peroxyacetyl nitrate


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pe·rox·y·a·ce·tyl ni·trate

(pĕ'rok-sē-ă-sē'til nī'trāt),
The major pollutant responsible for eye and nose irritation in smog.

peroxyacetyl nitrate

(pər-ŏk′sē-ə-sē′tl)
n.
Abbr. PAN A toxic organic compound, C2H3NO5, formed photochemically in smog, causing eye irritation and damage to vegetation. Due to the stability of this compound, it may be transported in air over long distances before breaking down into smaller reactive compounds.
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To a question, he said that Ozone, peroxyacetyl nitrate and hydrogen sulphide got mixed in the smog which caused upto 90 percent of the air pollution.These gases kept constantly affecting the vegetation during the last one decade.He said wheat plant, orange gardens, vegetables and grass/fodder for animals could be affected in the coming days.
Peroxyacetyl nitrate levels were measured every 30 min using a Varian CP-3800 gas chrotnatograph with an electron capture detector.
Average [NO.sub.2] and NO levels decreased across the day, whereas levels of secondary chemical products, such as ozone, formaldehyde, and peroxyacetyl nitrate, increased (Table 1, Figure 1).