Chemiluminescence in the thermal decomposition of di(tert-butyl) trioxide

S. L. Khursan, V. V. Shereshovets, A. F. Khalizov, A. I. Voloshin, V. D. Komissarov, V. P. Kazakov

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Intense chemiluminescence (CL) in the visible and IR regions arising during the thermal decomposition of di(tert-butyl) trioxide has been observed. The decomposition rate constants have been determined. The emitter of CL in the IR region is singlet oxygen, that of CL in the visible region is triplet excited acetone. Kinetic and spectral data and thermochemical and MNDO calculations point to a homolytic mechanism of decomposition. The formation of the CL emitters occurs in the reactions of radicals that arise upon the decay of di(tert-butyl) trioxide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1968-1971
Number of pages4
JournalRussian Chemical Bulletin
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry


  • chemiluminescence, singlet oxygen
  • trioxides, mechanism of decomposition


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