Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 13, 8873-8900, 2013
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Uptake of HO2 radicals on Arizona test dust surface
Y. Bedjanian, M. N. Romanias, and A. El Zein
Institut de Combustion, Aérothermique, Réactivité et Environnement (ICARE), CNRS, 45071 Orléans Cedex 2, France

Abstract. The interaction of HO2 radicals with solid films of Arizona Test Dust (ATD) was studied using a low pressure flow reactor (1–9 Torr) combined with a modulated molecular beam mass spectrometer for monitoring of the gaseous species involved. The reactive uptake coefficient of HO2 was measured from the kinetics of HO2 consumption on Pyrex rods coated with ATD as a function of HO2 concentration ((0.35–3.30) × 1012 molecule cm−3), relative humidity (RH = 0.02–94%), temperature (T = 275–320 K) and UV irradiance intensity (JNO2 = 0–0.012 s−1). The initial uptake coefficient was found to be independent of concentration of HO2, temperature and irradiation conditions, and to decrease with increasing relative humidity: γ0 = 1.2/(18.7 + RH1.1) (calculated using geometric surface area, with 30% estimated conservative uncertainty). An upper limit of 5% was found for the H2O2 forming pathway of the HO2 reaction with ATD surface. The results of the measurements indicate that HO2 loss on dust aerosol may be a non negligible sink for HOx species in the troposphere with the effect depending on specific local conditions.

Citation: Bedjanian, Y., Romanias, M. N., and El Zein, A.: Uptake of HO2 radicals on Arizona test dust surface, Atmos. Chem. Phys. Discuss., 13, 8873-8900, doi:10.5194/acpd-13-8873-2013, 2013.
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