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E-Journal of Chemistry
Volume 6, Issue 1, Pages 237-246

Oxidation of Some Aliphatic Alcohols by Pyridinium Chlorochromate -Kinetics and Mechanism

Sapana Jain, B. L. Hiran, and C. V. Bhatt

Chemical Kinetics and Polymer Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Mohan Lal Sukhadia. University, Udaipur (Raj)-313 001, India

Received 26 June 2008; Accepted 20 August 2008

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Kinetics of oxidation of some aliphatic primary and secondary alcohols viz., ethanol, propan-1-ol, propan-2-ol, butan-1-ol, butan-2-ol and 2-methyl butanol by pyridinium chlorochromate (PCC) have been studied in water- perchloric acid medium. The reaction shows first order dependence with respect to pyridinium chlorochromate [PCC] and hydrogen ion [H+]. The rate of oxidation decreases with increase in dielectric constant of solvent suggests ion-dipole interaction. Activation parameters have been evaluated. Products are carbonyl compounds and free radical absence was proved. A tentative mechanism has been proposed.