Roles of semivolatile and intermediate-volatility organic compounds in secondary organic aerosol formation and its implication: A review

Weiwen Huang , Zhenhao Ling , Liqing Wu , Yonghong Wang , Min Shao , Xuemei Wang , Maofa Ge , Yujing Mu , Jianmin Chen , Zifa Wang


Received June 12, 2021,Revised , Accepted August 31, 2021, Available online February 23, 2022

Volume 34,2022,Pages 259-285

Secondary organic aerosol (SOA) is a very important component of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the atmosphere. However, the simulations of SOA, which could help to elucidate the detailed mechanism of SOA formation and quantify the roles of various precursors, remains unsatisfactory, as SOA levels are frequently underestimated. It has been found that the performance of SOA formation models can be significantly improved by incorporating the emission and evolution of semivolatile and intermediate-volatility organic compounds (S/IVOCs). In order to explore the roles of S/IVOCs in SOA formation, this study reviews some simulation models which could consider S/IVOCs for SOA formation as well as the development of emission inventories of S/IVOCs and S/IVOC modules for SOA formation. In addition, the future research directions for simulations of the effect of S/IVOCs on SOA formation are suggested.

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