Articles | Volume 21, issue 24
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 18351–18374, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-18351-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 18351–18374, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-18351-2021
Research article
17 Dec 2021
Research article | 17 Dec 2021

Development and evaluation of a new compact mechanism for aromatic oxidation in atmospheric models

Kelvin H. Bates et al.

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Simple aromatic compounds (benzene, toluene, xylene) have complex gas-phase chemistry that is inconsistently represented in atmospheric models. We compile recent experimental and theoretical insights to develop a new mechanism for gas-phase aromatic oxidation that is sufficiently compact for use in multiscale models. We compare our new mechanism to chamber experiments and other mechanisms, and implement it in a global model to quantify the impacts of aromatic oxidation on tropospheric chemistry.