The kinetics of oxidation of water to oxygen by MnO4-, mediated by thermally activated ruthenium dioxide hydrate, has been studied. The rate of catalysis is 0.8 order with respect to the surface concentration of MnO4- (which in turn appears to fit a Langmuir adsorption isotherm) and proportional to the catalyst concentration, but is independent of the concentration of manganese(II) ions. The catalysed reaction appears to have an activation energy of 50 +/- 1 kJ mol-1. These observed kinetics are readily rationalised using an electrochemical model in which the catalyst particles act as microelectrodes providing a medium for electron transfer between the highly irreversible oxidation of water to O2 and the highly irreversible reduction of MnO4- to Mn2+.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||JOURNAL OF THE CHEMICAL SOCIETY-DALTON TRANSACTIONS|
|Publication status||Published - 1992|