Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1983, 48, 13-25

Oscillations of the enol form of 2,4-pentanedione during Belousov-Zhabotinskii reaction

Ivan Tkáč and Ľudovít Treindl

Department of Physical Chemistry, Comenius University, 842 15 Bratislava


In the Belousov-Zhabotinskii oscillation reaction with 2,4-pentanedione and Mn2+ /Mn3+ redox catalyst, also the enol form of the substrate has an oscillating concentration. The decrease of the concentration of the enol form is due to its reaction with bromine and Mn3+ ions; its increase corresponds to the reestablishment of the keto-enol equilibrium, when the concentrations of bromine and Mn3+ ions are low. An oscillating time-course was observed also with the concentration of the intermediate product of the reaction, of 2,4-pentanedione with Mn3+ ions, probably an intermediate complex [Mn(III)-enol], which oscilated with a phase shift against Mn3+ ions.