Aqueous-phase nitration of phenol by N2O5 and C1N02

Heal, Matthew R.; Harrison, Mark A. J.; Cape, J. Neil. 2007 Aqueous-phase nitration of phenol by N2O5 and C1N02. Atmospheric Environment, 41 (17). 3515-3520.

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Nitrophenols are present in the atmospheric gas phase and in cloud and rainwater. Their formation via aqueous-phase reactions of phenol with the nitronium ion, NO2+, arising from N2O5 and ClNO2 partitioning into the aqueous phase, has been proposed but not verified experimentally. Here, we demonstrate for the first time that gaseous N2O5 and ClNO2 partitioning into dilute aqueous solutions of phenol yields 2- and 4-nitrophenol (and 4-nitrosophenol), but no dinitrophenol isomers. The rate of nitration does not vary significantly between 5 and 20 °C, presumably because of opposing temperature dependences in Henry's law partitioning and reaction rate coefficients. The rate coefficient for reaction of NO2+ with phenol could not be directly quantified but is evidently large enough for this reaction to compete effectively with the reaction between NO2+ and water and to provide a feasible route to nitrophenol production in the atmosphere.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biogeochemistry
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Billett (to November 2013)
ISSN: 1352-2310
Additional Keywords: tropospheric chemistry, heterogeneous chemistry, nitrosation, nitronium ion
NORA Subject Terms: Atmospheric Sciences
Date made live: 18 Dec 2007 15:34 +0 (UTC)

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