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Kinetic and thermochemical studies of the ClO + ClO + M <-> Cl2O2 + M reaction

Ferracci, V; Rowley, DM; (2010) Kinetic and thermochemical studies of the ClO + ClO + M <-> Cl2O2 + M reaction. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics , 12 (37) pp. 11596-11608. 10.1039/c0cp00308e.

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Recent work by von Hobe et al. has highlighted significant inconsistencies between laboratory results, theoretical calculations and field observations concerning the ClO dimer ozone destruction cycle. This work investigates the temperature dependence of the equilibrium constant of one of the key reactions in this cycle, ClO + ClO + M <-> Cl2O2 + M (1, −1), by means of laser flash photolysis and time-resolved UV absorption spectroscopy. ClO radicals were generated via laser flash photolysis of Cl2/Cl2O mixtures in synthetic air. Radicals were monitored via UV absorption spectroscopy: the use of a charge coupled device (CCD) detector allowed time resolution over a broad range of wavelengths giving unequivocal concentrations of radicals. The equilibrium constant Keq was determined as the ratio of the rate constants of the forward and reverse reaction (1, −1) over the temperature range T = 256.55 – 312.65 K. Second Law and Third Law thermodynamic methods were employed to determine the standard enthalpy and entropy changes of reaction (1), ΔrH° and ΔrS°, from the measured equilibrium constants. The values obtained from Second Law analysis were ΔrH° = − 80.7 ± 2.2 kJ mol−1 and ΔrS°= − 168.1 ± 7.8 J K−1 mol−1. Third Law analysis gave ΔrH° = − 74.65 ± 0.4 kJ mol−1 and ΔrS°= − 148.0 ± 0.4 J K−1 mol−1. These values are in good agreement with previous work by Nickolaisen et al. but greater in (negative) magnitude than current JPL-NASA recommendations. The atmospheric implications of the results and their impact on the current understanding on polar ozone depletion are briefly discussed.

Type: Article
Title: Kinetic and thermochemical studies of the ClO + ClO + M <-> Cl2O2 + M reaction
Location: UK
DOI: 10.1039/c0cp00308e
Publisher version: http://www.rsc.org/
Keywords: Atmospheric Chemistry, ClO Dimer Cycle, Ozone Depletion
UCL classification: UCL > School of BEAMS
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1314688
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