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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 1909–1921, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-1909-2018
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 1909–1921, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-1909-2018

Research article 09 Feb 2018

Research article | 09 Feb 2018

Formation of highly oxygenated organic molecules from aromatic compounds

Ugo Molteni et al.

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Anthropogenic volatile organic compounds often dominate the urban atmosphere and consist to a large degree of aromatics. These compounds are already known as important precursors for the formation of secondary organic aerosol. This study shows how the oxidation of aromatics with an OH radical leads to subsequent autoxidation chain reactions forming highly oxygenated molecules. We hypothesize that these may contribute substantially to new particle formation events detected in urban areas.
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