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Revisiting the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with vicinal diols in water

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Abstract

The carbonyl products of the reactions of hydroxyl radicals with three vicinal diols (ethane-1,2-diol, propane-1,2-diol and butane-2,3-diol) have been identified and quantified. Hydroxyl radicals were produced by γ-radiolysis of N2O-saturated aqueous solutions. The reactions result in the formation of alkoxyl radicals (∼15%) followed by β-fragmentation, and α-hydroxyl alkyl radicals that undergo H2O elimination. The latter process is part of a radical chain reaction at higher diol concentrations.

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The article was received on 07 Sep 2011, accepted on 26 Oct 2011 and first published on 27 Oct 2011


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C1OB06538F
Citation: Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012,10, 1102-1107
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    Revisiting the reaction of hydroxyl radicals with vicinal diols in water

    D. Jiang, S. Barata-Vallejo, B. T. Golding, C. Ferreri and C. Chatgilialoglu, Org. Biomol. Chem., 2012, 10, 1102
    DOI: 10.1039/C1OB06538F

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