1 Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet2 Administration, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet3 Department of Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark4 Department of Chemistry, University of Copenhagen5 Ford Motor Company6 University of Tokyo7 University of Toronto8 Administration, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Københavns Universitet9 University of Tokyo
hydration, dehydration, and kinetics and mechanism of Cl atom and OH radical initiated oxidation
Smog chamber/Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) techniques were used to measure k(Cl+C(x)F(2x+1)CH(OH)(2)) (x = 1, 3, 4) = (5.84 +/- 0.92) x 10(-13) and k(OH+C(x)F(2x+1)CH(OH)(2)) = (1.22 +/- 0.26) x 10(-13) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1) in 700 Torr of N(2) or air at 296 +/- 2 K. The Cl initiated oxidation of CF(3)CH(OH)(2) in 700 Torr of air gave CF(3)COOH in a molar yield of 101 +/- 6%. IR spectra of C(x)F(2x+1)CH(OH)(2) (x = 1, 3, 4) were recorded and are presented. An upper limit of k(CF(3)CHO+H(2)O) <2 x 10(-23) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1) was established for the gas-phase hydration of CF(3)CHO. Bubbling CF(3)CHO/air mixtures through liquid water led to >80% conversion of CF(3)CHO into the hydrate within the approximately 2 s taken for passage through the bubbler. These results suggest that OH radical initiated oxidation of C(x)F(2x+1)CH(OH)(2) hydrates could be a significant source of perfluorinated carboxylic acids in the environment.
Journal of Physical Chemistry Part A: Molecules, Spectroscopy, Kinetics, Environment and General Theory, 2006, Vol 110, Issue 32, p. 9854-60