Oxidation of Chlorine(III) by Hypobromous Acid: Kinetics and Mechanism

Zsuzsanna Tóth, István Fábián

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The kinetics and mechanism of the chlorine(III)-HOBr reaction were studied by the stopped-flow method under acidic conditions, pH 1.0-3.0, in 1.0 M NaClO4 and at 25.0 °C. The overall redox process occurs in two consecutive steps via the formation of the BrClO2 intermediate. The electron transfer reactions are coupled with bromine hydrolysis, the formation of the tribromide ion, and the protolytic equilibrium of chlorine(III). On the basis of simultaneous evaluation of the kinetic traces, the following rate constants were obtained for the redox steps: HClO2 + HOBr ⇄ BrClO2 + H2O, k3 = (3.34 ± 0.02) × 104 M-1 s-1, k-3 = (3.5 ± 1.3) × 103 s-1; BrClO2 + ClO2- ⇄ 2ClO2 + Br-, k 4 = (2.9 ± 1.0) × 107 M-1 s -1. The second step was practically irreversible under the conditions applied, and the value of k-4 could not be determined. The equilibrium constant for the formation of BrClO2, K3 = 9.5 M-1, was calculated from the kinetic results, and it was confirmed that this species is a very powerful oxidant. The redox potential was also estimated for the BrClO2 + e- = Br- + ClO2 reaction: ε0o ∼ 1.70 V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2717-2723
Number of pages7
JournalInorganic Chemistry
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Apr 19 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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