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Gas-phase radical chemistry in the troposphere

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Atmospheric free radicals are low concentration, relatively fast reacting species whose influence is felt throughout the atmosphere. Reactive radicals have a key role in maintaining a balanced atmospheric composition through their central function in controlling the oxidative capacity of the atmosphere. In this tutorial review, the chemistry of three main groups of atmospheric radicals HOx, NOx and XOx (X = Cl, Br, I) are examined in terms of their sources, interconversions and sinks. Key examples of the chemistry are given for each group of radicals in their atmospheric context.

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22 Nov 2004
First published
28 Feb 2005

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005,34, 376-395
Article type
Tutorial Review

Gas-phase radical chemistry in the troposphere

P. S. Monks, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2005, 34, 376
DOI: 10.1039/B307982C

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