Free Radicals and Reactive Molecules in Clathrate Cavities

Science  18 Oct 1963:
Vol. 142, Issue 3590, pp. 378-379
DOI: 10.1126/science.142.3590.378


Reactive molecules and free radicals, when located in the cavities of the water clathrate lattice, can be prevented from recombining at temperatures almost up to the decomposition point of the lattice. The active species are produced by selective photochemical dissociation of the guest molecules in the clathrate compounds. Data taken from water clathrates of H2S, CH3SH, and C2H5SH suggest that S2, CH3S and C2H5S can be preserved in this way.