Secondary organic aerosol formation from isoprene photooxidation during cloud condensation-evaporation cycles

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Bregonzio-Rozier, L 
Siekmann, F 
Pangui, E 
Morales, SB 

jats:pAbstract. The impact of cloud events on isoprene secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation has been studied from an isoprene ∕ NOx ∕ light system in an atmospheric simulation chamber. It was shown that the presence of a liquid water cloud leads to a faster and higher SOA formation than under dry conditions. When a cloud is generated early in the photooxidation reaction, before any SOA formation has occurred, a fast SOA formation is observed with mass yields ranging from 0.002 to 0.004. These yields are 2 and 4 times higher than those observed under dry conditions. When the cloud is generated at a later photooxidation stage, after isoprene SOA is stabilized at its maximum mass concentration, a rapid increase (by a factor of 2 or higher) of the SOA mass concentration is observed. The SOA chemical composition is influenced by cloud generation: the additional SOA formed during cloud events is composed of both organics and nitrate containing species. This SOA formation can be linked to the dissolution of water soluble volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the aqueous phase and to further aqueous phase reactions. Cloud-induced SOA formation is experimentally demonstrated in this study, thus highlighting the importance of aqueous multiphase systems in atmospheric SOA formation estimations. </jats:p>

37 Earth Sciences, 3701 Atmospheric Sciences
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The authors thank Arnaud Allanic, Sylvain Ravier, Pascal Renard and Pascal Zapf for their contributions in the experiments. The authors also acknowledge the institutions that have provided financial support: the French National Institute for Geophysical Research (CNRS-INSU) within the LEFE-CHAT program through the project “Impact de la chimie des nuages sur la formation d’aérosols organiques secondaires dans l’atmosphère” and the French National Agency for Research (ANR) project CUMULUS ANR-2010-BLAN-617-01. This work was also supported by the EC within the I3 project “Integrating of European Simulation Chambers for Investigating Atmospheric Processes” (EUROCHAMP-2, contract no. 228335). The authors thank the MASSALYA instrumental platform (Aix Marseille Université, for the analysis and measurements used in this paper.