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Oxidation of Gas-Phase SO_2 on the Surfaces of Acidic Microdroplets: Implications for Sulfate and Sulfate Radical Anion Formation in the Atmospheric Liquid Phase

Hung, Hui-Ming and Hoffmann, Michael R. (2015) Oxidation of Gas-Phase SO_2 on the Surfaces of Acidic Microdroplets: Implications for Sulfate and Sulfate Radical Anion Formation in the Atmospheric Liquid Phase. Environmental Science and Technology, 49 (23). pp. 13768-13776. ISSN 0013-936X. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20151208-090501155

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Abstract

The oxidation of SO_2(g) on the interfacial layers of microdroplet surfaces was investigated using a spray-chamber reactor coupled to an electrospray ionization mass spectrometer. Four major ions, HSO_3–, SO_3•–, SO_4•– and HSO_4–, were observed as the SO_2(g)/N_2(g) gas-mixture was passed through a suspended microdroplet flow, where the residence time in the dynamic reaction zone was limited to a few hundred microseconds. The relatively high signal intensities of SO_3•–, SO_4•–, and HSO_4– compared to those of HSO_3– as observed at pH < 3 without addition of oxidants other than oxygen suggests an efficient oxidation pathway via sulfite and sulfate radical anions on droplets possibly via the direct interfacial electron transfer from HSO_3– to O_2. The concentrations of HSO_3– in the aqueous aerosol as a function of pH were controlled by the deprotonation of hydrated sulfur dioxide, SO_2·H_2O, which is also affected by the pH dependent uptake coefficient. When H_2O_2(g) was introduced into the spray chamber simultaneously with SO_2(g), HSO_3– is rapidly oxidized to form bisulfate in the pH range of 3 to 5. Conversion to sulfate was less at pH < 3 due to relatively low HSO_3– concentration caused by the fast interfacial reactions. The rapid oxidation of SO_2(g) on the acidic microdroplets was estimated as 1.5 × 10^6 [S(IV)] (M s^(–1)) at pH ≤ 3. In the presence of acidic aerosols, this oxidation rate is approximately 2 orders of magnitude higher than the rate of oxidation with H_2O_2(g) at a typical atmospheric H_2O_2(g) concentration of 1 ppb. This finding highlights the relative importance of the acidic surfaces for SO_2 oxidation in the atmosphere. Surface chemical reactions on aquated aerosol surfaces, as observed in this study, are overlooked in most atmospheric chemistry models. These reaction pathways may contribute to the rapid production of sulfate aerosols that is often observed in regions impacted by acidic haze aerosol such as Beijing and other megacities around the world.


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Hoffmann, Michael R.0000-0002-0432-6564
Additional Information:© 2015 American Chemical Society. Received: April 2, 2015; Revised: July 20, 2015; Accepted: August 13, 2015; Published: August 13, 2015. for this research was provided by two sources including the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (102-2111-M-002-006 and 103-2918-I-002-027) and the U.S. National Science Foundation (AGS-1238977). We also appreciate our ongoing collaborations and discussions with Prof. Shinichi Enami, Kyoto University, and Dr. A. J. Colussi, Caltech and the constructive comments from the anonymous reviewers.
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Ministry of Science and Technology (Taipei)102-2111-M-002-006
Ministry of Science and Technology (Taipei)103-2918-I-002-027
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Official Citation:Oxidation of Gas-Phase SO2 on the Surfaces of Acidic Microdroplets: Implications for Sulfate and Sulfate Radical Anion Formation in the Atmospheric Liquid Phase Hui-Ming Hung and Michael R. Hoffmann Environmental Science & Technology 2015 49 (23), 13768-13776 DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b01658
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