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Kinetics and Mechanism of Oxidation of Mono Manganese(II) Substituted Lacunary Phosphotungstate and Phophomolybdate by Bromate Ion

[ Vol. 6 , Issue. 4 ]


Jyoti N. Barge and Gavisiddappa S. Gokavi   Pages 266 - 275 ( 10 )


Objective: Oxidation of manganese(II) substituted lacunary phophotungstate and phosphomolybdate by bromate was investigated in aqueous sulphuric acid.

Method: The reaction was found to involve an induction period due to initiation through the oxidation of traces of bromide by bromate. Under the reaction conditions the reductants exit as their unprotonated anions [PMnW11O39]5- and [PMnMo11O39]5- respectively. The orders in both the bromate and hydrogen ion were found to be two each. Both the anions were oxidized by the HBrO2 free radical generated during the induction period and thereafter the reaction follows the pseudo-first-order nature. The higher order with respect to bromate and hydrogen ion is due to the formation and disproportionation of the HBrO2 free radical.

Results: The values of the activation parameters determined indicate an outer sphere nature of the reaction between the anions and the free radical. The effect of ionic strength and change in the solvent polarity did not affect the rate of the reaction.

Conclusion: The higher stability of the anions and their products results into a simple rate law even though the redox potential of the anions was sufficient enough to get oxidized by bromate directly. A probable mechanism was proposed justifying the kinetic results.


Bromate, kinetics, mechanism, oxidation, POM (Lacunary MnII polyoxometalates).


Department of Chemistry, Shivaji Uinversity, Kolhapur 416004, Maharashtra State, Department of Chemistry, Shivaji Uinversity, Kolhapur 416004, Maharashtra State

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