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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 24, Number 3
BKCSDE 24(3)
March 20, 2003 

Observation of Methyl Radical Recombination Following Photodissociation of CH3I at 266 nm by Time-Resolved Photothermal Spectroscopy
Myungkoo Suh, Wookyung Sung, Guosheng Li, Seong-Ung Heo, Hyun Jin Hwang
Methyl radical, Recombination, Methyl iodide, Photodissociation, Photothermal spectroscopy
A time-resolved probe beam deflection (PBD) technique was employed to study the energy relaxation dynamics of photofragments produced by photodissociation of CH3I at 266 nm. Under 500 torr argon environment, experimental PBD transients revealed two energy relaxation processes; a fast relaxation process occurring within an acoustic transit time (less than 0.2 ms in this study) and a slow relaxation process with the relaxation time in several tens of ms. The fast energy relaxation of which signal intensity depended linearly on the excitation laser power was assigned to translational-to-translational energy transfer from the photofragments to the medium. As for the slow process, the signal intensity depended on square of the excitation laser power, and the relaxation time decreased as the photofragment concentration increased. Based on experimental findings and reaction rate constants reported previously, the slow process was assigned to methyl radical recombination reaction. In order to determine the rate constant for methyl radical recombination reaction, a theoretical equation of the PBD transient for a radical recombination reaction was derived and used to fit the experimental results. By comparing the experimental PBD curves with the calculated ones, the rate constant for methyl recombination is determined to be 3.3(±1.0) ´ 106 s-1torr-1 at 295 ± 2 K in 500 torr Ar.
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