, Volume 53, Issue 10, pp 2330-2333

Effect of acetonitrile on the catalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide by vanadium ions and conjugated oxidation of alkanes

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The rate of hydrogen peroxide decomposition in acetonitrile in the presence of a vanadate anion and pyrazine-2-carboxylic acid decreases remarkably when alkane (cyclohexane, n-heptane, isooctane) is added to the reaction solution. The alkane added is oxidized by this system to alkyl hydroperoxide. This is explained by the fact that much more hydrogen peroxide molecules are consumed to acetonitrile oxidation with formation of the final products, which is suppressed considerably by additives of necessary amounts of alkane, than those consumed to the oxidation of cyclohexane to form cyclohexyl hydroperoxide. In an organic solvent, H2O2 decomposes in a non-chain radical process.

Published in Russian in Izvestiya Akademii Nauk. Seriya Khimicheskaya, No. 10, pp. 2231–2234, October, 2004