Photolysis of Formaldehyde as a Hydrogen Atom Source in the Lower Atmosphere

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Science  18 Feb 1972:
Vol. 175, Issue 4023, pp. 751-752
DOI: 10.1126/science.175.4023.751


The rates of formaldehyde photodecomposition into hydrogen and formyl radicals and hydrogen and carbon monoxide molecules in sunlightirradiated atmospheres have been estimated from extinction data and photochemical results. These data should prove useful in the development of models for the chemical changes that take place in the polluted atmosphere.