Destruction Chemistry of Mustard Simulants
Final rept. 19 Apr 2004-18 Apr 2008
CORNELL UNIV ITHACA NY OFFICE OF SPONSORED PROGRAMS
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This study investigates the destruction chemistry of organosulfur compounds under both pyrolytic and oxidative conditions. We focus on the destruction of alkyl sulfides that are surrogates for chemical warfare agents H, HD, and HT. We report our work on developing thermochemistry, reaction pathways and kinetic parameters for multiple chemical subsystems, using computational chemistry methods. We also report our experimental results from flow reactor experiments for pyrolysis and oxidation of two alkyl sulfides diethyl sulfide and ethyl methyl sulfide. A detailed, elementary reaction, mechanism has been developed to describe the pyrolysis and oxidation chemistry relevant to these compounds.
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
- Chemical, Biological and Radiological Warfare