Kinetics and Mechanism of Oxidation of n-Pentanol by Tetramethylammonium Fluorochromate

Document Type : Research Paper

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Abstract

The oxidation of n-pentanol by tetramethylammonium fluorochromate in acidic solution was
studied using spectrophotometric technique. The reaction was arranged to be under pseudo firstorder
conditions respect to the oxidant. A Michaelis-Menten type kinetic was observed respect to
the substrate. The reaction is catalyzed by hydrogen ions. Dependences of the reaction rates on
temperature and different solvents have been studied. The solvent effect was analyzed using
Kamlet-Taft's and Swain's multiparametric equations. Finally, a mechanism consistent with the
observed results has been proposed and discussed.

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