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Formation of methanol from methane and water in an electrical discharge.

Pearce, MP, Bussemaker, MJ, Cooper, PD, Lapere, KM, Wild, DA and McKinley, AJ (2012) Formation of methanol from methane and water in an electrical discharge. Phys Chem Chem Phys, 14 (10). pp. 3444-3449.

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Matrix isolation FTIR experiments have shown that methanol is a major product when argon gas doped with water and methane is exposed to an electrical discharge and condensed to a solid matrix at 11 K. Experiments with (2)H, (17)O and (18)O-labeled isotopologues show the mechanism for the methanol production is likely to be insertion of an excited oxygen atom in the (1)D state into a C-H bond of a methane molecule. In light of these experiments, the possibility of oxygen atom insertion into methane should be considered as a possible mechanism for the production of methanol in interstellar ices.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Surrey research (other units)
Authors :
Pearce, MP
Cooper, PD
Lapere, KM
Wild, DA
McKinley, AJ
Date : 14 March 2012
DOI : 10.1039/c2cp22135g
Uncontrolled Keywords : Argon, Electricity, Methane, Methanol, Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared, Water
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 17 May 2017 12:57
Last Modified : 24 Jan 2020 23:08

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