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Co-formation of hydroperoxides and ultra-fine particles during the reactions of ozone with a complex VOC mixture under simulated indoor conditions

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Fan, Z; Weschler, CJ; Han, IK; Zhang, J
Published in: Atmospheric Environment
September 1, 2005

In this study we examined the co-formation of hydrogen peroxide and other hydroperoxides (collectively presented as H2O2*) as well as submicron particles, including ultra-fine particles (UFP), resulting from the reactions of ozone (O3) with a complex mixture of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) under simulated indoor conditions. The VOC mixture contained 23 compounds, including two terpenes (d-limonene and α-pinene), two unsaturated alkenes (1-decene and 1-octene), and 19 other saturated organic compounds. These compounds are commonly found in indoor air but their concentrations were higher than typical indoor levels. When O3 was added to a 25-m3 controlled environmental facility (CEF) containing the 23 VOC mixture, both H2O2* and submicron particles were formed. The 2-h average concentration of H2O 2* was 1.89±0.30 ppb, and the average total particle number concentration was 46,000±12,000 particles cm-3. A small increase of UFP (0.02-0.1 μm) occurred 5 min after the O3 addition (17 min after the VOC addition) and a sharp increase of UFP occurred 13 min after the O3 addition, suggesting homogeneous nucleation. The delayed onset of this event might reflect the time required to achieve saturated concentrations of the condensable organics. When the 2 terpenes were removed from the O3/23 VOCs mixture, no H2O2* or particles were formed, indicating that the reactions of O3 with the two terpenes were the key processes contributing to the formation of H 2O2* and submicron particles in the O3/23 VOCs system. The present study confirmed the findings of a previous study carried out in a real-world office and generated new findings regarding co-formation of UFP. Through a comparative analysis of H2O 2* yields under different reaction conditions, this study demonstrates that VOCs co-present with the terpenes and O3 may play a role in producing H2O2*. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Atmospheric Environment

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1352-2310

Publication Date

September 1, 2005

Volume

39

Issue

28

Start / End Page

5171 / 5182

Related Subject Headings

  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 4011 Environmental engineering
  • 3702 Climate change science
  • 3701 Atmospheric sciences
  • 0907 Environmental Engineering
  • 0401 Atmospheric Sciences
  • 0104 Statistics
 

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Fan, Z., Weschler, C. J., Han, I. K., & Zhang, J. (2005). Co-formation of hydroperoxides and ultra-fine particles during the reactions of ozone with a complex VOC mixture under simulated indoor conditions. Atmospheric Environment, 39(28), 5171–5182. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.05.018
Fan, Z., C. J. Weschler, I. K. Han, and J. Zhang. “Co-formation of hydroperoxides and ultra-fine particles during the reactions of ozone with a complex VOC mixture under simulated indoor conditions.” Atmospheric Environment 39, no. 28 (September 1, 2005): 5171–82. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.05.018.
Fan, Z., et al. “Co-formation of hydroperoxides and ultra-fine particles during the reactions of ozone with a complex VOC mixture under simulated indoor conditions.” Atmospheric Environment, vol. 39, no. 28, Sept. 2005, pp. 5171–82. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.05.018.
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Published In

Atmospheric Environment

DOI

ISSN

1352-2310

Publication Date

September 1, 2005

Volume

39

Issue

28

Start / End Page

5171 / 5182

Related Subject Headings

  • Meteorology & Atmospheric Sciences
  • 4011 Environmental engineering
  • 3702 Climate change science
  • 3701 Atmospheric sciences
  • 0907 Environmental Engineering
  • 0401 Atmospheric Sciences
  • 0104 Statistics