Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Chemistry & Biochemistry

First Advisor

Veronica Vaida

Second Advisor

Veronica M. Bierbaum

Third Advisor

Robert Parson

Abstract

Perfluorocarbons are inert compounds with atmospheric lifetimes of thousands of years; they have very strong IR absorption bands in regions of the solar spectrum unoccupied by other significant absorbers. Vibrational FT-IR spectroscopy was performed on a series of six cyclic perfluorocarbons. These spectra were used to obtain radiative efficiencies and global warming potentials for these cyclic perfluorocarbons. These radiative efficiency and global warming potential values follow trends similar to those of the linear perfluorocarbon counterparts but are, in general, lower with respect to both values.

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