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Simulating the initial stage of phenolic resin carbonization via the ReaxFF reactive force field



Simulating the initial stage of phenolic resin carbonization via the ReaxFF reactive force field



Journal of Physical Chemistry. a 113(25): 6891-6894



Pyrolysis of phenolic resins leads to carbon formation. Simulating this resin-to-carbon process atomistically is a daunting task. In this paper, we attempt to model the initial stage of this process by using the ReaxFF reactive force field, which bridges quantum mechanical and molecular mechanical methods. We run molecular dynamics simulations to examine the evolution of small molecules at different temperatures. The main small-molecule products found include H(2)O, H(2), CO, and C(2)H(2). We find multiple pathways leading to H(2)O formation, including a frequent channel via beta-H elimination, which has not been proposed before. We determine the reaction barrier for H(2)O formation from the reaction rates obtained at different temperatures. We also discuss the relevance of our simulations to previous experimental observations. This work represents a first attempt to model the resin-to-carbon process atomistically.

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Accession: 055783718

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PMID: 19496580

DOI: 10.1021/jp902986u


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