PTFE-Chambers for Experiments with BVOC and Ozone

Examples of chamber configurations (c) Timkovsky et al. (2014)
Examples of chamber configurations (c) Timkovsky et al. (2014)

NEW 2018 - Urban air pollution is typically characterized by high concentrations of ozone. This ozone is produced by well-understood reactions between (biogenic) volatile organic compounds (B/VOCs) and hydroxyl radicals (OH) in the presence of nitrogen oxides (NOx). Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are reactive substances in the atmosphere which have a strong impact on atmospheric chemistry. Biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emissions constitute approximately 90% of global VOC emissions.

Environmental chambers to study interactions between Ozone, BVOC emissions and pollution were designed together with the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences for the project UOZONE. All mounting and side parts in contact with the air inside the 40 l plant/reaction chamber are made from Teflon (PTFE). Pictures will follow as soon as the first model has been tested!

Selected reADING ON cHAMBERS USED FOR sTUDIES ON vOCS, BVOCS AND oZONE

  • Lüpke, M., R. Steinbrecher, M. Leuchner, and A. Menzel. 2017. The Tree Drought Emission MONitor (Tree DEMON), an innovative system for assessing biogenic volatile organic compounds emission from plants. Plant Methods 13:14.
  • Tanaka, P. L., D. T. Allen, and C. B. Mullins. 2003. An environmental chamber investigation of chlorine‐enhanced ozone formation in Houston, Texas. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres 108.
  • Timkovsky, J., P. Gankema, R. Pierik, and R. Holzinger. 2014. A plant chamber system with downstream reaction chamber to study the effects of pollution on biogenic emissions. Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts 16:2301-2312.
  • Zhang, X., R. Schwantes, R. McVay, H. Lignell, M. Coggon, R. Flagan, and J. Seinfeld. 2015. Vapor wall deposition in Teflon chambers. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 15:4197-4214.