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Photochemical Production and Release of Gaseous NO_2 from Nitrate-Doped Water Ice

Boxe, C. S. and Colussi, A. J. and Hoffmann, M. R. and Murphy, J. G. and Wooldridge, P. J. and Bertram, T. H. and Cohen, R. C. (2005) Photochemical Production and Release of Gaseous NO_2 from Nitrate-Doped Water Ice. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 109 (38). pp. 8520-8525. ISSN 1089-5639. doi:10.1021/jp0518815.

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Temperature-programmed NO_2 emissions from frozen aqueous NaNO_3 solutions irradiated at 313 nm were monitored as function of nitrate concentration and heating rate, H, above −30 °C. Emissions increase nonmonotonically with temperature, displaying transitions suggestive of underlying metamorphic transformations. Thus, NO_2 emissions surge at ca. −8 °C in frozen [NO_3^-] > 200 μM samples warmed at H = 0.70 °C min^(-1) under continuous irradiation, and also in the dark from samples that had been photolyzed at −30 °C. The amounts of NO_2 released in individual thermograms, Σ_N, increase less than linearly with [NO_3^-] or the duration of experiments, revealing the significant loss of photogenerated NO_2. The actual Σ_N ∝ [NO_3^-]^(1/2) dependence (at constant H) is consistent with NO_2 hydrolysis:  2NO_2 + H_2O → NO_3^- + NO_2^- + 2H^+, overtaking NO_2 desorption, even below the eutectic point (−18 °C for aqueous NaNO_3). The increasingly larger NO2 losses detected in longer experiments (at constant [NO_3^-]) are ascribed to secondary photolysis of trapped NO_2. The relevance of present results to the interpretation of polar NO_2 measurements is briefly analyzed.

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Additional Information:© 2005 American Chemical Society. Received: April 11, 2005; In Final Form: July 7, 2005. C.S.B. acknowledges support from the Betty and Gordon Moore Foundation. This work was financed by NSF grant ATM-0228140.
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Official Citation:Photochemical Production and Release of Gaseous NO2 from Nitrate-Doped Water Ice C. S. Boxe, A. J. Colussi, M. R. Hoffmann, J. G. Murphy, P. J. Wooldridge, T. H. Bertram, and R. C. Cohen The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 2005 109 (38), 8520-8525 DOI: 10.1021/jp0518815
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