Does CH3 addition to C6H6 occur as reported?

J. Park, Ming-Chang Lin*

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The kinetics of the CH3 + C6H6 reaction has been investigated by modeling the existing data obtained by Holt and Kerr [Int] Chem Kinet 1977, 9, 185.1. The result of the modeling suggests that the yields of CH4 measured in the UV photolysis of mixture of (CH3CO)2, i-C4H10, and C6H6 and employed in their analysis of the CH3 + C6H6 kinetics could be quantitatively predicted by the reactions of CH3 with i-C4H10 and alkyl radicals present in the system, independent of the CH3 + C6H6 reaction. The CH3 + C6H6 reaction was concluded to be insignificant under the conditions employed on account of the instability of the C7H9 radical adduct and the strong C-H bonds in benzene, which prevent the occurrence of the simple abstraction process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)803-807
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Chemical Kinetics
Issue number12
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2001


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