Investigation into the atmospheric degradation of alpha-phellandrene: A computational, experimental and modelling study.

Felix Alexander Mackenzie-Rae

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

Monoterpenes (C10H16) account for a significant fraction of nonmethane hydrocarbons emitted into the atmosphere, playing an important role in tropospheric chemistry with impacts on both climate and human health. In this thesis the tropospheric decomposition of one of the most reactive monoterpenes, a-phellandrene, which is primarily emitted by eucalypts, is examined in detail for the first time. Characterisation is achieved through the use of high-level computational chemistry, 24 smog chamber experiments (ozonalysis, NO2, photooxidation), and explicit chemical mechanism construction and evaluation against the experimental dataset. The multifaceted approach thus provides the first comprehensive description of the tropospheric degradation of a-phellendrene.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Saunders, Sandra Maria, Supervisor
  • McKinley, Allan, Supervisor
  • Wang, Xinming, Supervisor, External person
Thesis sponsors
Award date8 Jan 2018
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2018

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