Kinetics of the thermal decomposition of methoxybenzene (anisole)

J. C. Mackie*, K. R. Doolan, P. F. Nelson

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

70 Citations (Scopus)


The thermal decomposition of anisole vapor dilute in argon has been studied in a perfectly stirred reactor over the temperature range 850-1000 K and at total pressures of (16-120) × 10-3 atm. Decomposition of anisole takes place principally by the reaction C6H5OCH3→C6H5O+CH3, for which the rate constant k1 was found to be (2.9±1.0) ×1015 exp(-64.0±0.6 kcal mol-1/RT)s-1. Phenoxy radicals thus generated may decompose unimolecularly to cyclopentadienyl radicals and CO or react with methyl radicals to form cresols. Phenol is also an important secondary product. Most of the product oxygen originally contained in anisole is found in phenolic compounds rather than in carbon monoxide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-670
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes


Dive into the research topics of 'Kinetics of the thermal decomposition of methoxybenzene (anisole)'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this