We present measurements utilizing the Filter Inlet for Gases and Aerosols (FIGAERO) applied to chamber measurements of isoprene-derived epoxydiol (IEPOX) reactive uptake to aqueous acidic particles and associated SOA formation. Similar to recent field observations with the same instrument, we detect two molecular components desorbing from the IEPOX SOA in high abundance: C5H12O4 and C5H10O3. The thermal desorption signal of the former, presumably 2-methyltetrols, exhibits two distinct maxima, suggesting it arises from at least two different SOA components with significantly different effective volatilities. Isothermal evaporation experiments illustrate that the most abundant component giving rise to C5H12O4 is semi-volatile, undergoing nearly complete evaporation within 1 hour, while the second, less volatile, component remains unperturbed and even increases in abundance. We thus confirm, using controlled laboratory studies, recent analyses of ambient SOA measurements showing that IEPOX SOA is of very low volatility and commonly measured IEPOX SOA tracers, such as 2-methyltetrols and C5-alkene triols, result predominantly from artifacts of measurement techniques associated with thermal decomposition and/or hydrolysis. We further show that IEPOX SOA volatility continues to evolve via acidity enhanced accretion chemistry on the timescale of hours, potentially involving both 2-methyltetrols and organosulfates.
Chamber-based insights into the factors controlling epoxydiol (IEPOX) secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield, composition, and
D'Ambro E., S. Schobesberger, C.J. Gaston, F.D. Lopez-Hilfiker, B.H. Lee, J. Liu, and A. Zelenyuk-Imre, et al. 2019. "Chamber-based insights into the factors controlling epoxydiol (IEPOX) secondary organic aerosol (SOA) yield, composition, and volatility." <i>Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics</i> 19, no. 17:11253-11265. PNNL-SA-142721. doi:10.5194/acp-19-11253-2019