Ultrasound Chemical Effects on Pure Organic Liquids

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Science  03 Dec 1965:
Vol. 150, Issue 3701, pp. 1288-1289
DOI: 10.1126/science.150.3701.1288


Molecular fragmentation of organic liquids was produced by cavitation due to ultrasound waves, even in the absence of water. The sonolysis of acetonitrile under argon yielded N2, CH4, and H2; but under oxygen the products were N2, CO, CO2, and H2O. Pure nonaqueous carbon tetrachloride also underwent sonolytic decomposition under either argon or oxygen, with the production of elemental chlorine.