Radio Science

Atmospheric Metal Ion Chemistry


  • E. E. Ferguson


The role of metal ion chemistry in the atmosphere is briefly reviewed. The available relevant thermal energy binary and three-body reaction rate data are tabulated. The importance of a two-step hydration of metal ions is pointed out, first three-body association of metal ions to CO2 (or possibly O2 or N2) followed by a fast binary ‘switching’ reaction, M+·CO2 + H2O → M+·H2O + CO2 which should be particularly effective for metal ion loss in the D region.