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Volume 18, issue 17
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13013–13030, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-18-13013-2018
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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 18, 13013–13030, 2018
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Research article 11 Sep 2018

Research article | 11 Sep 2018

Chlorine oxidation of VOCs at a semi-rural site in Beijing: significant chlorine liberation from ClNO2 and subsequent gas- and particle-phase Cl–VOC production

Michael Le Breton et al.
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We apply state-of-the-art chemical characterization to determine the chloride radical production in Beijing via measurement of inorganic halogens at a semi-rural site. The high concentration of inorganic halogens, namely nitryl chloride, enables the production of chlorinated volatile organic compounds which are measured in both the gas and particle phases simultaneously. This enables the secondary production of aerosols via chlorine oxidation to be directly observed in ambient air.
We apply state-of-the-art chemical characterization to determine the chloride radical production...
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