Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1981, 46, 2509-2518

Oxidation of glycolaldehyde by manganese(III) sulphate

Jiří Barek, Antonín Berka and Alena Pokorná-Hladíková

Department of Analytical Chemistry, Charles University, 128 40 Prague 2


Glycolaldehyde was found to be oxidized by manganese(III) sulphate with exchange of two electrons to give formaldehyde and formic acid. The kinetics of the reaction was studied and the reaction mechanism deduced. A convenient procedure is suggested for an indirect determination of glycolaldehyde based on its oxidation with excess manganese(III) sulphate and subsequent retitration of the unreacted reagent with ferrous sulphate.