MIMiX: A Multipurpose in situ Microreactor system for X-ray microspectroscopy to mimic atmospheric aerosol processing

Jan David Forster, Christian Gurk, Mark Lamneck, Haijie Tong, Florian Ditas, Sarah S. Steimer, Peter A. Alpert, Markus Ammann, Jörg Raabe, Markus Weigand, Benjamin Watts, Ulrich Pöschl, Meinrat O. Andreae, Christopher Pöhlker

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The dynamic processing of aerosols in the atmosphere is difficult to mimic under laboratory conditions, particularly on a single-particle level with high spatial and chemical resolution. Our new microreactor system for Xray microscopy facilitates observations under in situ conditions and extends the accessible parameter ranges of existing setups to very high humidities and low temperatures. With the parameter margins for pressure (180-1000 hPa), temperature ( ∼ 250K to room temperature), and relative humidity (∼ 0% to above 98 %), a wide range of tropospheric conditions is covered. Unique features are the mobile design and compact size that make the instrument applicable to different synchrotron facilities. Successful first experiments were conducted at two X-ray microscopes, MAXYMUS, located at beamline UE46 of the synchrotron BESSY II, and Pol-Lux, located at beamline X07DA of the Swiss Light Source in the Paul Scherrer Institute. Here we present the design and analytical scope of the system, along with first results from hydration-dehydration experiments on ammonium sulfate and potassium sulfate particles and the tentative observation of water ice at low temperature and high relative humidity in a secondary organic aerosol particle from isoprene oxidation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3717-3729
Number of pages13
JournalAtmospheric Measurement Techniques
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jul 2020
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atmospheric Science


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