Chamber-based insights into the factors controlling epoxydiol (IEPOX) secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield, composition, and volatility

Emma L. D'Ambro, Siegfried Schobesberger, Cassandra J. Gaston, Felipe D. Lopez-Hilfiker, Ben H. Lee, Jiumeng Liu, Alla Zelenyuk, David Bell, Christopher D. Cappa, Taylor Helgestad, Ziyue Li, Alex Guenther, Jian Wang, Matthew Wise, Ryan Caylor, Jason D. Surratt, Theran Riedel, Noora Hyttinen, Vili Taneli Salo, Galib HasanTheo Kurtén, John E. Shilling, Joel A. Thornton

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Abstract

We present measurements utilizing the Filter Inlet for Gases and Aerosols (FIGAERO) applied to chamber measurements of isoprene-derived epoxydiol (IEPOX) reactive uptake to aqueous acidic particles and associated secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. Similar to recent field observations with the same instrument, we detect two molecular components desorbing from the IEPOX SOA in high abundance: <span classCombining double low line"inline-formula">C5H12O4</span> and <span classCombining double low line"inline-formula">C5H10O3</span>. The thermal desorption signal of the former, presumably 2-methyltetrols, exhibits two distinct maxima, suggesting it arises from at least two different SOA components with significantly different effective volatilities. Isothermal evaporation experiments illustrate that the most abundant component giving rise to <span classCombining double low line"inline-formula">C5H12O4</span> is semi-volatile, undergoing nearly complete evaporation within 1&thinsp;h while the second, less volatile component remains unperturbed and even increases in abundance. We thus confirm, using controlled laboratory studies, recent analyses of ambient SOA measurements showing that IEPOX SOA is of very low volatility and commonly measured IEPOX SOA tracers such as <span classCombining double low line"inline-formula">C5H12O4</span> and <span classCombining double low line"inline-formula">C5H10O3</span>, presumably 2-methyltetrols and <span classCombining double low line"inline-formula">C5</span>-alkene triols or 3-MeTHF-3,4-diols, result predominantly from thermal decomposition in the FIGAERO-CIMS. We infer that other measurement techniques using thermal desorption or prolonged heating for analysis of SOA components may also lead to reported 2-methyltetrols and <span classCombining double low line"inline-formula">C5</span>-alkene triols or 3-MeTHF-3,4-diol structures. We further show that IEPOX SOA volatility continues to evolve via acidity-enhanced accretion chemistry on the timescale of hours, potentially involving both 2-methyltetrols and organosulfates.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)11253-11265
Number of pages13
JournalAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics
Volume19
Issue number17
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 5 2019

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    D'Ambro, E. L., Schobesberger, S., Gaston, C. J., Lopez-Hilfiker, F. D., Lee, B. H., Liu, J., Zelenyuk, A., Bell, D., Cappa, C. D., Helgestad, T., Li, Z., Guenther, A., Wang, J., Wise, M., Caylor, R., Surratt, J. D., Riedel, T., Hyttinen, N., Salo, V. T., ... Thornton, J. A. (2019). Chamber-based insights into the factors controlling epoxydiol (IEPOX) secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield, composition, and volatility. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 19(17), 11253-11265. https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-19-11253-2019