Articles | Volume 5, issue 2
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 575–582, 2005
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 5, 575–582, 2005

  24 Feb 2005

24 Feb 2005

Cloud droplet activation and surface tension of mixtures of slightly soluble organics and inorganic salt

S. Henning1, T. Rosenørn1, B. D'Anna2, A. A. Gola3, B. Svenningsson1, and M. Bilde1 S. Henning et al.
  • 1Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 5, DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø, Denmark
  • 2Department of Chemistry, University of Oslo, N-0315 Oslo, Norway
  • 3Department of Physical Chemistry, Medical University of Wroclaw, pl. Nankiera 1, 50-140 Wroclaw, Poland

Abstract. Critical supersaturations for internally mixed particles of adipic acid, succinic acid and sodium chloride were determined experimentally for dry particles sizes in the range 40-130nm. Surface tensions of aqueous solutions of the dicarboxylic acids and sodium chloride corresponding to concentrations at activation were measured and parameterized as a function of carbon content. The activation of solid particles as well as solution droplets were studied and particle phase was found to be important for the critical supersaturation. Experimental data were modelled using Köhler theory modified to account for limited solubility and surface tension lowering.

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