Special Issue "Atmospheric Surfactants and Humic-like Substances"
A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2013)
Prof. Dr. Peter Brimblecombe
School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, UK
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Interests: chemistry of atmospheric aerosols; chemistry of organic acids and metal-organic complexes in the atmosphere; damage to indoor and outdoor materials by air pollutants and climate change; sources of dust and soiling in museums; history of air pollution; effect of air pollution on art, architecture and design
Dr. Mohd Talib Latif
Over the last two decades awareness has grown of potential roles for surfactants, long chain carboxylic acids and humic-like substances in the atmospheric aerosol. Surfactants in the atmosphere can arise from the sea-surface microlayer, be associated with biomass burning or other combustion processes, which can produce humic-like substances (HULIS). Large humic-like substance molecules can act as surface active components, alter surface tension, increase the solubility of organic substances, slow the evaporation of water from aerosols, and have the potential to alter droplet size. They could affect climate by producing more cloud droplets and therefore a higher albedo. Humic-like substances and surfactants in the atmosphere are relevant to global and regional atmospheric chemistry and have implication for developing environmental policies.
We are planning a special issue devoted to papers, which will provide in-depth reviews of physical and chemical characteristics and formation of atmospheric surfactants and humic-like. We would be interested in critical reviews of their possible anthropogenic and natural sources, characteristics and contribution to cloud formation and solubility as well as the impact of surfactants on the climate change and human health as part of this special issue. We hope that this issue in Atmosphere will serve as the compendium of the current state of understanding and
be of value to specialist workshops on this topic.
Prof. Dr. Peter Brimblecombe
Dr. Mohd Talib Abd Latif
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- humic like substances
- atmospheric aerosol
- water soluble organic matter