Issue 8, 2024

Kinetics of the reaction of OH with methyl nitrate (223–343 K)


Rate coefficients (k4) for the reaction of hydroxyl radicals (OH) with methyl nitrate (CH3ONO2) were measured over the temperature range 232–343 K using pulsed laser photolysis to generate OH and pulsed laser-induced fluorescence to detect it in real-time and under pseudo-first-order conditions. In order to optimize the accuracy of the rate coefficients obtained, the concentration of CH3ONO2 (the reactant in excess) was measured on-line by absorption spectroscopy at 213.86 nm for which the absorption cross-section was also measured (σ213.86 = 1.65 ± 0.09 × 10−18 cm2 molecule−1). The temperature-dependent rate coefficient is described by k4(T) = 7.5 × 10−13 exp[(−1034 ± 40)/T] cm3 molecule−1 s−1 with a room temperature rate coefficient of k4(296 ± 2 K) = (2.32 ± 0.12) × 10−14 cm3 molecule−1 s−1 where the uncertainty includes the statistical error of 2σ and an estimation of the potential systematic bias of 5%. This new dataset helps to consolidate the database for this rate coefficient and to reduce uncertainty in the atmospheric lifetime of CH3ONO2. As part of this study, an approximate rate coefficient for the reaction of H-atoms with CH3ONO2 (k9) was also derived at room temperature: k9(298 K) = (1.68 ± 0.45) × 10−13 cm3 molecule−1 s−1.

Graphical abstract: Kinetics of the reaction of OH with methyl nitrate (223–343 K)

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05 Jan 2024
01 Feb 2024
First published
08 Feb 2024
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Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2024,26, 6646-6654

Kinetics of the reaction of OH with methyl nitrate (223–343 K)

C. Fernholz, F. Baumann, J. Lelieveld and J. N. Crowley, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2024, 26, 6646 DOI: 10.1039/D4CP00054D

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