In my research, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy is
used to analyze the evolved gases in thermal decomposition reactions.
By studying the evolved gases, the thermodynamics and kinetics of the
reactions are determined. Two major types of compounds are being studied
presently. The decomposition of first row transition metal-acetylacetonate
complexes is being studied because these compounds can be used in
Chemical Vapor Deposition processes. The thermal degradation of
carbon tetrachloride and 1,2-dichloroethane in the presence of
copper sulfide and copper oxide to assess their use as destructive
reagents for chlorocarbons.