Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 8351-8363, 2009
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Toward a general parameterization of N2O5 reactivity on aqueous particles: the competing effects of particle liquid water, nitrate and chloride
T. H. Bertram1,* and J. A. Thornton1
1Department of Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA
*now at: Department of Chemistry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA

Abstract. The heterogeneous reaction of N2O5 on mixed organic-inorganic aerosol particles was investigated using an entrained aerosol flow tube coupled to a custom-built chemical ionization mass spectrometer. Laboratory results on aqueous particles confirm a strong dependence of the reactive uptake coefficient (γ) on particle liquid water, for particle water concentrations below 15 M, and the molar ratio of particle water to nitrate. Measurements of γ (N2O5) on mixed chloride-nitrate particles indicate that the presence of trace chloride can negate the suppression of γ(N2O5) at high nitrate loadings with implications for polluted coastal regions. These results are used to construct a new parameterization for γ (N2O5), that when coupled to an aerosol thermodynamics model, can be used within regional and/or global chemical transport models.

Citation: Bertram, T. H. and Thornton, J. A.: Toward a general parameterization of N2O5 reactivity on aqueous particles: the competing effects of particle liquid water, nitrate and chloride, Atmos. Chem. Phys., 9, 8351-8363, doi:10.5194/acp-9-8351-2009, 2009.
 
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