Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Skip to content

Trends in the oxidation and relative volatility of chamber-generated secondary organic aerosol

Metadata Updated: November 12, 2020

The relationship between the oxidation state and relative volatility of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) from the oxidation of a wide range of hydrocarbons is investigated using a fast-stepping, scanning thermodenuder interfaced with a high resolution time-of-flight aerosol mass spectrometer (AMS). SOA oxidation state varied widely across the investigated range of parent hydrocarbons but was relatively stable for replicate experiments using a single hydrocarbon precursor. On average, unit mass resolution indicators of SOA oxidation (e.g., AMS f43 and f44) are consistent with previously reported values. Linear regression of H:C vs O:C obtained from parameterization of f43 and f44 and elemental analysis of high resolution spectra in Van Krevelen space both yield a slope of ~0.5 across different SOA types. A similar slope was obtained for a distinct subset of toluene/NOx reactions in which the integrated oxidant exposure was varied to alter oxidation. The relative volatility of different SOA types displays similar variability and is strongly correlated with SOA oxidation state (OSC). On average, relatively low oxidation and volatility were observed for aliphatic alkene (including terpenes) and n-alkane SOA while the opposite is true for mono- and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon SOA. Effective enthalpy for total chamber aerosol obtained from volatility differential mobility analysis is also highly correlated with OSC indicating a primary role for oxidation levels in determining the volatility of chamber SOA. Effective enthalpies for chamber SOA are substantially lower than those of neat organic standards but are on the order of those obtained for partially oligomerized glyoxal and methyl glyoxal.

This dataset is associated with the following publication: Docherty, K., E. Corse, M. Jaoui, J. Offenberg, T. Kleindienst, J. Krug, T. Riedel, and M. Lewandowski. Trends in the oxidation and relative volatility of chamber-generated secondary organic aerosol. AEROSOL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. Taylor & Francis, Inc., Philadelphia, PA, USA, 52(9): 992-1004, (2018).

Access & Use Information

Public: This dataset is intended for public access and use. License: See this page for license information.

Downloads & Resources



Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020

Metadata Source

Harvested from EPA ScienceHub

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Created Date November 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date November 12, 2020
Publisher U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD)
Data Last Modified 2018-06-05
Public Access Level public
Bureau Code 020:00
Schema Version
Harvest Object Id 0c84e57c-f979-4080-87ca-7671ef291ead
Harvest Source Id 04b59eaf-ae53-4066-93db-80f2ed0df446
Harvest Source Title EPA ScienceHub
Program Code 020:094
Publisher Hierarchy U.S. Government > U.S. Environmental Protection Agency > U.S. EPA Office of Research and Development (ORD)
Related Documents
Source Datajson Identifier True
Source Hash 007e637ba7ee3de9dc68ab24f324ab9217a229e4
Source Schema Version 1.1

Didn't find what you're looking for? Suggest a dataset here.