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Sugar Hitches a Ride on Organic Sea Spray
Sticky organic molecules hop aboard oily floaters and may influence the amount of sunlight reflected by marine clouds
PNNL researchers and collaborators found a "sticky" strategy binds organic sugar-like molecules to floating fatty molecules on the sea surface which can be flung into the atmosphere by bursting bubbles. This mechanism may explain the discrepancies between models and the actual sea spray aerosol composition measurements that influence the amount of sunlight reflected by marine clouds.
Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Institute for Integrated Catalysis, Dr. Johannes Lercher was chosen for the inaugural David Trim and Noel Cant Lectureship sponsored by the Catalysis Society of Australia. Lercher will share his insights on fundamental and applied research with researchers across Australia.
Full Story | July 2016