259 OH Initiated Oxidation of Isoprene: Isomeric Selective Study of the Dominant Addition Channel

Thursday, November 5, 2009: 4:00 PM
Kohlberg (Camino Real Hotel)
Buddhadeb Ghosh , Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Alejandro Bugarin , Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Brian T. Connell , Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Simon W. North , Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

We report the first isomeric selective study of the dominant isomeric pathway in the OH initiated oxidation of isoprene in the presence of O2 and NO using the Laser Photolysis-Laser Induced Fluorescence (LP-LIF) technique. The photolysis of monodeuterated/non deuterated 2-iodo-2-methyl-but-3-en-1-ol results exclusively in the dominant OH-isoprene addition product, providing important insight into the oxidation mechanism. Based on kinetic analysis of OH cycling experiments we have determined the rate constant for O2 addition to the hydroxy alkyl radical to be 1.0±0.5 × 10-12 cm3 s-1  and we find a value of 8.05±2.3 × 10-12 cm3 s-1 for the overall reaction rate constant of the  hydroxy peroxy radical with NO. We also report the first clear experimental evidence of the (E) form of the d-hydroxyalkoxy channel through isotopic labeling experiments and quantify its branching ratio to be 0.1±0.025. Since our measured isomeric selective rate constants for the dominant outer channel in OH initiated isoprene chemistry are similar to the overall rate constants derived from non isomeric kinetics, we predict that the remaining outer addition channel will have similar reactivity.

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