Probing the Equilibrium Size and Hydrogen Bonding Structure in Aqueous Aerosol Droplets

Lennart Treuel, Jason R. Butler, Graham Hargreaves, Jonathan P. Reid

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Comparative measurements on two or more optically trapped aerosol droplets can allow the hygroscopic properties of aerosol to be investigated in exquisite detail In this paper we consider two methods for assessing the dependence on relative humidity of the water activity and solute concentration in the condensed phase We demonstrate in this paper that using a control droplet as a microprobe of relative humidity in the vicinity of a second droplet of interest can allow the RH to be determined with an accuracy of between 0 01 to 0 1 % Not only is such a probe highly responsive but the accuracy of the RH determination improves with increase in GF or RH counter to the performance of macroscopic RH probes We also demonstrate that spontaneous Raman scattering recorded from excitation of the OH stretching vibration in supersaturated solution droplets of sodium chloride shows the considerable perturbation induced by the chloride ion on the hydrogen bonding network Chloride is recognised as a hydrogen bonding structure breaker and these observations are shown to be consistent with measurements on more dilute solutions

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1185-1204
Number of pages20
JournalZeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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