Unique products from the reaction of naphthalene with the hydroxyl radical

Ji Yi Lee, Douglas A. Lane

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Many of the products of the reaction of naphthalene (Naph) with the OH radical in a reaction chamber were identified. Previously unidentified products included 1,2-naphthoquinone (NQ), oxygenated indenes and benzopyrones. Possible pathways for the formation of 1,2-NQ and 1,4-NQ are proposed. In the chamber reactions, more 1,2-NQ than 1,4-NQ partitioned to the particle phase. From this result we infer that, in the atmosphere, the percentage of 1,2-NQ in the particle phase should be greater than that for the 1,4-NQ. Because both of these compounds are considered to be toxic, and since they appear in both the gas and particle phases in the reaction chamber, and by implication in the atmosphere, it is considered important that both the gas and particle phases of these two compounds should be measured to assess their impact on human health. Crown

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4886-4893
Number of pages8
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Issue number32
StatePublished - Oct 2009

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Funding Information:
The research reported herein was internally funded by Environment Canada.


  • 1,2-Naphthoquinone
  • 1,4-Naphthoquinone
  • Gas to particle partitioning
  • Naphthalene
  • OH radical reaction
  • Secondary organic aerosol (SOA)


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