Journal article

The C7H5 Fulvenallenyl Radical as a Combustion Intermediate: Potential New Pathways to Two- and Three-Ring PAHS

Gabriel da Silva, Joseph W Bozzelli

JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A | AMER CHEMICAL SOC | Published : 2009

Abstract

This study proposes the existence of a new, highly resonantly stabilized free radical, fulvenallenyl (C7H5). Fulvenallenyl forms from dissociation or abstraction of the weak H atoms in the C7H6 compounds fulvenallene and 1-ethynylcyclopentadiene, which were recently identified as intermediates in the combustion of aromatic fuels and in sooting flames. The fulvenallenyl radical shares properties of the propargyl and cyclopentadienyl radicals, and like these species, we propose that fulvenallenyl has a significant resonance stabilization energy. This resonance energy is lost upon further reaction, making the fulvenallenyl radical resistant to oxidation and thermal decomposition. As with the re..

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