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Cuprous oxide catalyzed air oxidation of thiosulfate and tetrathionate

Chanda, M and Rempel, GL (1986) Cuprous oxide catalyzed air oxidation of thiosulfate and tetrathionate. In: Applied Catalysis, 23 (1). pp. 101-110.

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Thiosulfate (S2O32−) and tetrathionate (S4O62−)are oxidized to sulfate by air at atmospheric pressure and 50–70°C in the presence of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) as catalyst. Sulfate is produced from S2O32− by series-parallel reaction paths involving S4O62− as an intermediate. The rate data obtained for air oxidation of S2O32− on Cu2O agree well with a pseudo-homogeneous first order kinetic scheme, yielding values of rate constants for series parallel reaction paths which have been used in modelling the catalyzed air oxidation of S2O32−. Air oxidation of S4O62− on Cu2O proceeds at a higher rate in the presence of S2O32− than in its absence. Cu2O is less active than Cu2S for the air oxidation of S2O32−, as shown by the rate constant values which for Cu2O catalyzed oxidation are an order of magnitude smaller than those for the Cu2S catalyzed oxidation.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Applied Catalysis
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2009 03:37
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 05:39
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/21855

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