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Title: Condensed-phase biogenic-anthropogenic interactions with implications for cold cloud formation

Anthropogenic and biogenic gas emissions contribute to the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA). When present, soot particles from fossil-fuel combustion can acquire a coating of SOA. We investigate SOA-soot biogenic-anthropogenic interactions and their impact on ice nucleation in relation to the particles’ organic phase state. SOA particles were generated from the OH oxidation of naphthalene, α-pinene, longifolene, or isoprene, with or without presence of sulfate or soot particles. Corresponding particle glass transition (T g) and full deliquescence relative humidity (FDRH) were estimated by a numerical diffusion model. Longifolene SOA particles are solid-like and all biogenic SOA sulfate mixtures exhibit a core-shell configuration (i.e. a sulfate-rich core coated with SOA). Biogenic SOA with or without sulfate formed ice at conditions expected for homogeneous ice nucleation in agreement with respective T g and FDRH. α-pinene SOA coated soot particles nucleated ice above the homogeneous freezing temperature with soot acting as ice nuclei (IN). At lower temperatures the α-pinene SOA coating can be semisolid inducing ice nucleation. Naphthalene SOA coated soot particles acted as IN above and below the homogeneous freezing limit, which can be explained by the presence of a highly viscous SOA phase. Our results suggest that biogenic SOA doesmore » not play a significant role in mixed-phase cloud formation and the presence of sulfate further renders this even less likely. Furthermore, anthropogenic SOA may have an enhancing effect on cloud glaciation under mixed-phase and cirrus cloud conditions compared to biogenic SOA that dominate during preindustrial times or in pristine areas.« less
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Journal Name:
Faraday Discussions
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 2017; Journal ID: ISSN 1359-6640
Royal Society of Chemistry
Research Org:
Stony Brook Univ., Stony Brook, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Biological and Environmental Research (BER) (SC-23)
Country of Publication:
United States
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