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Kinetics and Mechanism of Oxidation of 3-phenoxy-1,2-propanediol by Ditelluratocuprate(III) in Alkaline Medium

Jinhuan Shan, Yanping Liu, Haixia Shen, Jiying Zhang, Yafeng Yang


The kinetics of oxidation of 3-phenoxy-1,2-propanediol by ditelluratocuprate(III) (DTC) in alkaline liquids has been studied spectrophotometrically in the temperature range of 293.2 K-313.2 K. The reaction rate showed first order dependence in DTC and fractional order with respect to 3-phenoxy-1,2-propanediol. It was found that the pseudo-first order rate constant kobs increased with an increase in concentration of OH- and a decrease in concentration of TeO42-. The reaction rate changed with the position of hydroxyl group. There is a negative salt effect. A plausible mechanism involving a pre-equilibrium of a adduct formation between the complex and 3-phenoxy-1,2-propanediol was proposed. The rate equations derived from mechanism can explain all experimental observations. The activation parameters along with the rate constants of the rate-determining step were calculated.

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International Journal of Chemistry   ISSN 1916-9698 (Print)   ISSN 1916-9701 (Online)

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