Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar
Measurements of Positive Ambient Ions as Part of HISCALE II Field Campaign by Aroob Abdelhamid, CU Boulder, ANYL 1st year
"Atmospheric ions control the electrical properties of the atmosphere, influence chemical composition via ion-molecule and/or ion-catalyzed reactions, and affect new particle formation. Understanding the role of ions in these processes requires knowledge of ionic chemical composition. Due to the low concentration of ions, chemical composition measurements have historically been challenging. Recent advances in mass spectrometry, such as the atmospheric pressure interface time-of- flight mass spectrometer (APi-TOF), are now making these measurements more feasible. Here, we present measurements of ambient cations during the HISCALE II field campaign (August- September 2016) in Lamont, OK. We discuss how the chemical composition of cations varies over the course of the campaign including before, during, and after new particle formation events. We specifically focus on the composition of organic nitrogen ions due to the potential importance of these compounds in atmospheric nucleation. We compare our results to measurements of neutral organic nitrogen compounds in order to gain insight into how organic nitrogen is chemically transformed in the atmosphere and how this influences new particle formation"