Ubiquity of organic nitrates from nighttime chemistry in the European submicron aerosol

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In the atmosphere nighttime removal of volatile organic compounds is initiated to a large extent by reaction with the nitrate radical (NO3) forming organic nitrates which partition between gas and particulate phase. Here we show based on particle phase measurements performed at a suburban site in the Netherlands that organic nitrates contribute substantially to particulate nitrate and organic mass. Comparisons with a chemistry transport model indicate that most of the measured particulate organic nitrates are formed by NO3 oxidation. Using aerosol composition data from three intensive observation periods at numerous measurement sites across Europe, we conclude that organic nitrates are a considerable fraction of fine particulate matter (PM1) at the continental scale. Organic nitrates represent 34% to 44% of measured submicron aerosol nitrate and are found at all urban and rural sites, implying a substantial potential of PM reduction by NOx emission control.


  • A. Kiendler-Scharr
  • A. A. Mensah
  • E. Friese
  • D. Topping
  • E. Nemitz
  • A. S H Prevot
  • M. Äijälä
  • J. Allan
  • F. Canonaco
  • M. Canagaratna
  • S. Carbone
  • M. Crippa
  • M. Dall Osto
  • D. A. Day
  • P. De Carlo
  • C. F. Di Marco
  • H. Elbern
  • E. Freney
  • L. Hao
  • H. Herrmann
  • L. Hildebrandt
  • R. Hillamo
  • J. L. Jimenez
  • A. Laaksonen
  • G. McFiggans
  • C. Mohr
  • C. O'Dowd
  • R. Otjes
  • J. Ovadnevaite
  • S. N. Pandis
  • L. Poulain
  • P. Schlag
  • K. Sellegri
  • P. Tiitta
  • A. Wahner
  • D. Worsnop
  • H. C. Wu
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • ETH Zürich
  • University of Cologne
  • Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
  • National University of Ireland Galway
  • Blaise Pascal University
  • Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research
  • Jülich Research Centre
  • University of Manchester
  • Paul Scherrer Institute
  • University of Helsinki
  • Aerodyne Research Inc.
  • Finnish Meteorological Institute
  • University of Colorado
  • University of Eastern Finland
  • University of Texas
  • Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands
  • University of Patras

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Meteorologi och atmosfärforskning


Sidor (från-till)7735-7744
Antal sidor10
TidskriftGeophysical Research Letters
Utgåva nummer14
StatusPublished - 2016 jul 28
Peer review utfördJa