“Cl-Initiated Photo-Oxidation Studies of Methyl Valerate and Methyl Isovalerate under Tropospheric Relevant Conditions”
R. Kaipara & B. Rajakumar. J. Phys. Chem. A. 2020, 124 (13), 2515-2529.

Rate coefficients for the reactions of Methyl valerate (MV) and Methyl Isovalerate (MIV) were investigated using Relative Rate technique (RR) in the temperature range of 268-363 K and at 760 Torr of N2. The rate coefficients at 298±2 K were measured to be kMV + Cl = (1.69±0.40) × 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 and kMIV + Cl = (1.06±0.23) × 10-10 cm3 molecule-1 s-1 respectively. To comprehend the experimentally measured rate coefficients, kinetic parameters for the title reactions were computed at the CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ//BHandHLYP/6-311+G(d,p) level of theory over the temperature range of 200-400 K using Canonical Variational Transition State theory (CVT) in conjunction with Small Curvature Tunneling (SCT) corrections and Interpolated Single Point Energy (ISPE) method. Additionally, the degradation mechanisms were proposed based on the analyzed products. Moreover, to further understand the atmospheric fate of these molecules in the troposphere, atmospheric lifetimes, Radiative Forcings (RFs) and Global Warming Potentials (GWPs) were calculated.