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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9(6), 1024-1033; doi:10.3390/ijms9061024
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Ion-Molecule Reactions and Chemical Composition of Emanated from Herculane Spa Geothermal Sources

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1 Babeş Bolyai University, Faculty of Environmental Science, 1 M. Kogălniceanu, 400084 Cluj-Napoca, Romania 2 Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, 103-105 Muncii Bvd, 400641 Cluj-Napoca, Romania 3 Iuliu Haţieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, Department of Medical Informatics and Biostatistics, 6 Louis Pasteur, 400349 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Received: 3 May 2008 / Revised: 3 June 2008 / Accepted: 4 June 2008 / Published: 20 June 2008
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Green Antifouling)
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Abstract

The paper presents a chemical composition analysis of the gases emanated from geothermal sources in the Herculane Spa area (Romania). The upper homologues of methane have been identified in these gases. An ion-molecule reaction mechanism could be implicated in the formation of the upper homologues of methane. The CH4+ ions that appear under the action of radiation are the starting point of these reactions. The presence of hydrogen in the emanated gases may be also a result of these reactions.
Keywords: Ion-molecule reactions; Radioactivity; Methane; Methane upper homologues. Ion-molecule reactions; Radioactivity; Methane; Methane upper homologues.
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Cosma, C.; Suciu, I.; Jäntschi, L.; Bolboacă, S.D. Ion-Molecule Reactions and Chemical Composition of Emanated from Herculane Spa Geothermal Sources. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2008, 9, 1024-1033.

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