Paul W Percival

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We have previously shown that the filamentous fungus, Penicillium janthinellum SFU403 (SFU403) oxidizes pyrene to pyrene 1,6- and 1,8-quinones and that the level of pyrenequinones (PQs) subsequently declines suggesting that PQs are not terminal metabolites. The purpose of this study was to determine the fate of PQs in SFU403. First, we compared the fate of(More)
There is a pressing need to identify and monitor reaction intermediates in water at high temperatures and pressures, but conventional techniques have limited capability for studying transient free radicals under such challenging conditions. Apparatus has now been developed to permit muon avoided-level crossing spectroscopy (muLCR) of organic free radicals(More)
The possible radicals resulting from hydrogen atom addition to the imidazole rings of 1,3-bis(isopropyl)-4,5-dimethylimidazol-2-ylidene (1) and 1,3-bis(2,4,6-trimethylphenyl)imidazol-2-ylidene (2) have been studied by means of density functional calculations (B3LYP). The calculations included solvent effects estimated via the polarized continuum model (PCM)(More)
Very little is known about the behavior of free H atoms and small organic radicals inside clathrate hydrate structures despite the relevance of such species to combustion of hydrocarbon hydrates. Muonium is an H atom analog, essentially a light isotope of hydrogen, and can be used to probe the chemistry of H atoms and transient free radicals. We demonstrate(More)
The hyperfine coupling constants (hfcs) of two methyl radical isotopomers, CH2Mu and CD2Mu, have been measured over a wide range of temperature in ketene and ketene-d2, from which the radicals were generated. The magnitudes of the hfcs of these muoniated methyl radical isotopomers are larger than those of CH3 and CD3 due to larger zero-point energy in the(More)
Muoniated free radicals have been detected in muon-irradiated aqueous solutions of acetone at high temperatures and pressures. At temperatures below 250 degrees C, the radical product is consistent with muonium addition to the keto form of acetone. However, at higher temperatures, a different radical was detected, which is attributed to muonium addition to(More)
A computational study has been performed to examine the reactions of a model beta-diketiminatoaluminium (I) complex with the hydrogen atom and with the electron. It was found that the hydrogen atom adds to the metal centre exothermically (DeltaH(rxn)=-202 kJ mol(-1)), and the spin density in the resulting radical resides entirely on the beta-diketiminato(More)