Articles | Volume 17, issue 5
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3453–3474, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3453-2017
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 17, 3453–3474, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-17-3453-2017

Research article 10 Mar 2017

Research article | 10 Mar 2017

Formation of highly oxygenated low-volatility products from cresol oxidation

Rebecca H. Schwantes et al.

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Toluene, one of the principle aromatic compounds present in the atmosphere, is oxidized by OH to produce cresol and other products. Here later-generation low-volatility oxygenated products from cresol oxidation by OH are detected in the gas and particle phases. This work identifies a simple and significant mechanism for toluene secondary organic aerosol formation through the cresol pathway. Likely the phenolic pathway of other aromatic compounds is also important for secondary organic aerosol.
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