Cleavage of an aromatic ring and radical migration†
The present study undertakes a theoretical evaluation of thermal decomposition of aromatic-ring radicals. Potential energy surfaces and associated reaction rate coefficients were calculated for 1- and 2-naphthalenyl, acetanaphthylenyl, and pyrenyl radicals. Kinetic Monte-Carlo simulations were performed to examine the rates of ring cleavage in two sooting laminar premixed flames of ethylene. The simulations showed that the thermal aromatic-ring cleavage is comparable in rate to oxyradical decomposition in a heavier-sooting flame. The simulation also revealed, unexpectedly, fast internal ring radical migration, comparable in frequency to reaction events of aromatic growth.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Unimolecular reactions