Vol 20, No 12

Methanol formation chemistry with revised reactions scheme

Valeriia Alekseevna Sokolova


Abstract The aim of the presented work is to analyze the impact of experimentally evaluated reactions of hydrogen abstraction on surfaces of interstellar grains on the chemical evolution of methanol and its precursors on grains and in the gas phase under conditions of a cold dark cloud and during the collapse of a translucent cloud into a dark cloud. Analysis of simulation results shows that those reactions are highly efficient destruction channels for HCO and H2CO on grain surfaces, and significantly impact the abundances of almost all molecules participating in the formation of CH3OH. Next, in models with those reactions, maximum abundances of methanol in gas and on grain surfaces decrease by more than 2–3 orders of magnitude in comparison to models without surface abstraction reactions of hydrogen. Finally, we study the impact of binding energies of CH2OH and CH3O radicals on methanol chemistry.


Keywords Astrochemistry — ISM: molecules — molecular processes — chemical networks — chemical modeling.

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