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Influence of organic acids on the mechanism of chain branching in the oxidation of n-decane

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    The rate of consumption of an inhibitor in the decomposition of n-decyl hydroperoxide in the presence of caproic acid was measured. It was shown that the rate of radical formation in the system increases with increasing concentration of the added acid.

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    A mechanism of chain branching at the profound stages of the oxidation of n-decane, including the formation of radicals in the interaction of the hydroperoxide with the acid, was proposed. The rate constant and activation energy of this process were determined.

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    The rate of chain branching, measured experimentally, coincides with that calculated according to the proposed mechanism over the extent of the entire process of oxidation of n-decane.

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    The elementary event of interaction of hydroperoxide with the acid is facilitated by the formation of inter-molecular hydrogen bonds.

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the article is published on the basis of a resolution of the Conference of Editors-in-Chief of the Journals of the Academy of Sciences, USSR on July 12, 1962 as the dissertation work of L. G. Privalova.

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Privalova, L.G., Maizus, Z.K. Influence of organic acids on the mechanism of chain branching in the oxidation of n-decane. Russ Chem Bull 13, 259–263 (1964). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00853682

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  • Oxidation
  • Hydrogen
  • Activation Energy
  • Hydrogen Bond
  • Organic Acid