PH oscillations in the BrO3--SO3 2-/HSO3- reaction in a CSTR

Tibor G. Szántó, Gyula Rábai

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Large-amplitude pH oscillations have been measured during the oxidation of sulfur (IV) species by the bromate ion in aqueous solution in a continuous-flow stirred tank reactor in the absence of any additional oxidizing or reducing reagent. The source of the oscillation in this simple chemical reaction is a two-way oxidation of sulfur (IV) by the bromate ion: (1) the hydrogen-ion-producing self-accelerating oxidation to sulfur (VI) (SO 42-), and (2) a hydrogen-ion-consuming oxidation to sulfur (V) (S2O62-). In such a way, both the H +-producing and H+-consuming composite processes required for a pH oscillator take place in parallel in a reaction between two reagents in this system. A simple reaction scheme, consisting of the protonation equilibria of SO32- and HSO3-, the oxidation of HSO3- and H2SO3 by BrO 3- to SO42-, and the oxidation of H2SO3 to S2O62- has successfully been used to simulate the observed dynamical behavior. Simulation with this simple scheme shows that oscillations can be calculated even if only about 1% of sulfur (IV) is oxidized to S2O62- along with the main product SO42-. Agreement between calculated and measured dynamical behavior is found to be quite good. Increasing temperature decreases both the period length of oscillations in a CSTR and the Landolt time measured in a closed reactor. No temperature compensation of the oscillatory frequency is found in this reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5398-5402
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number24
Publication statusPublished - Jun 23 2005

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