Dissociation dynamics of FCO and HCO radicals

J. S. Francisco, A. N. Goldstein, I. H. Williams

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Dissociation energies and barriers to dissociation for XCO→X + CO have been calculated for X̃2A′ and à 2π states of FCO and HCO by ab initio molecular orbital methods. At the PUMP4//UMP2/6-311G* level, D298° (F-CO) = 22.3 kcal mol-1 and ΛH298 = 24.2 kcal mol-1 for dissociation of ground-state FCO; these values are much higher than the corresponding bond energy and activation enthalpy for HCO dissociation. Calculated RRKM rate constants suggests that the lifetime of FCO under stratospheric conditions is sufficient to allow bimolecular reactions to compete with dissociation. Reaction with O2 may provide an in situ source of stratospheric CO2.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3044-3049
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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