The mechanism of the gas phase photolysis of acetone

  title={The mechanism of the gas phase photolysis of acetone},
  author={Robert B. Cundall and Andrew S. Davies},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  pages={563 - 582}
  • R. Cundall, A. Davies
  • Published 15 March 1966
  • Chemistry
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series A. Mathematical and Physical Sciences
A mechanism for the photolysis of acetone has been derived from experimental data including studies on the photosensitized isomerization of olefines. Dissociation into methyl and acetyl radicals occurs from both the first excited singlet and triplet states; the rate constants for excitation by light of 3130 Å wavelength are 2.5 x 1016 exp ( —16900/RT) and 2.5 x 1010 exp ( — 6400/RT) 1. mole-1 s-1 respectively. At low intensities of absorption, decomposition of acetyl radicals predominates over… 

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