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How does the extent of substitution of methane with chlorine influence the mechanism and kinetics of the reactions between chloromethanes and atomic chlorine


A theoretical investigation of the reaction mechanism and kinetics of the reaction between chloromethanes CH4–x Cl x (x = 1–3) and chlorine atoms was performed. The height of the reaction barrier was found to decrease with the degree of substitution of chloromethanes with atomic chlorine. A direct dynamics method was employed to study the kinetic nature of these hydrogen-abstraction reactions. The sequence of calculated reaction rate coefficients is: k(CH3Cl + Cl) < k(CH2Cl2 + Cl) < k(CHCl3 + Cl).

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Yu, A.Y., Hu, Q.M. & Yang, R. How does the extent of substitution of methane with chlorine influence the mechanism and kinetics of the reactions between chloromethanes and atomic chlorine. Kinet Catal 57, 145–153 (2016).

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  • rate coefficients
  • variational transition state theory
  • hydrogen abstraction
  • reaction pathway