An in-depth study of the effects of varying degrees of methyl substitution on protonated benzene's electron-ion dissociative recombination (e-IDR) rate constants has been conducted. The e-IDR rate constants for protonated benzene, toluene, xylene, trimethylbenzene, tetramethylbenzene, pentamethylbenzene, hexamethylbenzene, and all of their corresponding isomers have been measured using a Flowing Afterglow equipped with an electrostatic Langmuir probe (FALP) at 300 K. The addition of the first methyl substitution decreases the measured e-IDR rate constant by ∼50%. The addition of successive methyl substituents has little effect on the e-IDR rate constant. Isomeric forms also have no effect on the measured e-IDR rate constant. Implications of the observed trends to the chemistry of the Titan ionosphere are discussed.
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This research was supported under NASA grant number NNX10AB96G .
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