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Title: Resonance stabilization effects on ketone autoxidation: Isomer-specific cyclic ether and ketohydroperoxide formation in the low-temperature (400–625 K) oxidation of diethyl ketone

Here, the pulsed photolytic chlorine-initiated oxidation of diethyl ketone [DEK; (CH 3CH 2) 2C=O], 2,2,4,4- d 4-DEK [ d 4-DEK; (CH 3CD 2) 2C=O], and 1,1,1,5,5,5-d 6-DEK [ d 6-DEK; (CD 3CH 2) 2C=O] is studied at 8 torr and 1–2 atm and from 400–625 K. Cl atoms produced by laser photolysis react with diethyl ketone to form either primary (3-pentan-on-1-yl, R P) or secondary (3-pentan-on-2-yl, R S) radicals, which in turn react with O 2. Multiplexed time-of-flight mass spectrometry, coupled to either a hydrogen discharge lamp or tunable synchrotron photoionizing radiation, is used to detect products as a function of mass, time, and photon energy. At 8 torr, the nature of the chain propagating cyclic ether + OH channel changes as a function of temperature. At 450 K, the production of OH is mainly in conjunction with formation of 2,4-dimethyloxetan-3-one, resulting from reaction of the resonance-stabilized secondary R S with O 2. In contrast, at 550 K and 8 torr, 2-methyl-tetrahydrofuran-3-one, originating from oxidation of the primary radical (RP), is observed as the dominant cyclic ether product. Formation of both of these cyclic ether production channels proceeds via a resonance-stabilized hydroperoxy alkyl (QOOH) intermediate. Little or no ketohydroperoxide (KHP)more » is observed under the low-pressure conditions. At higher O 2 concentrations and higher pressures (1–2 atm), a strong KHP signal appears as the temperature is increased above 450 K. Definitive isomeric identification from measurements on the deuterated DEK isotopologues indicates the favored pathway produces a γ-KHP via resonance-stabilized alkyl, QOOH, and HOOPOOH radicals. Time-resolved measurements reveal the KHP formation becomes faster and signal more intense upon increasing temperature from 450 to 575 K before intensity drops significantly at 625 K. The KHP time profile also shows a peak followed by a gradual depletion for the extent of experiment. Several tertiary products exhibit a slow accumulation in coincidence with the observed KHP decay. These products can be associated with decomposition of KHP by β-scission pathways or via isomerization of a γ-KHP into a cyclic peroxide intermediate (Korcek mechanism). The oxidation of d 4-DEK, where kinetic isotope effects disfavor γ-KHP formation, shows greatly reduced KHP formation and associated signatures from KHP decomposition products.« less
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  1. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Pacific Gas and Electricity Co., San Francisco, CA (United States)
  2. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States); Univ. of Helsinki, Helsinki (Finland)
  3. Sandia National Lab. (SNL-CA), Livermore, CA (United States)
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Journal ID: ISSN 1089-5639; 651896
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Journal Name:
Journal of Physical Chemistry. A, Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment, and General Theory
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 120; Journal Issue: 43; Journal ID: ISSN 1089-5639
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
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United States
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