Technical Note: Synthesis of isoprene atmospheric oxidation products: isomeric epoxydiols and the rearrangement products cis- and trans-3-methyl-3,4-dihydroxytetrahydrofuran Z. Zhang, Y.-H. Lin, H. Zhang, J. D. Surratt, L. M. Ball, and A. Gold Department of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, 27599-7431, USA
Abstract. Isoprene epoxydiol (IEPOX) isomers are key gas-phase intermediates of
isoprene atmospheric oxidation. Secondary organic aerosols derived from such
intermediates have important impacts on air quality and health. We report
here convergent and unambiguous pathways developed for the synthesis of
isomeric IEPOX species and the rearrangement products cis- and
trans-3-methyl-3,4-dihydroxytetrahydrofuran in good yield. The availability of
such compounds is necessary to expedite research on isoprene atmospheric
oxidation mechanisms and subsequent aerosol formation as well as the
toxicological properties of the aerosols.
Citation: Zhang, Z., Lin, Y.-H., Zhang, H., Surratt, J. D., Ball, L. M., and Gold, A.: Technical Note: Synthesis of isoprene atmospheric oxidation products: isomeric epoxydiols and the rearrangement products cis- and trans-3-methyl-3,4-dihydroxytetrahydrofuran, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 8529-8535, doi:10.5194/acp-12-8529-2012, 2012.