Formation of hydroxyl radicals on reaction of hypochlorous acid with ferrocyanide, a model iron(II) complex.

@article{Candeias1994FormationOH,
  title={Formation of hydroxyl radicals on reaction of hypochlorous acid with ferrocyanide, a model iron(II) complex.},
  author={Linda Candeias and Michael Stratford and Peter Wardman},
  journal={Free radical research},
  year={1994},
  volume={20 4},
  pages={241-9}
}
Hypochlorous acid reacts with the model iron(II) complex, ferrocyanide (Fe(CN)6(4-)) in aqueous solution with the rate constant 220 +/- 15 dm3 mol-1 s-1. Free hydroxyl radicals are formed in this reaction in 27% yield as shown by the hydroxylation of benzoate to give a product distribution identical to that of free (radiolytically generated) hydroxyl radicals. This reaction is three orders of magnitude faster than the analogous reaction involving hydrogen peroxide (the Fenton reaction… CONTINUE READING

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