Air Pollution: Photooxidation of Aromatic Hydrocarbons

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Science  19 Oct 1962:
Vol. 138, Issue 3538, pp. 442-443
DOI: 10.1126/science.138.3538.442


A number of aromatic hydrocarbons participate as effectively as the olefins in atmospheric photooxidation reactions in the presence of nitrogen oxides and ultraviolet light. Judged both on the basis of reactivity and concentrations in the atmosphere, the aromatic hydrocarbons cannot be ignored as contributors to the photochemical type of air pollution.