Hydrogen Atom Catalyzed Isomerization of Aromatic Compounds

Mark Nimlos, Jonathan Filley, J. Thomas Mckinnon

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Isomerization of aromatic compounds plays an important role in the formation of flame-synthesized fullerenes, nanotubes, and in the growth of soot during combustion. Another model annealing reaction was the isomerization of azulene to naphthalene. Using DFT calculations, that rearrangements of 5.6-rings and 5.7-rings in simple compounds that are designed to model more complex rearrangements in fullerenes had barriers that are significantly lowered by the addition of an H-atom to the rearranging framework. Since H atoms existed in high concentrations in flame environments, this represented a possible low energy catalytic pathway for the SW and related rearrangements in fullerenes. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 227th ACS National Meeting (Anaheim, CA 3/28/2004-4/1/2004).

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2004
Event227th ACS National Meeting - Anaheim, California
Duration: 28 Mar 20041 Apr 2004


Conference227th ACS National Meeting
CityAnaheim, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-510-35413


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