Articles | Volume 16, issue 2
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-703-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-703-2016
Research article
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21 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 21 Jan 2016

Solubility and reactivity of HNCO in water: insights into HNCO's fate in the atmosphere

N. Borduas, B. Place, G. R. Wentworth, J. P. D. Abbatt, and J. G. Murphy

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HNCO is a toxic molecule and can cause cardiovascular and cataract problems through protein carbamylation once inhaled. Recently reported ambient measurements of HNCO in North America raise concerns for human exposure. To better understand HNCO's loss processes and behaviour in the atmosphere, we provide thermochemical data on HNCO. The parameters allow for more accurate predictions of its lifetime in the atmosphere and consequently help define exposure of this toxic molecule.
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