Reactions of free ethyl radicals with molecular oxygen
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Ethylene oxide as well as acetaldehyde and a hydroperoxide are the reaction products of the ethyl radical and molecular oxygen at temperatures from 100° to 300°.
The direction of the reaction C2H5 + O2 is strongly affected by the state of the surface of the reaction vessel.
Formation of ethylene oxide in the reaction of the ethyl radical and a molecule of oxygen occurs on the walls of the reaction vessel that had been treated with the products from a discharge in water vapors.
The reaction of the ethyl radical with a molecule of oxygen does not lead to formation of formaldehyde at temperatures up to 300° either by a direct route or through intermediate reactions.
KeywordsOxide Oxygen Ethylene Formaldehyde Ethyl
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