Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
During the technical important combustion of SiCl4 with oxygen [SiCl4(g) + O2(g) = SiO2(s) + 2·Cl2(g)] many intermediates have been detected in the past. However, the presence of the primary species O=SiCl2 has been discussed controversially until today. With the help of matrix isolation technique we have now been successful to monitor O=SiCl2 via its IR spectrum. With the help of quantum chemical calculations the thermodynamic data have been calculated first. On this basis it was possible to find the optimal conditions to trap OSiCl2 from the high-temperature equilibrium. Furthermore it could be shown via IR spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations, that the radical OSiCl does not play a significant role within this combustion process.
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