Reactions of the nitrate radical with a series og reduced organic sulfur-compounds in air

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  • NR JENSEN
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  • J HJORTH
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  • C LOHSE
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  • H SKOV
  • G RESTELLI

A 480 L evacuable reaction chamber, equipped with FT-IR spectroscopy on-line and ion chromatography off-line, has been used to study the gas phase reaction between the nitrate radical, NO3, and the reduced organic sulphur compounds CH3CH2SH, (CH3CH2)2S, (CH3CH2)2S2, and CH3CH2SCH3 in air. The products CH3CH2SO3H, SO2, H2SO4, CH3CHO, and CH3CH2ONO2 were identified and quantified in the reactions of the first three compounds, CH3CH2SH, (CH3CH2)2S, and (CH3CH2)2S2. The reaction products were CH3CH2SO3H, CH3SO3H, SO2, H2SO4, CH3CHO, and CH2O in the reaction of CH3CH2SCH3. On the basis of identified reaction products and intermediates observed in the infrared spectra, mechanisms are proposed for the reactions between the NO3 radical and the four reduced organic sulphur compounds. The results of this study, together with those from previous experiments performed in this laboratory on CH3SCH3, CH3SH, and CH3SSCH3 lead to the conclusion that all these species, in the reaction with the NO3 radical, follow a similar degradation mechanism producing SO2, H2SO4, R-SO3H, R-CHO, and R-CH2ONO2, as the main reaction products. The inital step of the reaction of NO3 with R-S-R and R-S- H type (R = CH3, CH2CH3) reduced organic sulphur compounds was found to be H-atom abstraction, probably after the formation of an initial adduct. For the reaction between NO3 and R-S-S-R type compounds, evidence for an addition-decomposition reaction, as the initial steps, was obtained. R-S-, R-S(O)., and R-S(O)2. appear to be formed as intermediates in all the reactions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Chemical Kinetics
Volume24
Issue10
Pages (from-to)839-850
Number of pages12
ISSN0538-8066
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1992

    Research areas

  • GAS-PHASE REACTIONS, DIMETHYL SULFIDE, OH RADICALS, ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS, SULFUR-COMPOUNDS, CH3S+NO2 REACTION, RATE CONSTANTS, NO3 RADICALS, KINETICS, MECHANISM

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