Date of Graduation

Summer 8-30-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemistry


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Giovanni Meloni, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Tami Spector, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Osasere Evbuomwan, Ph.D.


This work describes the oxidation behavior of biofuels, Alpha Angelica Lactone, and Propargyl Alcohol through combustion experiments conducted at the chemical Dynamics Beamline 9.0.2 of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) situated at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (LBNL) in Berkeley, CA. The combustion process of these two biofuels was initiated by O(3P), and they were analyzed using a multiplexed chemical kinetics photoionization mass spectrometer with tunable synchrotron radiation. The primary products of these two reactions were identified by kinetic time traces and characterized using the photoionization spectra.

The initial chapter of this work describes the importance of using biofuels instead of fossil fuels. In Chapter 2, the specific experimental components of the beamlines at the ALS are explained. The theory behind these experiments and the computational methods for analyzing data have been discussed in Chapter 3. Chapters 4 and 5 present the combustion of Alpha Angelica Lactone and Propargyl alcohol, respectively, and identify the primary products of these reactions.

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