Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1984, 49, 231-234

cw CO2 laser photosensitited decomposition of cyclohexane

Josef Pola

Institute of Chemical Process Fundamentals, Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, 165 02 Prague 6 - Suchdol


The cw CO2 laser photosensitized (SF6) decomposition of cyclohexane affords high yields of ethylene and butadiene along with minor amounts of propene, methane and ethane. The products distribution is very slightly altered with the reaction progress. The process is shown to have practical importance, and its course different from conventional pyrolysis is inferred to come from the absence of surface effects.