Even-Odd Alternation of Evaporation Rates and Vapor Pressures of C3-C9 Dicarboxylic Acid Aerosols

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Aliphatic straight-chain dicarboxylic acids have been identified as common water-soluble organic components of atmospheric aerosols. To model the partitioning of such compounds between gas and particle phase in the atmosphere, information about their vapor pressures is essential. In this work, vapor pressures of C3-C9 dicarboxylic acids are derived from measured evaporation rates of submicron aerosols over the temperature range of 290- 314 K using the tandem differential mobility analyzer technique.Vapor pressures of C3-C9 dicarboxylic acids are shown to alternate strongly with the parity of the number of carbon atoms. Higher vapor pressures of the odd acids fit the less stable crystal structure, the propensity of polymorphism in the odd acids, and the evolution of melting temperatures. Results are compared with available literature data.


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  • University of Copenhagen
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  • Subatomic Physics
  • Physical Geography
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1371-1378
JournalEnvironmental Science & Technology
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Dept of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science (011010000), Nuclear Physics (Faculty of Technology) (011013007)