Atmospheric Chemistry Program Seminar
Multiphase chemistry of volatile-organic-compound oxidation products under pre-industrial conditions by Prof Frank Keutsch, Harvard
"Oxidation of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) is an important atmospheric process tied to the formation of secondary pollutants such as ozone and secondary aerosol. Research in the Keutsch Group has been focusing on VOC oxidation chemistry under preindustrial conditions, which primarily produces organic hydroperoxides. I will discuss recent results on the multi- phase chemistry of some of the most abundant multifunctional organic hydroperoxides, which result from isoprene oxidation. The results have implications for our understanding of gas- and aerosol aspects of the reactive carbon cycle as well as sulfate formation via cloud processing."