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Reactions of o-benzyne with propargyl and benzyl radicals: potential sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in combustion

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The kinetics and mechanisms of the reactions of o-benzyne with propargyl and benzyl radicals have been investigated computationally. The possible reaction pathways have been explored by quantum chemical calculations at the M06-2X/6-311+G(3df,2p)//B3LYP/6-311G(d,p) level and the mechanisms have been investigated by the Rice–Ramsperger–Kassel–Marcus theory/master-equation calculations. It was found that the o-benzyne associates with the propargyl and benzyl radicals without pronounced barriers and the activated adducts easily isomerize to five-membered ring species. Indenyl radical and fluorene + H were predicted to be dominantly produced by the reactions of o-benzyne with propargyl and benzyl radicals, respectively, with the rate constants close to the high-pressure limits at temperatures below 2000 K. The related reactions on the two potential energy surfaces, namely, the reaction between fulvenallenyl radical and acetylene and the decomposition reactions of indenyl and α-phenylbenzyl radicals were also investigated. The high reactivity of o-benzyne toward the resonance stabilized radicals suggested a potential role of o-benzyne as a precursor of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in combustion.

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The article was received on 29 Mar 2012, accepted on 09 May 2012 and first published on 10 May 2012


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C2CP41002H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012,14, 9722-9728
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    Reactions of o-benzyne with propargyl and benzyl radicals: potential sources of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in combustion

    A. Matsugi and A. Miyoshi, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2012, 14, 9722
    DOI: 10.1039/C2CP41002H

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