Title An aerosol chamber investigation of the heterogeneous ice nucleating potential of refractory nanoparticles
Author Saunders, R.W.; Möhler, O.; Schnaiter, M.; Benz, S.; Wagner, R.; Saathoff, H.; Connolly, P.J.; Burgess, R.; Murray, B.J.; Gallagher, M.; Wills, R.; Plane, J.M.C.
Author Affil Saunders, R.W., University of Leeds, School of Chemistry, Leeds, United Kingdom. Other: Karlsruher Institut für Technologie, Germany; University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Source Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 10(3), p.1227-1247, . Publisher: Copernicus, Katlenburg-Lindau, International. ISSN: 1680- 7316
Publication Date 2010
Notes In English. Published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions: 2 November 2009, http://www.atmos-chem-phys- discuss.net/9/23271/2009/acpd-9-23271- 2009.html ; accessed in May, 2011. 77 refs. GeoRef Acc. No: 310102
Index Terms aerosols; clouds (meteorology); crystals; ice; ice crystals; liquid phases; nucleation; particles; supersaturation; temperature; water vapor; amorphous materials; atmosphere; cloud parcel bin model; clouds; deposition; heterogeneity; iron oxides; liquid phase; low temperature; magnesium oxides; nanoparticles; oxides; photochemistry; quantitative analysis; refractory materials; silicon oxide; troposphere
Abstract Nanoparticles of iron oxide (crystalline and amorphous), silicon oxide and magnesium oxide were investigated for their propensity to nucleate ice over the temperature range 180-250 K, using the AIDA chamber in Karlsruhe, Germany. All samples were observed to initiate ice formation via the deposition mode at threshold ice super- saturations (RHithresh) ranging from 105% to 140% for temperatures below 220 K. Approximately 10% of amorphous Fe2O3 particles (modal diameter=30 nm) generated in situ from a photochemical aerosol reactor, led to ice nucleation at RHithresh=140% at an initial chamber temperature of 182 K. Quantitative analysis using a singular hypothesis treatment provided a fitted function [ns(190 K)=10(3.33×sice)+8.16] for the variation in ice-active surface site density (ns:m-2) with ice saturation (sice) for Fe2O3 nanoparticles. This was implemented in an aerosol-cloud model to determine a predicted deposition (mass accommodation) coefficient for water vapour on ice of 0.1 at temperatures appropriate for the upper atmosphere. Classical nucleation theory was used to determine representative contact angles (#2V) for the different particle compositions. For the in situ generated Fe2O3 particles, a slight inverse temperature dependence was observed with #2V=10.5° at 182 K, decreasing to 9.0° at 200 K (compared with 10.2° and 11.4° respectively for the SiO2 and MgO particle samples at the higher temperature). These observations indicate that such refractory nanoparticles are relatively efficient materials for the nucleation of ice under the conditions studied in the chamber which correspond to cirrus cloud formation in the upper troposphere. The results also show that Fe2O3 particles do not act as ice nuclei under conditions pertinent for tropospheric mixed phase clouds, which necessarily form above ~233 K. At the lower temperatures (‹150 K) where noctilucent clouds form during summer months in the high latitude mesosphere, higher contact angles would be expected, which may reduce the effectiveness of these particles as ice nuclei in this part of the atmosphere.
URL http://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/10/1227/2010/acp-10-1227-2010.pdf
Publication Type journal article
Record ID 65006751