, Rui Li, Kostas Tsigaridis, William H. Brune, and Jose L. Jimenez

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Oxidation flow reactors (OFRs) are promising tools of studying atmospheric oxidation processes. Elevated concentrations of both OH and non-OH oxidants in OFRs leave room for speculation that non-OH chemistry can play a major role. Through systematic modeling, we find conditions where non-OH VOC fate is significant and show that, in most field studies of SOA using OFRs, non-OH VOC fate in OFRs was insignificant. We also provide guidelines helping OFR users avoid significant non-OH VOC oxidation.
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