Determination of rate constants for a thermoneutral H-abstraction reaction: Allylic hydrogen abstraction from 1,5-hexadiene by allyl radical

Can Huang, Peng Zhang, Jiaxing Wang, Shiqing Kang, Feng Zhang, Chung K. Law, Bin Yang

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Thermoneutral H-abstraction reactions, which involve the abstraction by resonantly stabilized radicals from olefins to form other resonantly stabilized radicals, have recently been found to be important in high temperature combustion. They will shift the distribution of resonantly stabilized radicals and affect the molecular weight growth kinetics, thus changing the prediction for aromatic species. A typical thermoneutral H-abstraction reaction: C3H5-A + 1,5- C6H10 = C3H6 + C6H9-A (R1), was studied. A rapid compression machine, together with a fast sampling technique, was used to study the high temperature kinetics of 1,5-hexadiene. Experimental conditions that could be used to derive the rate constant of R1 were first identified by sensitivity analysis of a kinetic model for 1,5-hexadiene combustion. The concentration of propene was highly sensitive to the rate constant of R1 over the temperature range of 893 K–1007 K at 25 bar. By fitting the measured propene profiles, the rate constant of R1 was deduced under selected conditions. Also, the concentration profiles of propene in 1,5-hexadiene pyrolysis from a flow reactor measurement and oxidation from a jet stirred reactor measurement were also used to derive the rate constant of R1 over wider temperature ranges. The rate coefficient of R1 was further calculated by ab initio transition state theory, with energies obtained at the level of DLPNO-CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pVTZ//B2PLYP/cc-pVTZ. The theoretical predictions were in good agreement with the experimentally derived rate constants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)861-869
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the Combustion Institute
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
Event38th International Symposium on Combustion, 2021 - Adelaide, Australia
Duration: Jan 24 2021Jan 29 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


  • 1,5-hexadiene
  • Allyl radical
  • Allylic hydrogen abstraction
  • Rapid compression machine
  • Transition state theory


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