Gas phase reaction of OH radicals with (E)-β-farnesene at 296 ± 2 K: Rate coefficient and carbonyl products

I. Kourtchev, I. Bejan, J.R. Sodeau, J.C. Wenger

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The gas phase reaction of OH radicals with (E)-β-farnesene was investigated in a 3.91 m3 atmospheric simulation chamber at 296 ± 2 K and atmospheric pressure. The relative rate method was used to determine the reaction rate coefficient of (1.71 ± 0.21) × 10−10 cm3 molecule−1 s−1. Gas phase carbonyl products were collected using a denuder sampling technique and analyzed with GC/MS following derivatization with O-(2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorobenzyl) hydroxylamine (PFBHA). The reaction products detected were acetone, 4-oxopentanal, 4-methylenehex-5-enal, 6-methylhept-5-en-2-one and (E)-4-methyl-8-methylenedeca-4,9-dienal. A minor reaction product with MW 112 was tentatively identified as 4-oxohex-5-enal or 2-methylenepentanedial. A mechanism for the OH radical-initiated oxidation of (E)-β-farnesene is proposed, which accounts for all of the products observed in this study. The results of this work indicate that the atmospheric reaction of (E)-β-farnesene with OH radicals has a lifetime of around 1 h and is a potential source of the ubiquitous carbonyls, acetone, 4-oxopentanal and 6-methylhept-5-en-2-one in the atmosphere.

► Kinetics of the reactions of (E)-β-farnesene with OH radicals has been measured. ► A number of carbonyl compounds have been determined as reaction products. ► A reaction mechanism has been proposed to explain the majority of the products. ► The atmospheric implications of the results are considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-345
Number of pages8
JournalAtmospheric Environment
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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