A Kinetic Model for Predicting Trace Gas Uptake and Reaction

05 May 2022, Version 1
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A model is developed to describe trace gas uptake and reaction with applications to aerosols and microdroplets. Gas uptake by the liquid is formulated as a coupled equilibria that links gas, surface and bulk regions of the droplet or solution. Previously, this framework was used in explicit stochastic reaction-diffusion simulations to predict the reactive uptake kinetics of ozone with droplets containing aqueous aconitic acid, maleic acid and sodium nitrite. Using prior data and simulation results, a new equation for the uptake coefficient is derived, which accounts for both surface and bulk reactions. Lambert W functions are used to obtain closed form solutions to the integrated rate laws for the multiphase kinetics; similar to previous expressions that describe Michaelis–Menten enzyme kinetics. Together these equations couple interface and bulk processes over a wide range of conditions and don’t require many of the limiting assumptions needed to apply resistor model formulations to explain trace gas uptake and reaction.


Multiphase Kinetics
Heterogeneous Chemistry
Uptake coefficient
Aqueous Chemistry
Kinetic Modeling
Single Droplet Levitation

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