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The MINATROC project focuses on the transformations of atmospheric pollutants in the presence of mineral dust over Southern Europe. An understanding of dust/pollution interactions will help in predicting the effect of changing anthropogenic emissions on atmospheric composition and climate. Over continental regions soot contributes up to 20% of the lower troposheric aerosol mass concentration. Soot particles produced by incomplete combustion of fossil and other fuels often exhibit irregular agglomerate structures with large accessible surface areas. Therefore, such particles can efficiently promote heterogeneous chemical processes, which are known to be important for the conversion of atmospheric pollutants.

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Authors: CAVALLI P ET AL, JRC, Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Ispra (IT);BALLESTEROS B, Universidad de Castilla-La-Mancha, Facultad de Ciencias Quimica, Toledo (ES);FARNSWORTH P B, Brigham Young University, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Provo, UT (US);PETRUCCI G A, University of Vermont, Department of Chemistry, Burlington, VT (US)
Bibliographic Reference: An oral report given at: The European Aerosol Conference. Held in: Leipzig (DE), 3-7 September 2001
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