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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Oct 31;103(44):16079-82. Epub 2006 Oct 17.

Photodissociation of acetaldehyde as a second example of the roaming mechanism.

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  • 1Department of Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA. plh2@cornell.edu

Abstract

Product state distributions of the CO produced in the 308-nm photolysis of acetaldehyde show clear evidence of two dissociation mechanisms. One is attributed to the conventional transition state mechanism predicted by theory, with high rotational and translational energy of the CO and a pronounced v(perpendicular)J vector correlation. However, as much as 15% of the reaction flux proceeds via another pathway that produces low CO rotational and translational energy, very high CH(4) internal energy, and no correlation between the CO velocity and angular momentum vectors. The attributes of this channel are dynamically similar to the recently reported "roaming atom" mechanism in formaldehyde. We therefore speculate that the second pathway in acetaldehyde also occurs via a roaming mechanism in the CH(3) + HCO exit channel that decays into the CH(4) + CO channel.

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