A shock tube kinetic study on the branching ratio of methanol + OH reaction

L. Dapeng, B.R. Giri, A. Farooq
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute, (2019)

A shock tube kinetic study on the branching ratio of methanol + OH reaction


Methanol, Hydroxyl radicals, Shock tube, Site-specific rates, Branching ratio


Methanol (CH3OH) is the simplest alcohol and is considered to be a future fuel, produced by solar-driven reduction of carbon dioxide. The reaction of methanol and hydroxyl radicals is important in both combustion and atmospheric systems because this reaction is the dominant consumption pathway for methanol oxidation. Hydrogen abstraction at the CH3 or OH site of CH3OH leads to different radical intermediates. The relative importance of these two channels is critical for combustion modeling as the subsequent chemistries of the product radicals (CH3O and CH2OH) are markedly different. In this work, we measured overall rate coefficients for the reaction of methanol (CH3OH), methanol-d3 (CD3OH) and methanol-d1 (CH2DOH) with OH radicals over the temperature range of 900 − 1300 K and pressures near 1.3 atm by employing shock tube/UV laser absorption technique. Combining our results with literature data, we recommend following three-parameter Arrhenius expressions (cm3 molecule−1 s−1):

k1 (CH3OH + OH) = 3.25 x 10-13(T/300K)2.55 exp(297.8K/T) 210 - 1344 K
k2 (CD3OH+OH) = 4.69 x 10-13 (T/300K)2.24 exp(-59.8K/T) 293-1287 K
Using our measured total rate coefficients, we determined site-specific H-abstraction rate coefficients and hence, branching ratios of the two abstraction channels. Our results show that abstraction at the CH3 site is the dominant channel, contributing more than 80% throughout our temperature range. Our calculated site-specific rate coefficients (per H atom) over 900–1300 K are given by (cm3 molecule−1 s−1):
kH1a(CH2Ochannel) = 2.55 x 10-11 exp (-2287.1K/T)
k1b(CH3Ochannel) = 4.30 x 10-11 exp (-3463.2K/T)


DOI: 10.1016/j.proci.2018.05.179


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