OXIDATION OF UNSATURATED HYDROCARBONS.
Final rept., 1 Oct 61-30 Sep 63,
STANFORD RESEARCH INST MENLO PARK CALIF
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Research effort for the last two years has been directed principally toward product studies of low temperature, liquid-phase olefin oxidations. Pure hydrocarbons were utilized where possible, azo initiators employed, and conversions limited to 5. We have attempted to correlate the hydroperoxide produced with the remaining products found and to assign relative rates for two chain propagation reactions. A secondary effort was the study of autocatalysis in oxidation. Cyclopentene was chosen as a model compound, since its oxidation mechanism is the simplest of the olefins studied. Decomposition and initiating properties of hydroperoxides also received attention. Author