Date of Award

6-1971

Document Type

Union College Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Chemistry

Language

English

Abstract

Aqueous solutions of dichloromethane have been irradiated with a cobalt-60 gaama source. Products of the radiolysis have been determined in order to formulate the emchanism of the radiation induced decomposition. Chemical studies have shown that hydrocholoric acid and hydrogen peroxide are two of the major products of the radiolysis. Traces of formaldehyde have also been found. The effect of oxygen and dichloromethane concentrations on product yields was determined. It has been found that the product yields are independent of dose rate. The Proposed mechanism is initiatied by the hydrated electron and the hydroxyl radical - both products of the radiolysis of water.

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