The Journal of chemical physics

Ultraviolet photodissociation dynamics of the n-propyl and i-propyl radicals.

PMID 26071709


Ultraviolet (UV) photodissociation dynamics of jet-cooled n-propyl (n-C3H7) radical via the 3s Rydberg state and i-propyl (i-C3H7) radical via the 3p Rydberg states are studied in the photolysis wavelength region of 230-260 nm using high-n Rydberg atom time-of-flight and resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization techniques. The H-atom photofragment yield spectra of the n-propyl and i-propyl radicals are broad and in good agreement with the UV absorption spectra. The H + propene product translational energy distributions, P(E(T))'s, of both n-propyl and i-propyl are bimodal, with a slow component peaking around 5-6 kcal/mol and a fast one peaking at ∼50 kcal/mol (n-propyl) and ∼45 kcal/mol (i-propyl). The fraction of the average translational energy in the total excess energy, 〈f(T)〉, is 0.3 for n-propyl and 0.2 for i-propyl, respectively. The H-atom product angular distributions of the slow components of n-propyl and i-propyl are isotropic, while that of the fast component of n-propyl is anisotropic (with an anisotropy parameter ∼0.8) and that of i-propyl is nearly isotropic. Site-selective loss of the β hydrogen atom is confirmed using the partially deuterated CH3CH2CD2 and CH3CDCH3 radicals. The bimodal translational energy and angular distributions indicate two dissociation pathways to the H + propene products in the n-propyl and i-propyl radicals: (i) a unimolecular dissociation pathway from the hot ground-state propyl after internal conversion from the 3s and 3p Rydberg states and (ii) a direct, prompt dissociation pathway coupling the Rydberg excited states to a repulsive part of the ground-state surface, presumably via a conical intersection.