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Investigation of catalytic reduction and filter techniques for simultaneous measurements of NO, NO2, and HNO3 in the stratosphereA concept for measuring stratospheric NOy-species is presented which utilizes the catalytic reduction of NO2 and HNO3 over heated metal catalysts and the chemisorption of HNO3 on Nylon. Using the Max Planck Institute for Aeronomy (MPAE) chemiluminescent balloon-borne sonde, stratospheric NO and NO2 profiles have been measured since 1983. NO is detected by chemiluminescence produced in reaction with O3 while NO2 needs first to be converted to NO over a heated stainless steel catalyst. To improve this technique for simultaneously measuring HNO3, the catalytic reduction of NO2 and HNO3 over several metal catalysts and the chemisorption of NO2 and HNO3 on Nylon have been investigated in laboratory tests. The results of these tests under simulated stratospheric conditions are presented in detail in this paper. They demonstrate that the simultaneous measurement of NO, NO2 and HNO3 is indeed possible with the combination of stainless steel or Au as a catalyst and a nylon filter.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Wendt, J. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Aeronomie Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany)
Fabian, Peter (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Aeronomie Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany)
Flentje, G. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Aeronomie Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany)
Kourtidis, K. (Max-Planck-Inst. fuer Aeronomie Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center, Ozone in the Troposphere and Stratosphere, Part 2
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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