Observation of a Linear Relationship Between Thermal Stability and Strain Energy of Alkanes


  • Thermolabile Hydrocarbons, Part 5. This work was supported by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the Fonds der Chemischen Industrie and the Otto Röhm Gedächtnisstiftung.—Part 4: H. D. Beckhaus, G. Hellmann, C. Rüchardt, Chem. Ber., in press.


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The differing stability of alkanes between 150 and 700°C has now been quantitatively interpreted. A linear relation exists between the free energy of activation ΔG of thermolysis of many alkanes and their strain energy as determined by force field calculations.