Reactive Oxygen Species Production from Secondary Organic Aerosols: The Importance of Singlet Oxygen.

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Organic aerosols are subjected to atmospheric processes driven by sunlight, including the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) capable of transforming their physicochemical properties. In this study, secondary organic aerosols (SOA) generated from aromatic precursors were found to sensitize singlet oxygen (1 O2 ), an arguably underappreciated atmospheric ROS. Specifically, we quantified 1 O2 , OH radical, and H2 O2 quantum yields within photoirradiated solutions of laboratory-generated SOA from toluene, biphenyl, naphthalene, and 1,8-dimethylnaphthalene. At 5 mgC L-1 of SOA extracts, the average steady-state concentrations of 1 O2 and of OH radicals in irradiated solutions were 3 ± 1 × 10-14 M and 3.6 ± 0.9 × 10-17 M, respectively. Furthermore, ROS quantum yields of irradiated ambient PM10 extracts were comparable to those from laboratory-generated SOA, suggesting a similarity in ROS production from both types of samples. Finally, by using our measured ROS concentrations, we predict that certain organic compounds found in aerosols, such as amino acids, organo-nitrogen compounds, and phenolic compounds have shortened lifetimes by more than a factor of 2 when 1 O2 is considered as an additional sink. Overall, our findings highlight the importance of SOA as a source of 1 O2 and its potential as a competitive ROS species in photooxidation processes.

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Cited Authors

  • Manfrin, A; Nizkorodov, SA; Malecha, KT; Getzinger, GJ; McNeill, K; Borduas-Dedekind, N

Published Date

  • August 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 53 / 15

Start / End Page

  • 8553 - 8562

PubMed ID

  • 31306003

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1520-5851

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0013-936X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/acs.est.9b01609


  • eng