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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 627324, 5 pages
Research Article

The Oxidation of 2-(2-Methoxyethoxy)ethanol and 2-(2-Ethoxyethoxy)ethanol by Ditelluratocuprate(III): A Kinetic and Mechanistic Study

College of Chemistry and Environmental Science, Hebei University, Baoding, Hebei 071002, China

Received 12 September 2012; Revised 26 December 2012; Accepted 1 January 2013

Academic Editor: Jose Corchado

Copyright © 2013 Jin-huan Shan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The oxidation of 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethanol (MEE) and 2-(2-ethoxyethoxy)ethanol (EEE) by ditelluratocuprate(III) (DTC) had been studied spectrophotometrically in alkaline medium. The reaction between and showed first-order dependence in DTC and fractional order in MEE and EEE. The rate constant of the pseudo-first-order reaction decreased with an increase of [TeO4  2−], whereas adding [OH] enhanced the constant. In addition, the reaction had a negative salt effect. The rate of EEE was higher than that of MEE. A suitable assumption involving preequilibriums before the rate-controlling step and a free radical mechanism was proposed, based on the kinetic data. Activation parameters and the rate constant of the rate-determining step were calculated.