A direct investigation of the reaction CH3+OH: Overall rate constant and CH2 formation at T=298 K

R. Deters, M. Otting, H. Gg Wagner, F. Temps, B. László, S. Dób́, T. Bérces

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The rate constant and the product distribution of the reaction CH3+OH→ products (1) were studied at room temperature over a range of pressures (0.7 mbar ≤p≤467 mbar) with M = He as inert bath gas. At pressures of 45 to 467 mbar, towards the high pressure range of the reaction, experimental determinations were performed using the laser flash photolysis technique with transient UV absorption spectrometry (LFP/TAS) for direct monitoring of the CH3 and OH radicals. In this range, the overall rate constant for the reaction was found to be practically independent of pressure at k1 (298 K)=(4.4±0.8)×1013 cm3 mol-1 s-1. At pressures of 0.7 mbar to 4.0 mbar, the reaction was studied using the discharge flow (DF) technique with laser magnetic resonance (LMR) for the direct detection of the reactants CH3 and OH and the reaction product CH2. The measured overall rate constants at the low pressures were found to increase slightly with increasing pressure and approach the value at "high" pressure from the LFP/TAS experiments. From simulations of the measured concentration-versus-time profiles of the CH3, OH, and CH2 radicals, the branching ratio for the reaction channel CH3+OH → CH2+H2O (1.1) was determined at p=1.33 mbar, T=298 K to be k1.1/k1 = (0.89±0.09). Implications of the results are discussed considering the fall-off curve for the reaction, the reaction mechanism and the product distribution, and the available thermochemical data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-72
Number of pages15
JournalBerichte der Bunsengesellschaft/Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1998



  • Chemical Kinetics
  • Molecular Interactions
  • Radicals

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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