Review of technologies and their applications for the speciated detection of RO2 radicals

Yuanhang Zhang , Yue Gao , Keding Lu


Received March 10, 2022,Revised , Accepted September 19, 2022, Available online September 25, 2022

Volume 123,2023,Pages 487-499

Peroxy radicals (RO2), which are formed during the oxidation of volatile organic compounds, play an important role in atmospheric oxidation reactions. Therefore, the measurement of RO2, especially distinct species of RO2 radicals, is important and greatly helps the exploration of atmospheric chemistry mechanisms. Although the speciated detection of RO2 radicals remains challenging, various methods have been developed to study them in detail. These methods can be divided into spectroscopy and mass spectrometry technologies. The spectroscopy methods contain laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), UV-absorption spectroscopy, cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS) and matrix isolation and electron spin resonance (MIESR). The mass spectrometry methods contain chemical ionization atmospheric pressure interface time-of-flight mass spectrometry (CI-APi-TOF), chemical ionization mass spectrometry (CIMS), CI-Orbitrap-MS and the third-generation proton transfer reaction–time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PTR3). This article reviews technologies for the speciated detection of RO2 radicals and the applications of these methods. In addition, a comparison of these techniques and the reaction mechanisms of some key species are discussed. Finally, possible gaps are proposed that could be filled by future research into speciated RO2 radicals.

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