Accession Number:

AD0755109

Title:

Flash Photolysis of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene Solutions

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

PICATINNY ARSENAL DOVER NJ

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

Flash photolysis of aerated 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene TNT solutions indicates a photochemically induced isomerization leading to the aci-nitro isomer AH of TNT with an absorption maximum of 460 nm in nonpolar solvents, or the anion A- of the aci-nitro isomer of TNT, with absorption maxima at 500, 540, and 630 nm in polar liquid media. The pK of the acid-base equilibrium AHA- H was measured and found to be equal to -0.93. Both species, AH and A-, have transient existence, and their identification was based on the detailed spectroscopic and kinetic studies presented here.

Subject Categories:

  • Radiation and Nuclear Chemistry

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE