Articles | Volume 23, issue 4
Research article
23 Feb 2023
Research article |  | 23 Feb 2023

Microphysics of liquid water in sub-10 nm ultrafine aerosol particles

Xiaohan Li and Ian C. Bourg


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • CC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-826', Anthony Wexler, 03 Oct 2022
    • AC1: 'Reply on CC1', Xiaohan Li, 14 Oct 2022
  • RC1: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-826', Robert McGraw, 14 Nov 2022
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC1', Xiaohan Li, 17 Nov 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on egusphere-2022-826', Anonymous Referee #2, 25 Nov 2022
    • AC3: 'Reply on RC2', Xiaohan Li, 01 Dec 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision | EF: Editorial file upload
AR by Xiaohan Li on behalf of the Authors (03 Dec 2022)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (08 Dec 2022) by Lynn M. Russell
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (09 Dec 2022)
RR by Robert McGraw (13 Jan 2023)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (21 Jan 2023) by Lynn M. Russell
AR by Xiaohan Li on behalf of the Authors (28 Jan 2023)  Author's response   Author's tracked changes   Manuscript 
ED: Publish as is (02 Feb 2023) by Lynn M. Russell
AR by Xiaohan Li on behalf of the Authors (04 Feb 2023)  Manuscript 
Short summary
Aerosol particles with sizes smaller than 50 nm impact cloud formation and precipitation. Representation of this effect is hindered by limited understanding of the properties of liquid water in these particles. Our simulations of aerosol particles containing salt or organic compounds reveal that water enters a less cohesive phase at droplet sizes below 4 nm. This effect causes important deviations from theoretical predictions of aerosol properties, including phase state and hygroscopic growth.
Final-revised paper