Chinese Science Bulletin

, Volume 55, Issue 35, pp 4018–4025 | Cite as

Photoelectron spectroscopy of terpenoids and prediction of their rate constants in atmospheric oxidation reactions

  • XiaoPeng Wang
  • ShengRui Tong
  • MaoFa GeEmail author
  • WeiGang Wang
  • DianXun Wang
Article Environmental Chemistry


The electronic structures of six mono-terpenoids and two of their oxygenated derivatives were studied by He I photoelectron spectroscopy (PES). The observed bands were interpreted on the basis of empirical arguments and theoretical calculations. The first vertical ionization potentials for β-pinene, α-terpinene, terpinolene, γ-terpinene, limonene, myrcene, citral, and terpinene-4-ol were determined to be 8.73, 7.57, 8.26, 8.30, 8.53, 8.68, 8.71, and 8.77 eV, respectively. Most of these values have not been determined by PES before. The correlations of the first vertical ionization potentials of these compounds to the natural logarithms of rate constants for their reactions with the radicals OH, NO3, and O3 were determined. The correlation coefficients for their reactions with OH, NO3, and O3 were 0.97, 0.91, and 0.95, respectively. This method is a powerful technique for predicting the rate constants for the atmospheric oxidation reactions of terpenoids.


photoelectron spectroscopy ionization potential outer-valence Green’s function (OVGF) rate constant 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • XiaoPeng Wang
    • 1
  • ShengRui Tong
    • 1
  • MaoFa Ge
    • 1
    Email author
  • WeiGang Wang
    • 1
  • DianXun Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences (BNLMS), State Key Laboratory for Structural Chemistry of Unstable and Stable Species, Institute of ChemistryChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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