Reactivities of chlorine atoms and peroxyl radicals formed in the radiolysis of dichloromethane

Z. B. Alfassi, S. Mosseri, P. Neta

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Radiolysis of dichloromethane (DCM) leads to formation of primary oxidizing radicals and carbon-centered radicals. The latter react with oxygen to yield peroxyl radicals. The yields and chemical behavior of these intermediates were studied by pulse radiolysis of DCM solutions containing various solutes: phenols, anilines, dimethoxybenzene, hexamethylbenzene, cyclohexene, dimethyl sulfoxide, and zinc tetratolylporphyrin. At low concentrations, some of these solutes were found to be oxidized by two peroxyl radicals, CH2ClO2 and CHCl2O2, with different rate constants. At higher concentrations, the solutes react also with the primary radicals: Cl atoms and the radical cations CH2Cl2+•, with diffusion-controlled rate constants. The rates of these reactions were determined by competition kinetics because of the very short lifetimes of the species. Cl atoms were found to have a half-life of about 5 ns in DCM, reacting predominantly with the solvent by hydrogen abstraction. The radical cations decay within a fraction of a nanosecond. The total yield of these primary radicals was determined to be G = 3.6 and appears to be divided about equally between Cl and the radical cations. The total yield of oxidation, by the primary and the peroxyl radicals, was found to be G = 7.5. Cl atoms were found to be very reactive in electron transfer as well as addition and hydrogen abstraction reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1380-1385
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1989

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  • General Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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