Atmospheric oxidation of carbon disulfide (CS2)

Zhe Zeng, Mohammednoor Altarawneh, Bogdan Z. Dlugogorski

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This contribution investigates primary steps governing the OH-initiated atmospheric oxidation of CS2. Our approach comprises high-level density functional theory calculation of energies and optimisation of molecular structures as well as RRKM-ME analysis for estimating pressure-dependent reaction rate constants. We find the overall reaction OH + CS2→ OCS + SH too slow to account for the formation of the reported experimental products. The initial reaction of OH with CS2proceeds to produce an S-adduct, SCS(OH). Species-formation history for the system OH + CS2indicates that, the S-adduct represents the most plausible product with a barrier-less addition process and a stability amounting to 48.5 kJ/mol, in reference to the separated reactants. This adduct then undergoes a bimolecular reaction with atmospheric O2yielding OCS and HOSO, rather than dissociating back into its separated reactants. We also find that further atmospheric oxidation of the C-adduct (if formed) yields two of the major experimental products namely OCS and SO2. The kinetic analysis provided in this study explains the atmospheric fate of reduced sulfur species, an important S-bearing group in the global cycle of sulfur.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-48
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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