Atmospheric Chemistry – “Detergent of the atmosphere”

Dr Katja Riedel and Dr Keith Lassey Explain how OH, the hydroxyl radical, works to cleanse the atmosphere of harmful trace gases. What happens to the millions of tonnes of gases that nature and humankind lob into the atmosphere every year? Fortunately, their rate of accumulation is countered by the atmosphere’s ability to cleanse itself…

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Decomposition of Volatile Organic Compounds by Atmospheric Hydroxyl Free Radicals: Understanding the “Cascade” Effect

By HGI Industries Incorporated Although it may be difficult to visualize how hydroxyl radicals can totally decompose volatile organic compounds (VOCs) throughout the treatment space, it is a process that is very well understood and documented in over 25 years of chemical literature. (1‐5) The decomposition of volatile organic and inorganic compounds by hydroxyl radicals…

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