科研成果 Publications

2017
Liu XX, Qu H, Huey LG, Wang YH, Sjostedt S, Zeng LM, Lu KD, Wu YS, Ho M, Shao M, et al. High Levels of Daytime Molecular Chlorine and Nitryl Chloride at a Rural Site on the North China Plain. Environmental Science & TechnologyEnvironmental Science & TechnologyEnviron Sci Technol. 2017;51:9588-9595.Abstract
Molecular chlorine (Cl-2) and nitryl chloride (GINO(2)) concentrations were measured using chemical ionization mass spectrometry at a rural site over the North China Plain during June 2014. High levels of daytime Cl-2 up to similar to 450 pptv were observed. The average diurnal Cl-2 mixing ratios showed a maximum around noon at pptv. ClNO2 exhibited a strong diurnal variation with early morning maxima reaching ppbv levels and afternoon minima sustained above 60 pptv. A moderate correlation (R-2 = 0.31) between Cl-2 and sulfur dioxide was observed, perhaps indicating a role for power plant emissions in the generation of the observed chlorine. We also observed a strong correlation (R-2 = 0.83) between daytime (10:00-20:00) Cl-2 and ClNO2, which implies that both of them were formed from a similar mechanism. In addition, Cl-2 production is likely associated with a photochemical mechanism as Cl-2 concentrations varied with ozone (O-3) levels. The impact of Cl-2 and ClNO2 as Cl atom sources is investigated using a photochemical box model. We estimated that the produced Cl atoms oxidized slightly more alkanes than OH radicals and enhanced the daily concentrations of peroxy radicals by 15% and the O-3 production rate by 19%.
Tang MJ, Huang X, Lu KD, Ge MF, Li YJ, Cheng P, Zhu T, Ding AJ, Zhang YH, Gligorovski S, et al. Heterogeneous reactions of mineral dust aerosol: implications for tropospheric oxidation capacity. Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2017;17:11727-11777.Abstract
Heterogeneous reactions of mineral dust aerosol with trace gases in the atmosphere could directly and indirectly affect tropospheric oxidation capacity, in addition to aerosol composition and physicochemical properties. In this article we provide a comprehensive and critical review of laboratory studies of heterogeneous uptake of OH, NO3, O-3, and their directly related species as well (including HO2, H2O2, HCHO, HONO, and N2O5) by mineral dust particles. The atmospheric importance of heterogeneous uptake as sinks for these species is assessed (i) by comparing their lifetimes with respect to heterogeneous reactions with mineral dust to lifetimes with respect to other major loss processes and (ii) by discussing relevant field and modeling studies. We have also outlined major open questions and challenges in laboratory studies of heterogeneous uptake by mineral dust and discussed research strategies to address them in order to better understand the effects of heterogeneous reactions with mineral dust on tropospheric oxidation capacity.
Wang HC, Lu KD, Chen XR, Zhu QD, Chen Q, Guo S, Jiang MQ, Li X, Shang DJ, Tan ZF, et al. High N2O5 Concentrations Observed in Urban Beijing: Implications of a Large Nitrate Formation Pathway. Environmental Science & Technology LettersEnvironmental Science & Technology LettersEnvironmental Science & Technology Letters. 2017;4:416-420.Abstract
The heterogeneous hydrolysis of dinitrogen pentoxide (N2O5) is important to understanding the formation of particulate nitrate (pNO(3)(-)). Measurements of N2O5 in the surface layer taken at an urban site in Beijing are presented here. N2O5 was observed with large day-to-day variability. High N2O5 concentrations were determined during pollution episodes with the co-presence of large aerosol loads. The maximum value was 1.3 ppbv (5 s average), associated with an air mass characterized by a high level of O-3. N2O5 uptake coefficients were estimated to be in the range of 0.025-0.072 using the steady-state lifetime method. As a consequence, the nocturnal pNO(3)(-) formation potential by N2O5 heterogeneous uptake was calculated to be 24-85 mu g m(-3) per night and, on average, 57 mu g m(-3) during days with pollution. This was comparable to or even higher than that formed by the partitioning of HNO3. The results highlight that N2O5 heterogeneous hydrolysis is vital in pNO(3)(-) formation in Beijing.
Wang HC, Lu KD, Tan ZF, Sun K, Li X, Hu M, Shao M, Zeng LM, Zhu T, Zhang YH. Model simulation of NO3, N2O5 and ClNO2 at a rural site in Beijing during CAREBeijing-2006. Atmospheric ResearchAtmospheric Research. 2017;196:97-107.Abstract
A chemical box model was used to study nitrate radical (NO3), dinitrogen pentoxide (N2O5) and nitryl chloride (C1NO(2)) in a rural site during the Campaign of Air Quality Research in Beijing 2006 (CAREBeijing-2006). The model was based on regional atmospheric chemistry mechanism version 2 (RACM(2)) with the heterogeneous uptake of N2O5 and the simplified chloride radical (C1) chemistry mechanism. A high production rate of NO3 with a mean value of 0.8 ppbv/h and low mixing ratios of NO3 and N2O5 (peak values of 17 pptv and 480 pptv, respectively) existed in this site. Budget analysis showed that NO emission suppressed the NO3 chemistry at the surface layer, the reaction of NO3 with VOCs made a similar contribution to NO3 loss as N2O5 heterogeneous uptake. The NO3 chemistry was predominantly controlled by isoprene, and NO3 oxidation produced organic nitrate with a mean value of 0.06 ppbv/h during nighttime. The organic nitrate production initiated by NO3 was equal to that initiated by OH, implying the importance of nighttime chemistry for secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. We confirmed that the N2O5 heterogeneous reaction accounted for nighttime particle NO3 enhancement, with a large day to day variability, and made less of a contribution to NOx loss compared to that of OH reacting with NO2. Additionally, abundant C1NO(2), up to 5.0 ppbv, was formed by N2O5 heterogeneous uptake. C1NO(2) was sustained at a high level until noon in spite of the gradually increasing photolysis of C1NO(2) after sunrise. Chlorine activation caused by N2O5 heterogeneous uptake increased primary ROx formation by 5% and accounted for 8% of the net ozone production enhancement in the morning.
Wu ZJ, Ma N, Gross J, Kecorius S, Lu KD, Shang DJ, Wang Y, Wu YS, Zeng LM, Hu M, et al. Thermodynamic properties of nanoparticles during new particle formation events in the atmosphere of North China Plain. Atmospheric ResearchAtmospheric Research. 2017;188:55-63.Abstract
To better understand the sources, formation, and the transport of air pollutants over North China Plain (NCP), a four-week intensive campaign during summertime in 2014 was conducted in a central NCP rural site. In this study, particle hygroscopicity and volatility measurements were focused to characterize the thermodynamic properties of nanoparticles and gain insight into chemical composition of nanoparticles during the new particle formation (NPF) events. The water-soluble fractions of 30 and 50 nm newly formed particles were respectively 0.64 +/- 0.06 and 0.61 +/- 0.06, indicating that the water-soluble chemical compounds, most likely ammonium sulfate, dominated the condensational growth of newly formed particles over the NCP. Due to containing higher water-soluble fraction, nanoparticles can be activated as cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) at lower supersaturation in the atmosphere of NCP in contrast to cleaner environments, such as Melpitz (Central European background) and Hyytiala (boreal forest) during the NPF events. Our observations showed that the NPF and subsequent growth significantly resulted in an enhancement in CCN number concentration. The ranges of enhancement factors of CCN number concentration for supersaturation (SS) = 0.2, 0.4, 0.8% were respectively 1.9-7.0, 2.7-8.4, and 3.6-10.1. After being heated to 300 degrees C, the shrink factors for 30 and 50 nm particles were respectively 0.35 and 038. This indicated that non-volatile compounds could be produced during the growth process of newly formed particles. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Yang YD, Shao M, Kessel S, Li Y, Lu KD, Lu SH, Williams J, Zhang YH, Zeng LM, Noelscher AC, et al. How the OH reactivity affects the ozone production efficiency: case studies in Beijing and Heshan, China. Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2017;17:7127-7142.Abstract
Total OH reactivity measurements were conducted on the Peking University campus (Beijing) in August 2013 and in Heshan (Guangdong province) from October to November 2014. The daily median OH reactivity was 20 +/- 11 s(-1) in Beijing and 31 +/- 20 s(-1) in Heshan, respectively. The data in Beijing showed a distinct diurnal pattern with the maxima over 27 s(-1) in the early morning and minima below 16 s(-1) in the afternoon. The diurnal pattern in Heshan was not as evident as in Beijing. Missing reactivity, defined as the difference between measured and calculated OH reactivity, was observed at both sites, with 21% missing reactivity in Beijing and 32% missing reactivity in Heshan. Unmeasured primary species, such as branched alkenes, could contribute to missing reactivity in Beijing, especially during morning rush hours. An observation-based model with the RACM2 (Regional Atmospheric Chemical Mechanism version 2) was used to understand the daytime missing reactivity in Beijing by adding unmeasured oxygenated volatile organic compounds and simulated intermediates of the degradation from primary volatile organic compounds (VOCs). However, the model could not find a convincing explanation for the missing reactivity in Heshan, where the ambient air was found to be more aged, and the missing reactivity was presumably attributed to oxidized species, such as unmeasured aldehydes, acids and dicarbonyls. The ozone production efficiency was 21% higher in Beijing and 30% higher in Heshan when the model was constrained by the measured reactivity, compared to the calculations with measured and modeled species included, indicating the importance of quantifying the OH reactivity for better understanding ozone chemistry.
Fuchs H, Tan ZF, Lu KD, Bohn B, Broch S, Brown SS, Dong HB, Gomm S, Haseler R, He LY, et al. OH reactivity at a rural site (Wangdu) in the North China Plain: contributions from OH reactants and experimental OH budget. Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2017;17:645-661.Abstract
In 2014, a large, comprehensive field campaign was conducted in the densely populated North China Plain. The measurement site was located in a botanic garden close to the small town Wangdu, without major industry but influenced by regional transportation of air pollution. The loss rate coefficient of atmospheric hydroxyl radicals (OH) was quantified by direct measurements of the OH reactivity. Values ranged between 10 and 20 s(-1) for most of the daytime. Highest values were reached in the late night with maximum values of around 40 s(-1). OH reactants mainly originated from anthropogenic activities as indicated (1) by a good correlation between measured OH reactivity and carbon monoxide (linear correlation coefficient R-2 = 0 : 33) and (2) by a high contribution of nitrogen oxide species to the OH reactivity (up to 30% in the morning). Total OH reactivity was measured by a laser flash photolysis-laser-induced fluorescence instrument (LP-LIF). Measured values can be explained well by measured trace gas concentrations including organic compounds, oxygenated organic compounds, CO and nitrogen oxides. Significant, unexplained OH reactivity was only observed during nights, when biomass burning of agricultural waste occurred on surrounding fields. OH reactivity measurements also allow investigating the chemical OH budget. During this campaign, the OH destruction rate calculated from measured OH reactivity and measured OH concentration was balanced by the sum of OH production from ozone and nitrous acid photolysis and OH regeneration from hydroperoxy radicals within the uncertainty of measurements. However, a tendency for higher OH destruction compared to OH production at lower concentrations of nitric oxide is also observed, consistent with previous findings in field campaigns in China.
Tan ZF, Fuchs H, Lu KD, Hofzumahaus A, Bohn B, Broch S, Dong HB, Gomm S, Haseler R, He LY, et al. Radical chemistry at a rural site (Wangdu) in the North China Plain: observation and model calculations of OH, HO2 and RO2 radicals. Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2017;17:663-690.Abstract
A comprehensive field campaign was carried out in summer 2014 in Wangdu, located in the North China Plain. A month of continuous OH, HO2 and RO2 measurements was achieved. Observations of radicals by the laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique revealed daily maximum concentrations between (5-15) x 10(6) cm(-3), (3-14) x 10(8) cm(-3) and (3-15) x 10(8) cm 3 for OH, HO2 and RO2, respectively. Measured OH reactivities (inverse OH lifetime) were 10 to 20 s(-1) during daytime. The chemical box model RACM 2, including the Leuven isoprene mechanism (LIM), was used to interpret the observed radical concentrations. As in previous field campaigns in China, modeled and measured OH concentrations agree for NO mixing ratios higher than 1 ppbv, but systematic discrepancies are observed in the afternoon for NO mixing ratios of less than 300 pptv (the model-measurement ratio is between 1.4 and 2 in this case). If additional OH recycling equivalent to 100 pptv NO is assumed, the model is capable of reproducing the observed OH, HO2 and RO2 concentrations for conditions of high volatile organic compound (VOC) and low NOx concentrations. For HO2, good agreement is found between modeled and observed concentrations during day and night. In the case of RO2, the agreement between model calculations and measurements is good in the late afternoon when NO concentrations are below 0.3 ppbv. A significant model underprediction of RO2 by a factor of 3 to 5 is found in the morning at NO concentrations higher than 1 ppbv, which can be explained by a missing RO2 source of 2 ppbvh(-1). As a consequence, the model underpredicts the photochemical net ozone production by 20 ppbv per day, which is a significant portion of the daily integrated ozone production (110 ppbv) derived from the measured HO2 and RO2. The additional RO2 production from the photolysis of ClNO2 and missing reactivity can explain about 10% and 20% of the discrepancy, respectively. The underprediction of the photochemical ozone production at high NOx found in this study is consistent with the results from other field campaigns in urban environments, which underlines the need for better understanding of the peroxy radical chemistry for high NOx conditions.
Ma YF, Lu KD, Chou CCK, Li XQ, Zhang YH. Strong deviations from the NO-NO2-O-3 photostationary state in the Pearl River Delta: Indications of active peroxy radical and chlorine radical chemistry. Atmospheric EnvironmentAtmospheric Environment. 2017;163:22-34.Abstract
Simultaneous measurements of meteorological data, trace gases, and volatile organic compounds were made in two regional sites, viz. Backgarden and Kaiping, in the Pearl River Delta (PRD) during summer and autumn, respectively. The strong deviations from the NO-NO2-O-3 Photostationary State, quantified by the leighton ratios, are carefully deduced through a comprehensive data set consist of the high-quality measurements of NO, NO2, O-3 and JNoz as well as the peroxy radical measurements. This is the first report of the Leighton ratio in China, with relatively high recorded values of 2.3 +/- 0.4 (Backgarden) and 3.1 +/- 1.4 (Kaiping), suggesting a strongly oxidising atmosphere in the PRD, typical of the ozone pollution season. A sensitivity analysis using a zero-dimensional chemical box model based on the regional atmospheric chemistry mechanism, version 2 (RACM2) constrained by the experimental measurements, indicated that peroxy radicals account for 70 (Backgarden) and 66% (Kaiping) of the observed positive deviations from the NOx photostationary state (characterized by a Leighton ratio of 1) on average. We consider that the remaining deviations result from neglecting the effects of chlorine chemistry, so We introduced a Cl chemistry module into RACM2, and the modelled results for Cl were as follows: 4.7 x 10(-4) pptv in Backgarden and 1.3 x 10(-3) pptv in Kaiping; these results are lower than the CI concentration derived from the NOx photostationary state. More work is required to confirm the role of additional peroxy radical sources at both high and low NOx regimes, as well as that of the halogen radicals, in perturbing the NO-NOx-O-3 cycle, which would significantly enhance trace gas removal and photochemical ozone production. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Wang HC, Chen J, Lu KD. Development of a portable cavity-enhanced absorption spectrometer for the measurement of ambient NO3 and N2O5: experimental setup, lab characterizations, and field applications in a polluted urban environment. Atmospheric Measurement TechniquesAtmospheric Measurement Techniques. 2017;10:1465-1479.Abstract
A small and portable incoherent broadband cavityenhanced absorption spectrometer (IBBCEAS) for NO3 and N2O5 measurement has been developed. The instrument features a mechanically aligned non-adjustable optical mounting system, and the novel design of the optical mounting system enables a fast setup and stable operation in field applications. To remove the influence of the strong nonlinear absorption by water vapour, a dynamic reference spectrum through NO titration is used for the spectrum analysis. The wall loss effects of the sample system were extensively studied, and the total transmission efficiencies were determined to be 85 and 55% for N2O5 and NO3, respectively, for our experimental setup. The limit of detection (LOD) was estimated to be 2.4 pptv (1 sigma) and 2.7 pptv (1 sigma) at 1 s intervals for NO3 and N2O5, respectively. The associated uncertainty of the field measurement was estimated to be 19% for NO3 and 22-36% for N2O5 measurements from the uncertainties of transmission efficiency, absorption cross section, effective cavity length, and mirror reflectivity. The instrument was successfully deployed in two comprehensive field campaigns conducted in the winter and summer of 2016 in Beijing. Up to 1.0 ppb NO3 C N2O5 was observed with the presence of high aerosol loadings, which indicates an active night-time chemistry in Beijing.
2016
Liu YH, Lu KD, Dong HB, Li X, Cheng P, Zou Q, Wu YS, Liu XG, Zhang YH. In situ monitoring of atmospheric nitrous acid based on multi-pumping flow system and liquid waveguide capillary cell. Journal of Environmental SciencesJournal of Environmental Sciences. 2016;43:273-284.Abstract
In the last four decades, various techniques including spectroscopic, wet chemical and mass spectrometric methods, have been developed and applied for the detection of ambient nitrous acid (HONO). We developed a HONO detection system based on long path photometry which consists of three independent modules i.e., sampling module, fluid propulsion module and detection module. In the propulsion module, solenoid pumps are applied. With solenoid pumps the pulsed flow can be computer controlled both in terms of pump stroke volume and pulse frequency, which enables the attainment of a very stable flow rate. In the detection module, a customized Liquid Waveguide Capillary Cell (LWCC) is used. The customized LWCC pre-sets the optical fiber in-coupling with the liquid wave guide, providing the option of fast startup and easy maintenance of the absorption photometry. In summer 2014, our system was deployed in a comprehensive campaign at a rural site in the North China Plain. More than one month of high quality HONO data spanning from the limit of detection to 5 ppb were collected. Intercomparison of our system with another established system from Forschungszentrum Juelich is presented and discussed. In conclusion, our instrument achieved a detection limit of 10 pptV within 2 min and a measurement uncertainty of 7%, which is well suited for investigation of the HONO budget from urban to rural conditions in China. (C) 2016 The Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Wang HC, Lu KD. Determination and Parameterization of the Heterogeneous Uptake Coefficient of Dinitrogen Pentoxide (N2O5). Progress in ChemistryProgress in Chemistry. 2016;28:917-933.Abstract
Particulate pollution is a major air pollution problem in Chinese mega-cities. Under such conditions, the atmospheric gas-phase chemistry is strongly influenced by heterogeneous reactions, of which to quantify the heterogeneous reaction processes of N2O5 is essential for the understanding of the nighttime oxidation capacity, regional NOx budget, photochemical ozone prodution, etc. In this paper, we extensively review the research progress of the N2O5 heterogeneous reaction processes such as its reaction mechanism, measurement techniques of the corresponding uptake coefficient (gamma(N2O5)) and the measurement results on different aerosol substrates. The heterogeneous reaction processes of N2O5 is a typical reactive uptake process which can be ideally studied by the aerosol flow tube system. The corresponding laboratory kinetic studies are started from model aerosols (sulfate), and evolved to be more realistic aerosols according to the accumulated knowledges on the aerosol properties obtained in field studies. It is found that the gamma(N2O5) varied from 0. 001 to 0. 2 on different aerosol substrates, more than two orders of magnitude. The variation is influenced by the ambient temperature, relative humidity, mixing state, phase state, aerosol chemical compositions like NO3-, Cl-, SO42-, liquid water content (LWC), organics, etc., of which the uptake coefficient is higher with higher LWC, Cl-, SO42- while lower with higher NO3- and organics. The avaiable field studies in the United States and Europe showed that, to describe gamma(N2O5), these impact factors can' t be independently expressed; and the dependence seems to be very complicated and cross correlated. Therefore the state of art parameterization methods of gamma(N2O5) developed from lab kinetic studies are still not able to describe the field observations. Since high aerosol loading and high N2O5 are always co-located at urban aeras, more field observations and sucessful parameterization of gamma(N2O5) is proposed to be conducted in typical urban conditions including Chinese megacity regions.
Zou Q, Lu KD, Wu YS, Yang YD, Du ZF, Hu M. Ambient photolysis frequency of NO2 determined using chemical actinometer and spectroradiometer at an urban site in Beijing. Frontiers of Environmental Science & EngineeringFrontiers of Environmental Science & Engineering. 2016;10.Abstract
The photolysis frequency of NO2, j(NO2), is an important analytical parameter in the study of tropospheric chemistry. A chemical actinometer (CA) was built to measure the ambient j(NO2) based on a high precision NOx instrument with 1 min time resolution. Parallel measurements of the ambient j(NO2) by using the CA and a commercial spectroradiometer (SR) were conducted at a typical urban site (Peking University Urban Environmental Monitoring Station) in Beijing. In general, good agreement was achieved between the CA and SR data with a high linear correlation coefficient (R-2 = 0.977) and a regression slope of 1.12. The regression offset was negligible compared to the measured signal level. The j(NO2) data were calculated using the tropospheric ultraviolet visible radiation (TUV) model, which was constrained to observe aerosol optical properties. The calculated j(NO2) was intermediate between the results obtained with CA and SR, demonstrating the consistency of all the parameters observed at this site. The good agreement between the CA and SR data, and the consistency with the TUV model results, demonstrate the good performance of the installed SR instrument. Since a drift of the SR sensitivity is expected by the manufacturer, we propose a regular check of the data acquired via SR against those obtained by CA for long-term delivery of a high quality series of j(NO2) data. Establishing such a time series will be invaluable for analyzing the long-term atmospheric oxidation capacity trends as well as O-3 pollution for urban Beijing. (C) Higher Education Press and Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
2015
Wang HC, Chen T, Lu KD. Measurement of NO3 and N2O5 in the Troposphere. Progress in ChemistryProgress in Chemistry. 2015;27:963-976.Abstract
Nitrate radical (NO3) and dinitrogen pentoxide (N2O5) are key species of the tropospheric chemistry, that play a central role in the tropospheric chemical issues such as atmospheric self cleansing capacity, secondary aerosol formations, reactive halogen chemistry, global sulfur cycles, etc. Nevertheless, the accurate and precise determination of both NO3 and N2O5 is still a challenging task due to their low ambient concentrations, high reactivity and short life time. In this paper, we summarize all kinds of measurement techniques used in the field observations of NO3 and N2O5, including differential optical absorption spectroscopy (DOAS), cavity ring-down spectroscopy (CRDS), cavity enhance absorption spectroscopy (CEAS), laser-induced fluorescence (LIF), matrix isolation electron spin resonance spectroscopy (MIESR), and chemical ionization mass spectrometry(CIMS). The advantages and disadvantages of those techniques are reviewed on the aspects of measurement accuracy, precision, time resolution, interference, calibration and operation stability. The absorption spectroscopy is the best technical approach, especially the subcategories-CRDS and CEAS developed in the last decade are the techniques with high potential of good performance in field applications. However, because high aerosol loadings are always presented in the atmosphere of the mega-city regions in China, the aerosol extinction could be a significant barrier to come over for the techniques based on absorption spectroscopy. Moreover, the observed NO3 and N2O5 concentrations and the major scientific findings of corresponding measurement campaigns conducted in typical tropospheric conditions as urban, forest, free troposphere and marine environments, etc. are outlined. Finally, we discuss the unresolved issues of the NO3 and N2O5 chemistry and possible new directions for future studies in chemically complex environments.
2014
Yang Q, Su H, Li X, Cheng YF, Lu KD, Cheng P, Gu JW, Guo S, Hu M, Zeng LM, et al. Daytime HONO formation in the suburban area of the megacity Beijing, China. Science China-ChemistryScience China-Chemistry. 2014;57:1032-1042.Abstract
Nitrous acid (HONO), as a primary precursor of OH radicals, has been considered one of the most important nitrogen-containing species in the atmosphere. Up to 30% of primary OH radical production is attributed to the photolysis of HONO. However, the major HONO formation mechanisms are still under discussion. During the Campaigns of Air Quality Research in Beijing and Surrounding Region (CAREBeijing2006) campaign, comprehensive measurements were carried out in the megacity Beijing, where the chemical budget of HONO was fully constrained. The average diurnal HONO concentration varied from 0.33 to 1.2 ppbv. The net OH production rate from HONO, P (OH)(HONO)(net), was on average (from 05:00 to 19:00 h) 7.1 x 10(6) molecule/(cm(3) s), 2.7 times higher than from O-3 photolysis. This production rate demonstrates the important role of HONO in the atmospheric chemistry of megacity Beijing. An unknown HONO source (P (unknown)) with an average of 7.3 x 10(6) molecule/(cm(3) s) was derived from the budget analysis during daytime. P (unknown) provided four times more HONO than the reaction of NO with OH did. The diurnal variation of P (unknown) showed an apparent photo-enhanced feature with a maximum around 12:00 h, which was consistent with previous studies at forest and rural sites. Laboratory studies proposed new mechanisms to recruit NO2 and J(NO2) in order to explain a photo-enhancement of of P (unknown). In this study, these mechanisms were validated against the observation-constraint P (unknown). The reaction of exited NO2 accounted for only 6% of P (unknown), and P (unknown) poorly correlated with [NO2] (R = 0.26) and J(NO2)[NO2] (R = 0.35). These results challenged the role of NO2 as a major precursor of the missing HONO source.
Rohrer F, Lu KD, Hofzumahaus A, Bohn B, Brauers T, Chang CC, Fuchs H, Haseler R, Holland F, Hu M, et al. Maximum efficiency in the hydroxyl-radical-based self-cleansing of the troposphere. Nature GeoscienceNature Geoscience. 2014;7:559-563.Abstract
The removal of trace gases from the troposphere is, in most cases, initialized by reactions with hydroxyl radicals, and the products of these reactions are eventually deposited on the Earth's surface. The concentration of these hydroxyl radicals is therefore a measure of atmospheric self-cleansing. In theory, hydroxyl-radical concentrations can be enhanced by the recycling of some of the reaction products. The only known efficient recycling process involves nitrogen oxide and leads to production of ozone, yet observations in regions with high hydrocarbon and low nitrogen oxide concentrations show substantially elevated hydroxyl-radical concentrations, up to ten times higher than expected. If we normalize observed hydroxyl-radical concentrations to the maximum achievable in model calculations with variable nitrogen oxide concentrations, this photochemical coordinate system uncovers a common feature in almost all of these observations: even in the presence of inadequate amounts of nitrogen oxides, hydroxyl-radical concentrations are enhanced to the theoretical maximum obtainable at very much higher nitrogen oxide concentrations. This means that this important part of the self-cleansing capability of the atmosphere is working at maximum efficiency even in regions with a high burden of biogenic hydrocarbons and low nitrogen oxide concentration. Since these processes do not involve nitrogen oxides, tropospheric ozone production is greatly reduced compared with the expectation from current theory.
Li X, Rohrer F, Hofzumahaus A, Brauers T, Haseler R, Bohn B, Broch S, Fuchs H, Gomm S, Holland F, et al. Missing Gas-Phase Source of HONO Inferred from Zeppelin Measurements in the Troposphere. ScienceScienceScience. 2014;344:292-296.Abstract
Gaseous nitrous acid (HONO) is an important precursor of tropospheric hydroxyl radicals (OH). OH is responsible for atmospheric self-cleansing and controls the concentrations of greenhouse gases like methane and ozone. Due to lack of measurements, vertical distributions of HONO and its sources in the troposphere remain unclear. Here, we present a set of observations of HONO and its budget made onboard a Zeppelin airship. In a sunlit layer separated from Earth's surface processes by temperature inversion, we found high HONO concentrations providing evidence for a strong gas-phase source of HONO consuming nitrogen oxides and potentially hydrogen oxide radicals. The observed properties of this production process suggest that the generally assumed impact of HONO on the abundance of OH in the troposphere is substantially overestimated.
Li XQ, Lu KD, Wei YJ, Tang XY. Technique Progress and Chemical Mechanism Research of Tropospheric Peroxy Radical in Field Measurement. Progress in ChemistryProgress in Chemistry. 2014;26:682-694.Abstract
Peroxy radical chemistry is the main component of tropospheric chemistry, which is critical for the understanding of essential tropospheric issues such as atmospheric cleansing capacity, photochemical ozone production and secondary organic aerosol formations. Field measurements of peroxy radical concentrations and related analysis with observation based model are the prominent steps to foster the current understanding of peroxy radical chemistry. This paper reviews the state of measurement techniques for peroxy radical, extensively revisits the previous field studies with direct measurements of peroxy radical, outlins the peroxy radical concentrations reported in previous field observations, summarizes the tests of photochemical mechanism with direct field measurement results and discusses the major scientific findings achieved so far. Finally, an outlook for the new directions in the study of atmospheric peroxy radical chemistry is proposed.
Dlugi R, Berger M, Zelger M, Hofzumahaus A, Rohrer F, Holland F, Lu K, Kramm G. The balances of mixing ratios and segregation intensity: a case study from the field (ECHO 2003). Atmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and PhysicsAtmospheric Chemistry and Physics. 2014;14:10333-10362.Abstract
An inhomogeneous mixing of reactants causes a reduction of their chemical removal compared to the homogeneously mixed case in turbulent atmospheric flows. This can be described by the intensity of segregation I-S being the covariance of the mixing ratios of two species divided by the product of their means. Both terms appear in the balance equation of the mixing ratio and are discussed for the reaction between isoprene and OH for data of the field study ECHO 2003 above a deciduous forest. For most of these data, I-S is negatively correlated with the fraction of mean OH mixing ratio reacting with isoprene. I-S is also negatively correlated with the isoprene standard deviation. Both findings agree with model results discussed by Patton et al. (2001) and others. The correlation coefficient between OH and isoprene and, therefore, I-S increases with increasing mean reaction rate. In addition, the balance equation of the covariance between isoprene and OH is applied as the theoretical framework for the analysis of the same field data. The storage term is small, and, therefore, a diagnostic equation for this covariance can be derived. The chemical reaction term R-ij is dominated by the variance of isoprene times the quotient of mixing ratios of OH and isoprene. Based on these findings a new diagnostic equation for I-S is formulated. Comparing different terms of this equation, I-S and R-ij show a relation also to the normalised isoprene standard deviation. It is shown that not only chemistry but also turbulent and convective mixing and advection - considered in a residual term - influence I-S. Despite this finding, a detection of the influence of coherent eddy transport above the forest according to Katul et al. (1997) on I-S fails, but a relation to the turbulent and advective transport of isoprene variance is determined. The largest values of I-S are found for most unstable conditions with increasing buoyant production, confirming qualitatively model predictions by Ouwersloot et al. (2011).
Han TT, Liu XG, Zhang YH, Qu Y, Gu JW, Ma Q, Lu KD, Tian HZ, Chen J, Zeng LM, et al. Characteristics of Aerosol Optical Properties and Their Chemical Apportionments during CAREBeijing 2006. Aerosol and Air Quality ResearchAerosol and Air Quality Research. 2014;14:1431-1442.Abstract
Field campaigns monitoring the aerosol optical properties and chemical components of PM10 were carried out in Beijing in 2006 summer. The average light extinction coefficient b(ext), dry aerosol scattering coefficient b(sp) and aerosol absorption coefficient b(ap) were 895.0 +/- 820.8 Mm(-1), 364.0 +/- 324.3 Mm(-1) and 57.8 +/- 31.1 Mm(-1), respectively. b(ext), b(sp) and b(ap) had the similar increasing trend during the formation process of haze. Pronounced diurnal cycles were observed for omega(550) (aerosol single scattering albedo at 550 nm), b(sp), b(ap) and b(ext). The dry b(sp) was elevated during the daytime with a maximum mean value of 475.8 Mm(-1) (LST 06:00). b(ext), PM2.5 mass concentration and PM2.5/PM10 ratio increased at night due to continuous emissions of pollutants to the lower nocturnal boundary layer, and decreased during the daytime due to convective mixing. b(ap) increased at night, and decreased during the daytime and reached the minimum (37 Mm(-1)) at LST 16:00. The single scattering albedo reached its maximum (0.87) at LST 11:00. This trend was consistent with the SNA (sulfate, nitrate, and ammonium)/PM10 ratio and was contrary to the BC (black carbon)/PM10 ratio, which demonstrated that secondary pollution largely influenced the scattering ability of aerosols. Ammonium sulfate, ammonium nitrate, organic mass, elemental carbon and coarse mass contributed 26.5%, 15.2%, 21.8%, 16.1% and 20.4% to the total extinction coefficient during clean days, and 44.6%, 22.3%, 13.6%, 10.8% and 8.7% during hazy days. The fractional contributions of ammonium sulfate and ammonium nitrate were significantly higher during the hazy time than those during the clean days. While the fractional contributions of organic mass, elemental carbon and coarse mass were lower during the haze time than those during the clean days.

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