Photonitration of Hydrocarbons with Lasers

Merle E. Umstead, James W. Fleming, M. C. Lin

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The photonitration of isobutane (i-C4H10) has been investigated in the 458-515 nm region with an argon-ion laser as the radiation sourcc. t-nitrobutane (t-C4H9N02) was the major product. Its rate of production was linear with laser intensity and increased with increasing photon energy. Computer modeling of possible reaction steps indicated that the reaction is initiated by the direct abstraction of hydrogen from i-C4H10 by electronically excited N02.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1227-1229
Number of pages3
JournalIEEE Journal of Quantum Electronics
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1980

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