Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1980, 45, 1168-1172

Influence of oxygen on Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction

Ľudovít Treindl and Peter Fabian

Department of Physical Chemistry, Comenius University, 816 50 Bratislava


This work deals with the effect of oxygen on basic parameters of the Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction in the presence of Ce4+/Ce3+ redox catalyst and malonic acid, citric acid, or 2,4-pentanedione as substrates. Oxygen lowers the duration of the induction period and the first oscillation period as well as the corresponding activation parameters. Oxygen lowers also rate constants and activation parameters for oxidation of malonic and citric acids with Ce4+ ions. It is concluded that the effect of oxygen on the Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction consists mainly in its catalytic influence on the oxidation of the substrate with Ce4+ ions.