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Title: Chlorine atom-initiated low-temperature oxidation of prenol and isoprenol: The effect of C=C double bonds on the peroxy radical chemistry in alcohol oxidation

The chlorine atom-initiated oxidation of two unsaturated primary C5 alcohols, prenol (3-methyl-2-buten-1-ol, (CH 3) 2CCHCH 2OH) and isoprenol (3-methyl-3-buten-1-ol, CH 2C(CH 3)CH 2CH 2OH), is studied at 550 K and low pressure (8 Torr). The time- and isomer-resolved formation of products is probed with multiplexed photoionization mass spectrometry (MPIMS) using tunable vacuum ultraviolet ionizing synchrotron radiation. The peroxy radical chemistry of the unsaturated alcohols appears much less rich than that of saturated C4 and C5 alcohols. The main products observed are the corresponding unsaturated aldehydes – prenal (3-methyl-2-butenal) from prenol oxidation and isoprenal (3-methyl-3-butenal) from isoprenol oxidation. No significant products arising from QOOH chemistry are observed. These results can be qualitatively explained by the formation of resonance stabilized allylic radicals via H-abstraction in the Cl + prenol and Cl + isoprenol initiation reactions. The loss of resonance stabilization upon O 2 addition causes the energies of the intermediate wells, saddle points, and products to increase relative to the energy of the initial radicals and O 2. These energetic shifts make most product channels observed in the peroxy radical chemistry of saturated alcohols inaccessible for these unsaturated alcohols. The experimental findings are underpinned by quantum-chemical calculations for stationary points on themore » potential energy surfaces for the reactions of the initial radicals with O 2. Under our conditions, the dominant channels in prenol and isoprenol oxidation are the chain-terminating HO 2-forming channels arising from radicals, in which the unpaired electron and the –OH group are on the same carbon atom, with stable prenal and isoprenal co-products, respectively. These results suggest that the presence of C=C double bonds in alcohols will reduce low-temperature reactivity during autoignition.« less
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1540-7489; PII: S1540748914000078
Grant/Contract Number:
AC04-94AL85000; AC02-05CH11231
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Journal Name:
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 35; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 1540-7489
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA); USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
Country of Publication:
United States
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; low-temperature oxidation; autoignition; alcohols; resonance stabilization; peroxy radicals
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OSTI ID: 1251888