Determination of the collision rate coefficient between charged iodic acid clusters and iodic acid using the appearance time method

Xu Cheng He, Siddharth Iyer, Mikko Sipilä, Arttu Ylisirniö, Maija Peltola, Jenni Kontkanen, Rima Baalbaki, Mario Simon, Andreas Kürten, Yee Jun Tham, Janne Pesonen, Lauri R. Ahonen, Stavros Amanatidis, Antonio Amorim, Andrea Baccarini, Lisa Beck, Federico Bianchi, Sophia Brilke, Dexian Chen, Randall ChiuJoachim Curtius, Lubna Dada, Antonio Dias, Josef Dommen, Neil M. Donahue, Jonathan Duplissy, Imad El Haddad, Henning Finkenzeller, Lukas Fischer, Martin Heinritzi, Victoria Hofbauer, Juha Kangasluoma, Changhyuk Kim, Theodore K. Koenig, Jakub Kubečka, Aleksandr Kvashnin, Houssni Lamkaddam, Chuan Ping Lee, Markus Leiminger, Zijun Li, Vladimir Makhmutov, Mao Xiao, Ruby Marten, Wei Nie, Antti Onnela, Eva Partoll, Tuukka Petäjä, Vili Taneli Salo, Simone Schuchmann, Gerhard Steiner, Dominik Stolzenburg, Yuri Stozhkov, Christian Tauber, António Tomé, Olli Väisänen, Miguel Vazquez-Pufleau, Rainer Volkamer, Andrea C. Wagner, Mingyi Wang, Yonghong Wang, Daniela Wimmer, Paul M. Winkler, Douglas R. Worsnop, Yusheng Wu, Chao Yan, Qing Ye, Kari Lehtinen, Tuomo Nieminen, Hanna E. Manninen, Matti Rissanen, Siegfried Schobesberger, Katrianne Lehtipalo, Urs Baltensperger, Armin Hansel, Veli Matti Kerminen, Richard C. Flagan, Jasper Kirkby, Theo Kurtén, Markku Kulmala

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Ions enhance the formation rate of atmospheric aerosol particles, which play an important role in Earth’s radiative balance. Ion-induced nucleation involves the stepwise accretion of neutral monomers onto a molecular cluster containing an ion, which helps to stabilize the cluster against evaporation. Although theoretical frameworks exist to calculate the collision rate coefficients between neutral molecules and ions, they need to be experimentally confirmed, ideally under atmospherically relevant conditions of around 1000 ion pairs cm−3. Here, in experiments performed under atmospheric conditions in the CERN CLOUD chamber, we have measured the collision rate coefficients between neutral iodic acid (HIO3) monomers and charged iodic acid molecular clusters containing up to 11 iodine atoms. Three methods were analytically derived to calculate ion-polar molecule collision rate coefficients. After evaluation with a kinetic model, the 50% appearance time method is found to be the most robust. The measured collision rate coefficient, averaged over all iodine clusters, is (2.4 ± 0.8)×10−9cm3 s−1, which is close to the expectation from the surface charge capture theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-242
Number of pages12
JournalAerosol Science and Technology
Issue number2
Early online date2020
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Jingkun Jiang

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • General Materials Science
  • Pollution


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