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Organic Reactive Species

Research Group Dr. Jonathan Williams

There are hundreds of thousands of volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the air we breathe. Despite being found at trace concentrations organic species are known to play key roles in atmospheric chemistry, supplying reactive carbon, nitrogen and radicals to the remote troposphere and thus influencing the global ozone budget of the troposphere. The sources, sinks, and chemistry of these species are the subject of much current research. The ORSUM group (Organic Reactive Species Understanding and Measurement), at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry aims to investigate atmospheric processes of global relevance through field measurements of VOC. Recently, the group has been focused on the chemistry of the natural background atmosphere including the marine boundary layer as well as tropical and boreal forests.

Overview article "Organic Trace Gases in the Atmosphere" (pdf)