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The reaction of the malonic acid derived radical with oxygen. A reinvestigation by pulse radiolysis

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Abstract

The dicarboxymethyl radicals (derived from malonic acid) and their peroxyl radicals play an important role in the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction, and detailed knowledge of the rate constants are required for modelling this oscillating reaction. Dicarboxymethyl radicals were produced pulse radiolytically in aqueous solutions. They are characterized by absorption maxima at 310 nm at pH 0 (fully protonated, ε = 1210 dm3 mol−1 cm−1) and at 340 nm at pH 8 (dianion, ε = 1070 dm3 mol−1 cm−1). The radicals decay bimolecularly with rate constants of 4 × 108 dm3 mol−1 s−1 at pH 0 and 1.4 × 107 dm3 mol−1 s−1 at pH 8. In the presence of O2, the dicarboxymethyl radicals add O2, and their absorption decays with rate constants of 1.6 × 109 dm3 mol−1 s−1 at pH 0 and 1.3 × 109 dm3 mol−1 s−1 at pH 8. Whereas the second pKa value of the radical is identical to that of the parent compound (5.7), the value of the corresponding peroxyl radical is as low as 3.

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The article was received on 22 Oct 1999, accepted on 25 Nov 1999 and first published on 07 Feb 2000


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/A908442H
J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, 2000, 491-493

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    The reaction of the malonic acid derived radical with oxygen. A reinvestigation by pulse radiolysis

    M. N. Schuchmann, R. Rao, M. Hauser, S. C. Müller and C. von Sonntag, J. Chem. Soc., Perkin Trans. 2, 2000, 491
    DOI: 10.1039/A908442H

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