Articles | Volume 15, issue 12
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3859–3874, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3859-2022
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 15, 3859–3874, 2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-15-3859-2022
Research article
29 Jun 2022
Research article | 29 Jun 2022

Substantial organic impurities at the surface of synthetic ammonium sulfate particles

Junteng Wu et al.

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This work quantified and tentatively identified the organic impurities on ammonium sulfate aerosols generated in the laboratory. They are likely low volatile and high mass molecules containing oxygen, nitrogen, and/or sulfur. Our results show that these organic impurities likely originate from the commercial AS crystals. It is recommended to use AS seeds with caution, especially when small particles are used, in terms of AS purity and water purity when aqueous solutions are used for atomization.