Kinetics of the reaction between methoxyl radicals and hydrogen atoms

Sándor Dóbé, Tibor Bérces, István Szilágyi

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The kinetics of the reaction of CH3O with H have been studied under pseudo-first-order conditions with an excess of H using an isothermal discharge-flow reactor. Three different CH3O sources were used and the decay of [CH3O] was monitored by laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) as a function of [H]. A second-order rate coefficient of (2.0 ± 0.6) × 1013 cm3 mol-1 s-1 was determined for reaction CH3O + H → products at room temperature and a slight positive temperature dependence was observed between 298 and 490 K. Formaldehyde formation was found to be the dominant reaction path (81 ± 12%). Further identified products were OH (7 ± 3%) and methanol (a few percent) which were produced by the decomposition and stabilization, respectively, of the initially formed bound adduct.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2331-2336
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Chemical Society, Faraday Transactions
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1991

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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