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Light induced multiphase chemistry of gas-phase ozone on aqueous pyruvic and oxalic acids

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In this study for the first time it has been shown that pyruvic acid can affect the atmospheric multiphase reactions of ozone with oxalic acid due to its properties as a photosensitizer. To this end, the photochemical batch multiphase reactions of a mixture of pyruvic acid/oxalic acid (PA/OA) and gas-phase ozone under simulated sunlight were studied as a function of time using high pressure liquid chromatography equipped with a UV detector (HPLC-UV) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) to investigate product formation. Following the simultaneous ozone and light irradiation the first peak for pyruvic and oxalic acids (retention time = 3.68 min) decreased to 67% of the initial intensity after a 12 h reaction while a broad and not well defined peak appeared at longer retention times. After prolonged exposure times this broad peak shifted to shorter retention times: from 14 min at 2 h reaction to 8 min at 12 h. The HPLC-UV analysis of the reaction mixture simultaneously exposed to ozone and irradiated by simulated sunlight for 6–12 h revealed the presence of high weight molecular mass products and formation at longer times of highly non-polar products. The results obtained from ESI-MS have clearly demonstrated that the distribution of high molecular weight products is consistent with an oligomer system. No evidence of oligomer formation was found after the sample (PA/OA) was exposed only to either ozone or irradiated with UV/Vis light using the same instrumental conditions.

Graphical abstract: Light induced multiphase chemistry of gas-phase ozone on aqueous pyruvic and oxalic acids

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The article was received on 16 Jul 2009, accepted on 23 Oct 2009 and first published on 20 Nov 2009


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B914377G
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 698-707

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    Light induced multiphase chemistry of gas-phase ozone on aqueous pyruvic and oxalic acids

    I. Grgić, L. I. Nieto-Gligorovski, S. Net, B. Temime-Roussel, S. Gligorovski and H. Wortham, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 698
    DOI: 10.1039/B914377G

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