The high temperature oxidation of the methyl side chain of toluene

K. Brezinsky, T. A. Litzinger, I. Glassman

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From the results of order of magnitude analyses, it is concluded that during the oxidation of toluene, radical‐atom and radical‐radical reactions (1) and (3) play an unusually important and approximately equal role in the formation of benzaldehyde, an intermediate that leads eventually to the complete removal of the side chain. (Formula Presented.) An additional radical‐radical system, reaction (2), is shown to be the most likely source of benzyl alcohol observed during toluene oxidation. (Formula Presented.)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1074
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Chemical Kinetics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1984

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biochemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry


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