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Author(s):   Safont, V.S.; Andres, J.; Castillo, R.; Chuchani, G.; Rotinov, A.; Dominguez, R.M.; Herize, A.
Title:   A joint experimental and theoretical study on the mechanisms of methyl 2-hydroxypropionate and methyl 2-hydroxyisobutyrate decomposition in the gas phase
Journal:   J. Phys. Chem. A
Volume:   108
Page(s):   996 - 1007
Year:   2004
Reference type:   Journal article
Squib:   2004SAF/AND996-1007

Reaction:   (CH3)2C(OH)C(O)OCH3CH3OH + (CH3)2CO + CO
Reaction order:   1
Temperature:   653 - 713 K
Pressure:  9.33E-2 - 0.28 bar
Rate expression:   2.34x1013 [s-1] e-217500 [±5100 J/mole]/RT
Uncertainty:   2.54
Category:  Experiment
Data type:   Absolute value measured directly
Pressure dependence:   None reported
Experimental procedure:   Static or low flow - Data taken vs time
Excitation technique:   Thermal
Time resolution:   By end product analysis
Analytical technique:   Gas chromatography
Comments:   Combined experimental and computational study. Measured decomposition of hydroxesters in a static reactor seasoned with allyl bromide and using cyclohexene or toluene as a radical inhibitor. Also tested for heterogeneous reactions by packing reactor.

Used ab initio MP2 and B3LYP DFT quantum calculations with 6-31G** and 6-31++G** to elucidate reaction mechanism and energetics. Ab initio calculations gave same barriers within about 10 kJ/mol and A factors within about factor of 3.

Combined experimental and computations point toward a concerted reaction involving 5 membered cyclic transition state for elimination of aldehyde plus CH3OH plus CO. Other elimination channels are energetically unfavorable and few byproducts observed experimentally.

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Rate constant values calculated from the Arrhenius expression:

T (K)k(T) [s-1]
653 9.45E-5
675 3.45E-4
700 1.38E-3
713 2.75E-3