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Reaction mechanism

  1. Mar 28, 2004 #1
    Hi, I need help with the following question:

    What are mechanisms of reactions that lead to the production of ground level ozone

    the chemical reaction is

    sunlight + VOCs + NOx -> Smog and Ozone

    can someone tell me waht the mechanism is or how to develope the mechanism
     
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  3. Mar 28, 2004 #2

    GCT

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    It might be listed under the environmental chemistry section in a standard principles of chemistry book (e.g. chemistry by raymond chang).
     
  4. Mar 28, 2004 #3

    Monique

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    It's a chain reaction set off by free radicals.. I'd have to look up the details, that is all that I remember :)
     
  5. Mar 28, 2004 #4

    Monique

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    Here is a little more info, it confirms my suspicion:

    "In the upper atmosphere free radicals are produced through dissociation of the source molecules, particularly the normally unreactive chlorofluorocarbons by solar ultraviolet radiation or by reactions with other stratospheric constituents. These free radicals then react with ozone in a catalytic chain reaction which destroys the ozone, but regenerates the free radical, allowing it to participate in additional reactions. Such reactions are believed to be the primary cause of depletion of the ozone layer and are the reason why the use of chlorofluorocarbons as refridgerants has been restricted."
     
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