Analysis of secondary organic aerosol formation and aging using positive matrix factorization of high-resolution aerosol mass spectra: application to the dodecane low-NO<sub>x</sub> system Journal Article uri icon



  • Abstract. Positive matrix factorization (PMF) of high-resolution laboratory aerosol mass spectra is applied for the first time, the results of which are consistent with molecular level MOVI-HRToF-CIMS aerosol-phase and CIMS gas-phase measurements. Secondary organic aerosol was generated by photooxidation of dodecane under low-NOx conditions in the Caltech environmental chamber. The PMF results exhibit three factors representing a combination of gas-particle partitioning, chemical conversion in the aerosol, and wall deposition. The slope of the measured high-resolution aerosol mass spectrometer (HR-ToF-AMS) composition data on a Van Krevelen diagram is consistent with that of other low-NOx alkane systems in the same O:C range. Elemental analysis of the PMF factor mass spectral profiles elucidates the combinations of functionality that contribute to the slope on the Van Krevelen diagram.;

publication date

  • July 6, 2012

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  • January 29, 2015 11:42 AM

Full Author List

  • Craven JS; Yee LD; Ng NL; Canagaratna MR; Loza CL; Schilling KA; Yatavelli RLN; Thornton JA; Ziemann PJ; Flagan RC

author count

  • 11

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