Atmospheric reactivity of Volatil organic compounds
The atmospheric chemistry of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) plays a crucial role in the chemical balance of our atmosphere. These compounds, often emitted by industrial and natural activities, can have significant impacts on air quality and climate. When emitted into the atmosphere, these compounds can undergo complex chemical reactions, forming reaction products that can be transported over long distances by atmospheric currents. These chemical reactions can lead to the formation of aerosols and fine particles, which have a direct impact on air quality and human health. What's more, these compounds can contribute to smog formation and global warming by acting as greenhouse gases. Selenium, although necessary for living organisms at low concentrations, can become toxic at high levels. Atmospheric reactions involving selenium can influence the bioavailability of this element in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems.
Understanding these chemical processes is essential to developing effective environmental policies aimed at reducing emissions of these compounds, protecting public health and preserving our environment. Research in this field is therefore crucial to assess the impact of mercury-containing and selenium-containing halogenated VOC emissions on our planet, and to develop strategies to minimize their negative influence.