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The Photo-Oxidation of Carbon Tetrachloride


Lyons, Ernest Herbert, Jr. (1933) The Photo-Oxidation of Carbon Tetrachloride. Master's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/ZC4V-5J32.


1. It has been shown that carbon tetrachloride is not decomposed by light of wavelength 2537 ångstroms.

2. It has been shown that light of wavelength 2537 ångstroms produces an oxidation of carbon tetrachloride according to the reaction

CCl4 + ½O2 → COCl2 + Cl2

It has been shown that one molecule of carbon tetrachloride is decomposed per quantum of light absorbed. A possible mechanism for this reaction has been given.

3. The difficulty of purifying carbon tetrachloride for photochemical work has been pointed out.

4. Evidence suggesting a photochemical hydrolysis of carbon tetrachloride has been given.

Item Type:Thesis (Master's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Chemistry
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
Major Option:Chemistry
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Dickinson, Roscoe Gilkey
Thesis Committee:
  • Unknown, Unknown
Defense Date:1 January 1933
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:02282017-090332720
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ID Code:10071
Deposited By: Benjamin Perez
Deposited On:28 Feb 2017 18:12
Last Modified:16 Aug 2023 23:09

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