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Published August 1985 | public
Journal Article

Direct study of the catalytic decomposition of chlorine and chloromethanes over carbon films


The decompositions of chlorine and chloromethanes over pyrolytic carbon surfaces have been studied by modulated beam mass spectrometry in a low-pressure flow reactor between 850–1280 K. Whereas CH_3Cl is thoroughly stable, molecular chlorine readily dissociates by a first-order process with an activation energy about a half of its bond energy. The decompositions of CH_2Cl_2 and CCl_4 over clean silica surfaces initially display marked autoacceleration associated with the formation of soot on reactor walls and reach limiting rates which are much faster than those predicted for their homogeneous pyrolysis under the same conditions.

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© 1985 John Wiley & Sons. Received December 11, 1984; Accepted January 21, 1985. This work was supported with grants from CIC, SUBCYT, and CONICET of Argentina.

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