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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 3, Pages 920-927

Kinetic Studies on the Oxidation of Some para and meta-Substituted Cinnamic Acids by Pyridinium Bromochromate in the Presence of Oxalic Acid (A Co-oxidation Study)

G. Vanangamudi1 and S. Srinivasan2

1P.G and Research Department of Chemistry, Government Arts College, Chidambaram-608102, India
2Department of Chemistry, DDE, Annamalai University, Annamalainagar-608 002, India

Received 29 October 2008; Revised 15 March 2009; Accepted 17 March 2009

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The kinetics of oxidation of cinnamic acids by pyridinium bromochromate (PBC) in the presence of oxalic acid has been studied in acetic acid-water (60:40%) medium. The reaction shows unit order dependence each with respect to oxidant as well as oxalic acid [OX], the order with respect to [H+] and [CA] are fractional. The reaction is acid catalyzed and a low dielectric constant favours the reaction. Increase the ionic strength has no effect on the reaction rate. In the case of substituted cinnamic acids the order with respect to substrate vary depending upon the nature of the substituent present in the ring. In general, the electron withdrawing substituents retard the rate while the electron releasing substituents enhance the rate of reaction. From the kinetic data obtained the activation parameters have been computed and a suitable mechanism has been proposed.