|標題:||On the hypergolicity of trimethyl aluminum in air|
|作者:||Pham, Tien, V|
Nguyen, Hue M. T.
Lin, M. C.
National Chiao Tung University
Department of Applied Chemistry
|關鍵字:||(CH3)(3)Al;O-2;CH3Al(O)OCH3;Hypergolic phenomenon;Potential energy surface|
|摘要:||A theoretical study on the mechanisms and kinetics of the reaction of (CH3)(3)Al (TMA), an important industrial compound, with O-2 has been carried out at the CCSD(T)/6-311 + +G(3df,2p)//B3LYP/6-311 + + G(3df,2p) level in conjunction with the conventional transition state theory (TST) calculations. The potential energy surface (PES) of the reaction indicates that the TMA + O-2 system has two pathways leading to different product pairs: the first one passes through a tight transition state with a high energy barrier, 16.9 kcal/mol, producing (CH3)(2)AlO2 + CH3 and the other one goes via a loose roaming-like transition state with a much lower energy barrier, 6.8 kcal/mol, yielding CH3Al(O)OCH3 + CH3. The barrier predicted for the former was found to be too high for combustion initiation under the ambient condition. The latter, however, may play a key role in initiating the hypergolic reaction of TMA in the air. Rate constants for both channels have been calculated for the temperature range of 300-2000 K. The pressure-independent rate constant for the TMA + O-2 reaction via the loose transition state is predicted to be k(T) = 3.05 x 10(-21)T(3.003) exp( - 3226.1/T) cm(3) molecule(-1) s(-1); this result gives the half-life of TMA in air under the ambient condition to be as short as 1.7 x 10(-2) s, which is sufficiently short for the hypergolic combustion initiation without even considering the ensuing rapid radical chain reactions.|
|期刊:||COMPUTATIONAL AND THEORETICAL CHEMISTRY|
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