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Radicals can play an important role in combustion chemistry as key intermediates. As such studying them is vital in the study of combustion chemistry. Our study focused on the production of the 1 and 2-propyl radical from heptane isomers. Radicals were produced by flash pyrolysis which was achieved by restively heating a silicon carbide tube through which a molecular beam passed. Strong field ionization was utilized to discriminate between the two propyl isomers. Results indicated the expected trend however the signal intensity was quite low with significant noise. Further improvements are needed to improve the quality as well as the quantity of the data.
Lingenfelter, Steven, "Isomer Detection Of Radicals Produced By The Flash Pyrolysis Of Heptane And Its Structural Isomers" (2015). Wayne State University Theses. 438.