Uptake selectivity of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) on fine particles over polynya regions of the Ross Sea, Antarctica

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Yan , J , Jung , J , Zhang , M , Bianchi , F , Tham , Y J , Xu , S , Lin , Q , Zhao , S , Li , L & Chen , L 2020 , ' Uptake selectivity of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) on fine particles over polynya regions of the Ross Sea, Antarctica ' , Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics , vol. 20 , no. 5 , pp. 3259-3271 . https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-20-3259-2020

Title: Uptake selectivity of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) on fine particles over polynya regions of the Ross Sea, Antarctica
Author: Yan, Jinpei; Jung, Jinyoung; Zhang, Miming; Bianchi, Federico; Tham, Yee Jun; Xu, Suqing; Lin, Qi; Zhao, Shuhui; Li, Lei; Chen, Liqi
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (INAR)
University of Helsinki, INAR Physics
Date: 2020-03-18
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
ISSN: 1680-7316
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/315708
Abstract: The uptake of methanesulfonic acid (MSA) on existing particles is a major route of the particulate MSA formation, however, MSA uptake on different particles is still lacking in knowledge. Characteristics of MSA uptake on different aerosol particles were investigated in polynya (an area of open sea water surrounded by ice) regions of the Ross Sea, Antarctica. Particulate MSA mass concentrations, as well as aerosol population and size distribution, were observed simultaneously for the first time to access the uptake of MSA on different particles. The results show that MSA mass concentration does not always reflect MSA particle population in the marine atmosphere. MSA uptake on aerosol particle increases the particle size and changes aerosol chemical composition, but it does not increase the particle population. The uptake rate of MSA on particles is significantly influenced by aerosol chemical properties. Sea salt particles are beneficial for MSA uptake, as MSA-Na and MSA-Mg particles are abundant in the Na and Mg particles, accounting for 0.43 +/- 0.21 and 0.41 +/- 0.20 of the total Na and Mg particles, respectively. However, acidic and hydrophobic particles suppress the uptake of MSA, as MSA-EC (elemental carbon) and MSA-SO42- particles account for only 0.24 +/- 0.68 and 0.26 +/- 0.47 of the total EC and SO42- particles, respectively. The results extend the knowledge of the formation and environmental behavior of MSA in the marine atmosphere.
Subject: 114 Physical sciences
CLOUD CONDENSATION NUCLEI
SOLUBLE INORGANIC-IONS
METHANE SULFONIC-ACID
SALT SULFATE
ICE BIOGEOCHEMISTRY
MASS-SPECTROMETRY
AEROSOL-PARTICLES
SIZE DISTRIBUTION
DIMETHYL SULFIDE
BOUNDARY-LAYER
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