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Radical Thermometers, Thermochemistry, and Photoelectron Spectra: A Photoelectron Photoion Coincidence Spectroscopy Study of the Methyl Peroxy Radical

Radical Thermometers, Thermochemistry, and Photoelectron
Spectra: A Photoelectron Photoion Coincidence Spectroscopy Study of
the Methyl Peroxy Radical
Krisztina Voronova, Andras Bodi, David L. Osborn, Kent M. Ervin, Bálint Sztáray, Thomas Gerber, Krisztián G. Torma, Patrick Hemberger
We investigated the simplest alkylperoxy radical, CH3OO, formed by reacting photolytically generated CH3 radicals with O2, using the new combustion reactions followed by photoelectron photoion coincidence (CRF-PEPICO) apparatus at the Swiss Light Source. Modeling the experimental photoion mass-selected threshold photoelectron spectrum using Franck–Condon simulations including transitions to triplet and singlet cationic states yielded the adiabatic ionization energy of 10.265 ± 0.025 eV. Dissociative photoionization of CH3OO generates the CH3+ fragment ion at the appearance energy of 11.164 ± 0.010 eV. Combining these two values with ΔfH0K°(CH3) yields ΔfH0K°(CH3OO) = 22.06 ± 0.97 kJ mol–1, reducing the uncertainty of the previously determined value by a factor of 5. Statistical simulation of the CH3OO breakdown diagram provides a molecular thermometer of the free radical’s internal temperature, which we measured to be 330 ± 30 K.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03145

DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03145

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