Gas Phase Thermal Decomposition of tert-Butyl Alcohol

David Lewis, Mark Keil, Michael Sarr

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The homogeneous, gas phase, thermal decomposition of tert-butyl alcohol to isobutene and water was studied in a single-pulse shock tube. The comparative rate technique was used, with the decyclization of cyclohexene to ethylene and 1,3-butadiene serving as the internal standard reaction. Over the temperature range 920- 1175 °K, the comparative rate data for unimolecular tert-butyl alcohol decomposition were fit well by the expression log k (sec-1) = 14.6 - (66.2 ⨯ 103/4.58 T°K).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4398-4404
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 1 1974

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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