The influence of glassy and amorphous states on water transport in aerosol
When a particle is dried, the absence of heterogeneous surfaces for nucleation leads to the solutes achieving extremely high concentrations/supersaturations. When the aerosol is composed of organic components, this can lead to highly viscous states. While a water droplet has a viscosity of 1E-3 Pa s, organic aerosol can infact become glassy with a viscosity of 1E12 Pa s or even higher. We are investigating the influence of such highly viscous states on the transport of water in atmospheric aerosol.
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D.L. Bones, J.P. Reid, D.M. Lienhard, and U.K. Krieger, 'Comparing the mechanism of water condensation and evaporation in glassy aerosol', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109 (29) (2012) 11613-11618 - pdf