Rate and equilibrium constant of the reaction of 1-methylvinoxy radicals with O2: CH3COCH2 + O2 ↔ CH3COCH2O2

Melynda Hassouna, Eric Delbos, Pascal Devolder, Bela Viskolcz, Christa Fittschen

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The reaction of 1-methylvinoxy radicals, CH3COCH2, with molecular oxygen has been investigated by experimental and theoretical methods as a function of temperature (291-520 K) and pressure (0.042-10 bar He). Experiments have been performed by laser photolysis coupled to a detection of 1-methylvinoxy radicals by laser-induced fluorescence LIF. The potential energy surface calculations were performed using ab inito molecular orbital theory at the G3MP2B3 and CBSQB3 level of theory based on the density function theory optimized geometries. Derived molecular properties of the characteristic points of the potential energy surface were used to describe the mechanism and kinetics of the reaction under investigation. At 295 K, no pressure dependence of the rate constant for the association reaction has been observed: k1.298K = (1.18 ± 0.04) × 10-12 cm3 s-1. Biexponential decays have been observed in the temperature range 459-520 K and have been interpreted as an equilibrium reaction. The temperature-dependent equilibrium constants have been extracted from these decays and a standard reaction enthalpy of ΔHr,298K = -105.0 ± 2.0 kJ mol -1 and entropy of ΔSr,298K = -143.0 ± 4.0 J mol-1 K-1 were derived, in excellent agreement with the theoretical results. Consistent heats of formation for the vinoxy and the 1-methylvinoxy radical as well as their O2 adducts are recommended based on our complementary experimental and theoretical study ΔH f,298K = 13.0 ± 2.0, -32. 9 ± 2.0, -85.9 ± 4.0, and -142.1 ±4.0 kJ mol-1 for CH3CHO, CH 3COCH2 radicals, and their adducts, respectively.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6667-6672
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - jún. 1 2006


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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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