Well-known oxidation mechanism also operative in the atmosphere – with far-reaching effects

Leipzig. It is already known since 1875 that hydrocarbons can be oxidized by oxygen. Up to now, this so-called “autoxidation process” has been investigated solely in the condensed phase. An international team of scientists with participation of the Leibniz-Instituts für Troposphärenforschung (TROPOS) provided evidence for the importance of this process in the atmosphere as well. Laboratory experiments have been conducted with latest analytical techniques allowing to discover the reaction mechanism of autoxidation as far as possible. This mechanism describes how hydrocarbons from vegetation are converted to products with up to 12 O-atoms at a time scale of seconds.
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