Organic synthesis in the study of terpene-derived oxidation products in the atmosphere

Mary Alice Upshur, Ariana Gray Bé, Jingyi Luo, Jonathan G. Varelas, Franz M. Geiger, Regan James Thomson*

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Covering: 1997 up to 2022 Volatile biogenic terpenes involved in the formation of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) particles participate in rich atmospheric chemistry that impacts numerous aspects of the earth's complex climate system. Despite the importance of these species, understanding their fate in the atmosphere and determining their atmospherically-relevant properties has been limited by the availability of authentic standards and probe molecules. Advances in synthetic organic chemistry directly aimed at answering these questions have, however, led to exciting discoveries at the interface of chemistry and atmospheric science. Herein we provide a review of the literature regarding the synthesis of commercially unavailable authentic standards used to analyze the composition, properties, and mechanisms of SOA particles in the atmosphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)890-921
Number of pages32
JournalNatural product reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Mar 20 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry


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