MOLECULAR DYNAMICS SIMULATION OF DICARBOXYLIC ACID COATED AQUEOUS AEROSOL: STRUCTURE AND PROCESSING OF WATER VAPOR
Zachariah, Michael R
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Low molecular weight dicarboxylic acids constitute a significant fraction of water-soluble organic aerosols in the atmosphere. They have a potential contribution to the formation of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and are involved in a series of chemical reactions occurring in atmosphere. In this work, molecular dynamics simulation method was used to probe the structure and the interfacial properties of the dicarboxylic acid coated aqueous aerosol. Low molecular weight dicarboxylic acids of various chain lengths and water solubility were chosen to coat a water droplet consisting of 2440 water molecules. For malonic acid coated aerosol, the surface acid molecules dissolved into the water core and form an ordered structure due to the hydrophobic interactions. For other nanoaerosols coated with low solubility acids, phase separation between water and acid molecules was observed. To study the water processing of the coated aerosols, the water vapor accommodation factors were calculated.