Date of Graduation

Spring 5-22-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemistry


College of Arts and Sciences



First Advisor

Dr. Giovanni Meloni

Second Advisor

Dr. William Melaugh

Third Advisor

Dr. Ryan West


The oxidation reactions of 2-methylfuran (2MF) and 2-ethylfuran (2EF) initiated by Cl radicals is studied at the low temperatures, in addition to the determination of the absolute photoionization cross-sections of 2EF, 2-acetylfuran, and furfural. These experiments are carried out using synchrotron photoionization mass spectrometry (SPIMS) with an orthogonal time-of-flight spectrometer used for mass analysis at the Advanced Light Source of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. CBS-QB3 calculated adiabatic ionization energies (AIE) agree well with the experimental results and published literature values. Furfural is found to be the dominant product of 2MF oxidation, with 2-acetylfuran and 2-vinylfuran being the dominant products of the 2EF oxidation reaction. Additional experiments are employed to observe how 2MF would act as an aerosol in the atmosphere.