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Reaction between CH3C(O)OOH (peracetic acid) and OH in the gas-phase: A combined experimental and theoretical study of the kinetics and mechanism

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Berasategui,  Matias
Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Amedro,  Damien
Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Lelieveld,  Jos
Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Crowley,  John N.
Atmospheric Chemistry, Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Max Planck Society;

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Berasategui, M., Amedro, D., Vereecken, L., Lelieveld, J., & Crowley, J. N. (2020). Reaction between CH3C(O)OOH (peracetic acid) and OH in the gas-phase: A combined experimental and theoretical study of the kinetics and mechanism. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 20(21), 13541-13555. doi:10.5194/acp-20-13541-2020.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0007-A364-0
Abstract
Peracetic acid (CH3C(O)OOH) is one of the most abundant organic peroxides in the atmosphere; yet the kinetics of its reaction with OH, believed to be the major sink, have only been studied once experimentally. In this work we combine a pulsed-laser photolysis kinetic study of the title reaction with theoretical calculations of the rate coefficient and mechanism. We demonstrate that the rate coefficient is orders of magnitude lower than previously determined, with an experimentally derived upper limit of 4×10−14 cm3 molec.−1 s−1. The relatively low rate coefficient is in good agreement with the theoretical result of 3×10−14 cm3 molec.−1 s−1 at 298 K, increasing to ∼6×10−14 cm3 molec.−1 s−1 in the cold upper troposphere but with associated uncertainty of a factor of 2. The reaction proceeds mainly via abstraction of the peroxidic hydrogen via a relatively weakly bonded and short-lived prereaction complex, in which H abstraction occurs only slowly due to a high barrier and low tunnelling probabilities. Our results imply that the lifetime of CH3C(O)OOH with respect to OH-initiated degradation in the atmosphere is of the order of 1 year (not days as previously believed) and that its major sink in the free and upper troposphere is likely to be photolysis, with deposition important in the boundary layer.