Quantum Yield for Production of CH3NC in the Photolysis of CH3NCS

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Science  14 Jan 1994:
Vol. 263, Issue 5144, pp. 205-207
DOI: 10.1126/science.263.5144.205


The ultraviolet spectrum of methyl isothiocyanate (CH3NCS) and the quantum yield for its dissociation into methyl isocyanide (CH3NC) and atomic sulfur at 308 nanometers, Φ = 0.98 ± 0.24, were measured. Methyl isothiocyanate is widely used as an agricultural fumigant and readily enters the atmosphere during and after application. The results indicate that photodissociation by sunlight is an effective pathway for its removal from the atmosphere.