The ultraviolet absorption spectrum and the kinetics of the self-reaction have been studied for the β-hydroxy(methyl)propylperoxy radical. Experiments were carried out using the modulated photolysis technique over the temperature range 298–349 K and pressure range 50–200 Torr. At room temperature, the value of the observed rate constant (molecule−1 cm3 s−1) was found to be: kobs = (4.40 ± 0.70)
× 10−12 and the Arrhenius expression: kobs(T) = (4.10 ± 0.2) × 10−15exp(2086 ± 160/T) molecule−1 cm3 s−1
This effective constant, defined as –d[(CH3)2C(OH)CH2O2]/dt = 2kobs[(CH3)2C(OH)CH2O2]2 corresponds to the total consumption of (CH3)2C(OH)CH2O2 radical via the reactions: 2(CH3)2C(OH)CH2O2 → 2(CH3)2C(OH)CH2O + O2→
(CH3)2C(OH)CHO + (CH3)2C(OH)CH2OH + O2(CH3)2C(OH)CH2O2 + HO2 → (CH3)2C(OH)CH2O2H + O2From the ratio β = [HO2]ss/[RO2]ss, determined in this work, and the branching ratio α for the mutual reactions (Ia) and (Ib) of the β-hydroxy(methyl)propylperoxy radical – found in the literature – the parameters of reactions (Ia), (Ib) and (VI) are evaluated at different temperatures. Our results are discussed and compared to literature data.
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