Evaluation of OH and HO 2 concentrations and their budgets during photooxidation of 2-methyl-3-butene-2-ol (MBO) in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR

Novelli, Anna; Kaminski, Martin; Rolletter, Michael; Acir, Ismail-Hakki; Bohn, Birger; Dorn, Hans-Peter; Li, Xin; Lutz, Anna; Nehr, Sascha; Rohrer, Franz; Tillmann, Ralf; Wegener, Robert; Holland, Frank; Hofzumahaus, Andreas; Kiendler-Scharr, Astrid; Wahner, Andreas; Fuchs, Hendrik

Several previous field studies have reported unexpectedly large concentrations of hydroxyl and hydroperoxyl radicals (OH and inline-formulaHO2, respectively) in forested environments that could not be explained by the traditional oxidation mechanisms that largely underestimated the observations. These environments were characterized by large concentrations of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOC) and low nitrogen oxide concentration. In isoprene-dominated environments, models developed to simulate atmospheric photochemistry generally underestimated the observed OH radical concentrations. In contrast, inline-formulaHO2 radical concentration showed large discrepancies with model simulations mainly in non-isoprene-dominated forested environments. An abundant BVOC emitted by lodgepole and ponderosa pines is 2-methyl-3-butene-2-ol (MBO), observed in large concentrations for studies where the inline-formulaHO2 concentration was poorly described by model simulations. In this work, the photooxidation of MBO by OH was investigated for NO concentrations lower than 200 pptv in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR at Forschungszentrum Jülich. Measurements of OH and inline-formulaHO2 radicals, OH reactivity (inline-formulakOH), MBO, OH precursors, and organic products (acetone and formaldehyde) were used to test our current understanding of the OH-oxidation mechanisms for MBO by comparing measurements with model calculations. All the measured trace gases agreed well with the model results (within 15 %) indicating a well understood mechanism for the MBO oxidation by OH. Therefore, the oxidation of MBO cannot contribute to reconciling the unexplained high OH and inline-formulaHO2 radical concentrations found in previous field studies.

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Novelli, Anna / Kaminski, Martin / Rolletter, Michael / et al: Evaluation of OH and HO2 concentrations and their budgets during photooxidation of 2-methyl-3-butene-2-ol (MBO) in the atmospheric simulation chamber SAPHIR. 2018. Copernicus Publications.

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