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.
|Qualification||Doctor of Philosophy|
|Award date||8 Jan 2018|
|Publication status||Unpublished - 2018|