Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rate: A shock tube study using tunable laser absorption of H2O near 2.5 μm

Zekai Hong*, Aamir Farooq, Ethan A. Barbour, David F. Davidson, Ronald K. Hanson

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The thermal decomposition of hydrogen peroxide was measured behind reflected shock waves in hydrogen peroxide/inert gas mixtures using a sensitive laser diagnostic for water vapor. In these mixtures, the formation rate of water is predominantly controlled by the decomposition rate of hydrogen peroxide. Rate determinations were made over a temperature range of 1000-1200 K and a pressure range of 0.9-3.2 atm for both argon and nitrogen carrier gases. Good detection sensitivity for water was achieved using tunable diode laser absorption of water at 2550.96 nm within its v3 fundamental band. Hydrogen peroxide decomposition rates were found to be independent of pressure at 0.9 and 1.7 atm and showed only slight influence of pressure at 3.2 atm. The best fit of the current data to the low-pressure-limit rate for H 2O2 dissociation in argon bath gas is k1.0 = 1015.97±010 exp(-21 220 ± 250 K/T) [cm3 mol-1 s-1] (1000-1200 K). Experiments conducted in a nitrogen bath gas show a relative collision efficiency of argon to nitrogen of 0.67.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12919-12925
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number46
StatePublished - Nov 19 2009

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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