Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1988, 53, 554-562

Kinetics of oxidation of the bis(ethylenediamine)mercaptoacetatocobalt(III) and cysteinato-bis(ethylenediamine)cobalt(III) ions by hydrogen peroxide in mixed aqueous-nonaqueous solutions

Ján Benko, Oľga Vollárová and Miroslav Kovarčík

Department of Physical Chemistry Faculty of Science, Comenius University, 842 15 Bratislava


The kinetics of oxidation of the coordinatively bonded sulphur in the cysteinato-bis(ethylenediamine)cobalt(III) and bis(ethylenediamine)mercaptoacetatocobalt(III) complexes by hydrogen peroxide to the sulphoxides was examined in HClO4 solutions (c(HClO4) = 1 – 500 mmol l-1) with a view to obtaining data characterizing the effect of the acid-base equilibria of the reactants on the reaction rate. The reaction rate was found affected particularly by the acid-base equilibrium of the oxidant, which plays a role in strongly acid solutions. The oxidation was also studied in water-methyl alcohol, water-tert-butyl alcohol and water-ethylene glycol mixtures, and the effect of the mole fraction of the nonaqueous component on the rate constant and thermodynamic activation parameters was examined.