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A study of the ethene-ozone reaction with photoelectron spectroscopy: measurement of product branching ratios and atmospheric implications

Copeland, G., Ghosh, M. V., Shallcross, D. E., Percival, C. J. and Dyke, J. M. (2011) A study of the ethene-ozone reaction with photoelectron spectroscopy: measurement of product branching ratios and atmospheric implications. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 13 (33). pp. 14839-14847. ISSN 1463-9076

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To link to this article DOI: 10.1039/C0CP03004J

Abstract/Summary

The ozone-ethene reaction has been investigated at low pressure in a flow-tube interfaced to a u.v. photoelectron spectrometer. Photoelectron spectra recorded as a function of reaction time have been used to estimate partial pressures of the reagents and products, using photoionization cross-sections for selected photoelectron bands of the reagents and products, which have been measured separately. Product yields compare favourably with results of other studies, and the production of oxygen and acetaldehyde have been measured as a function of time for the first time. A reaction scheme developed for the ozone-ethene reaction has been used to simulate the reagents and products as a function of time. The results obtained are in good agreement with the experimental measurements. For each of the observed products, the simulations allow the main reaction (or reactions) for production of that product to be established. The product yields have been used in a global model to estimate their global annual emissions in the atmosphere. Of particular interest are the calculated global annual emissions of formaldehyde (0.96 ± 0.10 Tg) and formic acid, (0.05 ± 0.01 Tg) which are estimated as 0.04% and 0.7% of the total annual emission respectively.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:21709
Publisher:Royal Society of Chemistry

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