FTIR study of the reaction of ethyl radicals with O2 and Cl2 in air at 295 K

Timothy J. Wallington, Jean M. Andino, E. W. Kaiser, Steven M. Japar

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Using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, the ethene yield from the reaction of C2H5 radicals with O2 has been determined to be 1.50 ± 0.09%, 0.85 ± 0.11%, and <0.1% at total pressures of 25, 50, and 700 torr, respectively. Additionally, the rate constant of the reaction of C2H5 radicals with molecular chlorine was measured relative to that with molecular oxygen. (Formula Presented.) A ratio k6/k7 = 1.99 ± 0.14 was measured at 700 torr total pressure which, together with the literature value of k7 = 4.4 × 10−12 cm3 molecule−1s−1, yields k6 = (8.8 ± 0.6) × 10−12 cm3 molecule−1s−1. Quoted errors represent 2σ. These results are discussed with respect to previous kinetic and mechanistic studies of C2H5 radicals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1113-1122
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Chemical Kinetics
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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