An Algorithm for the Design of Propagating Acidity Fronts

Lajos Szirovicza, István Nagypál, Endre Boga

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On the basis of elementary chemical considerations, it is shown that proton-producing redox reactions of oxyanions are expected to be autocatalytic and to manifest propagating acidity fronts. The conditions of proton production in redox reactions are established and verified experimentally by the reactions of S2O32, S4O62, S2O42, SO32, S2O62, and N2H5+ with BrO3, IO3, CIO3, CIO2, and S2O82. Twenty new propagating acidity front reactions have been discovered among the possible combinations of these reactions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2842-2845
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry

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