Excitation of vibrational quanta in furfural by intermediate-energy electrons

Darryl Jones, Rafael Coelho Neves, M Lopes, R da Costa, Marcio Varella, Marcio Bettega, Marco Lima, Garcia G, Francisco Blanco, Michael Brunger

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    We report cross sections for electron-impact excitation of vibrational quanta in furfural, at intermediate incident electron energies (20, 30, and 40 eV). The present differential cross sections are measured over the scattered electron angular range 10°-90°, with corresponding integral cross sections subsequently being determined. Furfural is a viable plant-derived alternative to petrochemicals, being produced via low-temperature plasma treatment of biomass. Current yields, however, need to be significantly improved, possibly through modelling, with the present cross sections being an important component of such simulations. To the best of our knowledge, there are no other cross sections for vibrational excitation of furfural available in the literature, so the present data are valuable for this important molecule.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number224304
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
    Issue number22
    Publication statusPublished - 14 Dec 2015


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