Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted into the atmosphere through different sources or produced in-situ as reaction intermediates have a significant influence both, in local air quality and in the global atmosphere. The fate of the VOCs in the atmosphere is controlled by homogeneous and heterogeneous processes. Despite the recent increased interest of the atmospheric chemist community in the multiphase processes, the role of the atmospheric homogeneous gas phase chemistry remains central. A considerable body of data on the gas-phase oxidation of small chain VOCs have been reported so far. However, questions remain regarding degradation pathways for loss of number of species (such as higher molecular weight and polyfunctional VOCs) and their atmospheric impact.
The session will deal with the gas phase processes controlling the fate of VOCs in the atmosphere.
Preliminary List of Solicited Speakers
Ian Barnes (University of Wuppertal-Germany)
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