Journal of Applied Electrochemistry

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 167–173 | Cite as

Electrochemical oxidation of aliphatic hydrocarbons promoted by inorganic radicals. I. OH radicals

  • Renato Tomat
  • Adelio Rigo


The OH initiated oxidation of aliphatic hydrocarbons by the simultaneous electrochemical reduction of O2 and of Fe(III) at controlled potential was investigated in the liquid phase over a Fe(III) concentration range 0.5–5 mM. OH radicals were generated by the reaction: Fe(II)+H2O2→Fe(III)+.OH+OH

The compounds studied were the linear alkane hydrocarbons from C5 to C10 and 3-methyl pentane. The results showed that the ketones are the only reaction products and that the yields decrease with increasing number of carbonium atoms of the hydrocarbon. Decreasing yields were also observed with increasing Fe(III) concentration.


Oxidation Physical Chemistry H2O2 Hydrocarbon Liquid Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Renato Tomat
    • 1
  • Adelio Rigo
    • 2
  1. 1.Istituto di Polarografia ed ElettrochimicaPreparativa del CNRPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di Patologia GeneraleUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly

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