Impact of the quasi-liquid layer on the surface of ice on relevant atmospheric chemical processes: Adsorption and photochemistry of PAHs at the air-ice interfaces

Ivan Gladich, Dana Nachtigallova, Martina Roeselova

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A disordered quasi-liquid layer (QLL) exists on ice surfaces and its thickness increases with temperature and ionic solute concentration. The ice-QLL is a specific environment where many important atmospheric chemical processes occur. In particular, PAHs are known to undergo heterogeneous photochemical reactions in the polar boundary layer and in the snowpack. Different studies suggest that the photochemistry on ice can be distinctly different from bulk water or the air-water interface. The unique solute-solute and solute-solvent interactions in the QLL can be detected in the photoemission/absorption spectra. Using a combined molecular dynamics/ab-initio computational approach, we study adsorption of several PAHs (naphthalene, methylnaphthalene and dibenzyl keton) onto ice surface and their structural organization and dynamics in the ice-QLL. In addition, we investigate the effect of the QLL environment on the absorption and emission spectra of these PAH species. These results will help to improve our understanding of the tropospheric chemical processes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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Photochemical reactions
Ice
Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons
Adsorption
Liquids
Air
Water
Photoemission
Naphthalene
Molecular dynamics
Absorption spectra
Boundary layers
Temperature

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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