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Science of the Environmental Chamber

Schwantes, Rebecca H. and McVay, Renee C. and Zhang, Xuan and Coggon, Matthew M. and Lignell, Hanna and Flagan, Richard C. and Wennberg, Paul O. and Seinfeld, John H. (2017) Science of the Environmental Chamber. In: Advances in Atmospheric Chemistry. Hackensack, NJ. Vol.1. World Scientific , pp. 1-93. ISBN 9789813147355.

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Atmospheric chemistry is simulated in the laboratory using several types of environmental chambers; these include the batch chamber, the continuously mixed flow reactor, and the flow tube reactor. These reactors are used to study gas-phase oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as well as the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA), the process by which VOCs undergo oxidation to form low-volatility products that condense onto particles. This chapter focuses on the design and characterization of environmental chambers, including: (1) radiation conditions; (2) chamber mixing state; (3) chemical blank experiments; (4) free radical generation (principally the hydroxyl (OH) radical); (5) high-versus-low-NO conditions that govern the nature of VOC oxidation chemistry; (6) deposition of particles onto chamber walls; (7) deposition of organic vapors onto chamber walls; and (8) determination of the yield of SOA. Comparison of the design and behavior of the different types of reactor is addressed in detail. The performance of the differential mobility analyzer (DMA), the prime instrument for measuring aerosol size distributions in chambers, is addressed.

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Official Citation:Science of the Environmental Chamber Rebecca H. Schwantes, Renee C. McVay, Xuan Zhang, Matthew M. Coggon, Hanna Lignell, Richard C. Flagan, Paul O. Wennberg, and John H. Seinfeld Advances in Atmospheric Chemistry. February 2017, 1-93
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Deposited On:11 Apr 2017 17:04
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