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Effects of NO2 and SO2 on the secondary organic aerosol formation from β-pinene photooxidation

Ling Jiang , Xiangyu Zang , Zhaoyan Zhang , Yingqi Zhao , Gang Li , Hua Xie , Weiqing Zhang , Guorong Wu , Xueming Yang


Received July 30, 2022,Revised , Accepted October 22, 2022, Available online November 01, 2022

Volume 36,2024,Pages 151-160

Elucidating the effects of anthropogenic pollutants on the photooxidation of biogenic volatile organic compounds is crucial to understanding the fundamental mechanisms of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. Here, the impacts of NO2 and SO2 on SOA formation from the photooxidation of a representative monoterpene, β-pinene, were investigated by a number of laboratory studies. The results indicated NO2 enhanced the SOA mass concentrations and particle number concentrations under both low and high β-pinene conditions. This could be rationalized that the increased O3 concentrations upon the NOx photolysis was helpful for the generation of more amounts of O3-oxidized products, which accelerated the SOA nucleation and growth. Combing with NO2, the promotion of the SOA yield by SO2 was mainly reflected in the increase of mass concentration, which might be due to the elimination of the newly formed particles by the initially formed particles. The observed low oxidation degree of SOA might be attributed to the fast growth of SOA, resulting in the uptake of less oxygenated gas-phase species onto the particle phase. The present findings have important implications for SOA formation affected by anthropogenic–biogenic interactions in the ambient atmosphere.

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