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Bulletin of the Korean Chemical Society (BKCS)

ISSN 0253-2964(Print)
ISSN 1229-5949(Online)
Volume 31, Number 9
BKCSDE 31(9)
September 20, 2010 

Rearrangement of Benzyl-type Radical in Corona Discharge of 2,6-Dichlorotoluene
Young Wook Yoon, Seung Woon Lee, Sang Kuk Lee*
Molecular rearrangement, Corona discharge, Chlorobenzyl radical
Using a pinhole-type glass nozzle equipped for a corona-excited supersonic expansion (CESE), precursor 2,6-dichlorotoluene seeded in a large amount of inert carrier gas helium was discharged to produce jet-cooled but electronically excited benzyl-type radicals. The visible vibronic emission spectrum was recorded with a long-path monochromator to observe vibronic bands in the D1 → D0 electronic transition of benzyl-type radicals. The spectral analysis revealed the generation of not only the 2,6-dichlorobenzyl radical as a typical product, but also the o-chlorobenzyl radical as an unexpected species, which indicates the possible molecular rearrangement in eliminating a chlorine atom from the benzene ring. A possible mechanism is proposed for the formation of the o-chlorobenzyl radical from the precurs or in the gas phase.
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