OXIDATION OF RUTHENIUM(II) TRIS(2,2'-BIPYRIDINE) IONS BY THALLIC IONS IN NITRIC-ACID, MEDIATED BY RUTHENIUM DIOXIDE HYDRATE - AN EXAMPLE OF REVERSIBLE HETEROGENEOUS REDOX CATALYSIS

Andrew Mills, G. Meadows

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Abstract

The kinetics of the oxidation of Ru(bpy)32+ to Ru(bpy)33+ by T13+ ions, catalyzed by a dispersion of RuO2-xH2O in 3 mol dm-3 HNO3, are reported as a function of [Ru(bpy)32+], [Tl3+], [Tl+], [RuO2.xH2O], and temperature. The kinetics of Ru(bpy)32+ oxidation fit an electrochemical model of redox catalysis involving electron transfer between the two electrochemically reversible redox couples, i.e. Ru(bpy)33+/Ru(bpy)32+ and Tl3+/Tl+, mediated by the dispersion of microelectrode particles of RuO2.xH2O. In this model, the rate of reaction is assumed to be controlled by the diffusion of Ru(bpy)32+ toward, and Ru(bpy)33+ away from, the catalyst particles. The Arrhenius activation energy for the catalyzed reaction is 25.9 +/- 0.7 kJ mol-1, and the changes in enthalpy and entropy for the reaction are 36 +/- 2 kJ mol-1 and 127 +/- 6 J mol-1 K-1, respectively. This work describes a rare example of reversible heterogeneous redox catalysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3433-3437
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Volume32
Publication statusPublished - 1993

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