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UV irradiation of benzene in N2 matrix: A relevant study for titan's chemistry

Abstract : We report in this contribution the first photochemical study of benzene trapped in solid nitrogen at low temperature (16 K) and irradiated with a mercury lamp (λ > 230 nm). We identify three benzene isomers (fulvene, Dewar benzene and benzvalene) and two radicals (phenyl and benzyne) as photo-dissociation products, along with acetylene derivatives and substituted benzene. We present for the first time the infrared spectrum of fulvene trapped in benzene ice, which is obtained after nitrogen sublimation. This solid-state characterization could be particularly useful for a better understanding of the photochemical fate of benzene ices recently detected in Titan's atmosphere.
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J. Mouzay, N. Piétri, I. Couturier-Tamburelli, T. Chiavassa. UV irradiation of benzene in N2 matrix: A relevant study for titan's chemistry. Journal of Molecular Structure, Elsevier, 2021, 1237, pp.130296. ⟨10.1016/j.molstruc.2021.130296⟩. ⟨hal-03662567⟩



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