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Experimental measurements of low temperature rate coefficients for neutral–neutral reactions of interest for atmospheric chemistry of Titan, Pluto and Triton: Reactions of the CN radical

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The kinetics of the reactions of cyano radical, CN (X2Σ+) with three hydrocarbons, propane (CH3CH2CH3), propene (CH3CH[double bond, length as m-dash]CH2) and 1-butyne (CH[triple bond, length as m-dash]CCH2CH3) have been studied over the temperature range of 23–298 K using a CRESU (Cinétique de Réaction en Ecoulement Supersonique Uniforme or Reaction Kinetics in Uniform Supersonic Flow) apparatus combined with the pulsed laser photolysis–laser induced fluorescence technique. These reactions are of interest for the cold atmospheres of Titan, Pluto and Triton, as they might participate in the formation of nitrogen and carbon bearing molecules, including nitriles, that are thought to play an important role in the formation of hazes and biological molecules. All three reactions are rapid with rate coefficients in excess of 10−10 cm3 molecule−1 s−1 at the lowest temperatures of this study and show behaviour characteristic of barrierless reactions. Temperature dependences, different for each reaction, are compared to those used in the most recent photochemical models of Titan's atmosphere.

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Submitted
12 Mar 2010
Accepted
22 Apr 2010
First published
01 Sep 2010

Faraday Discuss., 2010,147, 155-171
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Experimental measurements of low temperature rate coefficients for neutral–neutral reactions of interest for atmospheric chemistry of Titan, Pluto and Triton: Reactions of the CN radical

S. B. Morales, S. D. Le Picard, A. Canosa and I. R. Sims, Faraday Discuss., 2010, 147, 155
DOI: 10.1039/C004219F

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