Iron photochemistry of aqueous suspensions of ambient aerosol with added organic acids

Ronald L. Siefert, Simo O. Pehkonen, Yigal Erel, Michael R. Hoffmann*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

83 Scopus citations


Experiments to simulate cloudwater conditions were carried out by using ambient aerosol samples suspended in an aqueous solution. Electron donors known to exist in atmospheric cloudwater (oxalate, formate, or acetate) were then added to the simulated cloudwater, and the solution irradiated with ultraviolet light while important species were measured (i.e., H2O2, Fetotal, Fe(II)aq, and pH). A total of four different ambient aerosol samples were used in the simulated cloudwater experiments; they were collected from 1. (1) Whiteface Mountain, NY, 2. (2) Pasadena, CA, and (1) Sequoia National Park, CA. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) photoproduction was observed in the simulated cloudwater experiments with added oxalate. Fe(II)aq photoproduction was observed in the simulated cloudwater experiments with and without added acetate or added formate using ambient aerosol collected simultaneously with the ambient aerosol used in the added oxalate experiments. The production of Fe(II)aq showed that Fe from the ambient aerosol was available for photochemical redox reactions. In all cases, the production rates for Fe(II)aq and H2O2 in the light were greater than production rates in nonirradiated control experiments. The simulated cloudwater experiments (with four different aerosol samples) showed similar behavior to previous experiments carried out with synthetic Fe-oxyhydroxy polymorphs in the presence of oxalate, formate, or acetate. The Fe present in the ambient aerosol appears to be a critical component for the production of H2O2 in the simulated cloudwater experiments.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)3271-3279
Number of pages9
JournalGeochimica et Cosmochimica Acta
Issue number15
StatePublished - Aug 1994

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgments-Wet hank the staff of ASRC at Whiteface Mountain,e speciallyA nne Fostera nd RichardM acDonalda, ndalso thes taffa t SequoiaN ationalP ark,e speciallyD ianeE we1a1n dAnnie Esperanzaf,o r their help. We also thankP rofessorA ndy Friedland at DartmouthC ollegeW. e alsot hankP rofessoJr. Morganf or helpful discussionsa, nd Mike Wong for his help in the laboratoryW. e also thankt he reviewersfo r their contributionsto the paper.S upportf or thisr esearchh asb eenp rovidedb y a grantf rom theN ationalS cience FoundationD, ivisiono f AtmosphericS ciencesA, tmosphericC hem-istryS ection( ATM 901 5775A; TM 9303024T).h is researchw asa lso sponsoredb y the US Departmenot f Energy,O ffice of EnergyR e-searchE, nvironmen~lS ciencesD ivision, Officeo f Healtha nd En-vironmentaRl esearchu, ndera ppointmentto the GraduateF ellow-ships for Global Changea dministeredb y Oak Ridge Institutef or Sciencea nd Education.


Dive into the research topics of 'Iron photochemistry of aqueous suspensions of ambient aerosol with added organic acids'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this