Adsorption of hydroxyacetone on pure ice surfaces

Mélanie Petitjean, Maria Darvas, Sylvain Picaud, Pál Jedlovszky, Stéphane Le Calvé

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The adsorption of hydroxyacetone molecules at the surface of ice is investigated by means of flow-tube reactor measurements in the temperature range: 213-253 K. The number of molecules adsorbed per surface unit is conventionally plotted as a function of the absolute gas concentration of hydroxyacetone and is compared to that previously obtained for acetone and ethanol. The enthalpy of adsorption and the monolayer capacity at the ice surface are determined. In addition, molecular dynamics simulations are performed to support the experimental results. However, it is shown that the available interaction potential between hydroxyacetone and ice is not accurate enough to allow a robust detailed analysis of the adsorption process. Finally, a rapid estimation of the hydroxyacetone partitioning between the gas phase and ice shows that in the densest ice clouds, up to 29 % of hydroxyacetone could be adsorbed on pure ice surfaces at 203 K.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3921-3927
Number of pages7
Issue number18
Publication statusPublished - dec. 17 2010


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Petitjean, M., Darvas, M., Picaud, S., Jedlovszky, P., & Le Calvé, S. (2010). Adsorption of hydroxyacetone on pure ice surfaces. ChemPhysChem, 11(18), 3921-3927.