Thermal decomposition of azoethane

A. Péter, G. Ács, P. Huhn

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The thermal decomposition of azoethane (AE) was studied by detailed product analysis in the temperature and pressure intervals 508–598 K and 2.7–13.3 kPa. Besides the hydrocarbon products, three characteristic and quantitatively important nitrogen‐containing compounds were also determined: ethyl‐2‐butyldiimide, ethanal‐diethylhydrazone, and tetraethyl‐hydrazine. Apart from the predominant termination reactions of the ethyl radical with itself and with the μ2 radical, the decomposition is characterized by a very short chain reaction. The measurements led to determination of the following rate constants and rate constant ratios: (Formula Presented.) for the following reactions: (Formula Presented.)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-766
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Chemical Kinetics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1984


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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