Kinetics of the reaction between hydroxymethyl radicals and hydrogen atoms

S. Dóbé, T. Bérces, F. Temps, H. Gg Wagner, H. Ziemer

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Kinetics of the reactions H (D) + CH2OH (CD2OD) were studied at room temperature using the fast flow technique coupled with laser magnetic resonance and electron paramagnetic resonance detections. Rate coefficients of 4.1 ± 0.8, 8.1 ± 1.1, and 4.8 ± 1.6 (in 1013 cm3 mol-1 s-1 units) were determined for the overall reactions H + CH2OH → products (1), D + CH2OH → products (2), and D + CD2OD → products (3), respectively. Branching ratios for OH formation were found to be 25 ± 5% in reaction 1 and 23 ± 10% in reaction 2. Formation of H atoms by H/D isotope exchange was found to account for ≈12% of reaction 2. On the basis of the kinetic results and simple theoretical considerations, the reaction between H atoms and hydroxymethyl radicals was suggested to occur to about 70% via direct disproportionation leading to formaldehyde formation and to about 30% via indirect mechanism through complex (CH3OH)*. Under the conditions used, CH3 and OH were shown to be the products of the major channel of the complex-forming reaction path. Results determined for reaction H + CH2OH are compared with those obtained previously for H + CH3O. Implications for combustion systems are discussed briefly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9792-9800
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of physical chemistry
Issue number39
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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