Simultaneous spectroscopic detection of adsorbed and gas-phase species during atmospherically relevant heterogeneous reactions

Robert M. Sayer, Andrew B. Horn

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    Abstract

    The application of a recently developed ATR-IR flow cell coupled with an FTIR gas phase detection system to simultaneously monitor the gas-phase and surface composition during the well-known reaction of nitrogen oxide gases NO2 and N2O5 with NaCl powder is reported. Infrared absorption band assignments for the major products are presented for species in the gas and solid phase, and correlations between the appearance of gas phase and surface species are used to follow the reactions qualitatively in real time. The reaction of NO2 with NaCI produces the expected surface NO3- and gaseous ClNO products, but is also observed to produce in a minor reaction channel a second surface nitrate species correlated with surface water loss as a result of heterogeneous hydrolysis. The reaction of N2O5 similarly produces ClNO2 in the gas phase and a surface nitrate in one reaction channel, with simultaneous production of a significant amount of gas-phase HNO3 in a second heterogeneous hydrolysis reaction channel. These observations confirm the usefullness of the combined surface and gas phase analytical methodology in following the mechanistic and kinetic detail of atmospherically relevant reactions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5229-5235
    Number of pages6
    JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
    Volume5
    Issue number23
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2003

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