Atmospheric chemistry of 2,3-pentanedione: Photolysis and reaction with OH radicals

Emese Szabó, Mokhtar Djehiche, Matthieu Riva, Christa Fittschen, Patrice Coddeville, Dariusz Sarzyński, Alexandre Tomas, Sándor Dóbé

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The kinetics of the overall reaction between OH radicals and 2,3-pentanedione (1) were studied using both direct and relative kinetic methods at laboratory temperature. The low pressure fast discharge flow experiments coupled with resonance fluorescence detection of OH provided the direct rate coefficient of (2.25 ± 0.44) × 10 -12 cm 3 molecule -1 s -1. The relative-rate experiments were carried out both in a collapsible Teflon chamber and a Pyrex reactor in two laboratories using different reference reactions to provide the rate coefficients of 1.95 ± 0.27, 1.95 ± 0.34, and 2.06 ± 0.34, all given in 10 -12 cm 3 molecule -1 s -1. The recommended value is the nonweighted average of the four determinations: k 1 (300 K) = (2.09 ± 0.38) × 10 -12 cm 3 molecule -1 s -1, given with 2σ accuracy. Absorption cross sections for 2,3-pentanedione were determined: the spectrum is characterized by two wide absorption bands between 220 and 450 nm. Pulsed laser photolysis at 351 nm was used and the depletion of 2,3-pentanedione (2) was measured by GC to determine the photolysis quantum yield of Φ 2 = 0.11 ± 0.02(2σ) at 300 K and 1000 mbar synthetic air. An upper limit was estimated for the effective quantum yield of 2,3-pentanedione applying fluorescent lamps with peak wavelength of 312 nm. Relationships between molecular structure and OH reactivity, as well as the atmospheric fate of 2,3-pentanedione, have been discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9160-9168
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number33
Publication statusPublished - Aug 25 2011


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Szabó, E., Djehiche, M., Riva, M., Fittschen, C., Coddeville, P., Sarzyński, D., Tomas, A., & Dóbé, S. (2011). Atmospheric chemistry of 2,3-pentanedione: Photolysis and reaction with OH radicals. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 115(33), 9160-9168.