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Journal of Chemistry
VolumeΒ 2013Β (2013), Article IDΒ 793560, 4 pages
Research Article

Kinetics and Mechanism of Oxidation of Triethylene Glycol and Tetraethylene Glycol by Ditelluratoargentate (III) in Alkaline Medium

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

Received 25 February 2012; Accepted 26 April 2012

Academic Editor: NianjunΒ Yang

Copyright Β© 2013 Jinhuan Shan and Caihong Yin. 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 kinetics of oxidation of triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol by ditelluratoargentate (III) (DTA) in alkaline liquids has been studied spectrophotometrically in the temperature range of 293.2 K–313.2 K. The reaction rate showed first-order dependence in DTA and fractional order with respect to triethylene glycol or tetraethylene glycol. It was found that the pseudo-first-order rate constant (π‘˜obs) increased with an increase in concentration of OHβˆ’ and a decrease in concentration of H4TeO62βˆ’. There was a negative salt effect and no free radicals were detected. A plausible mechanism involving a two-electron transfer was proposed, and the rate equations derived from the mechanism explained all the experimental results and observations. The activation parameters along with the rate constants of the rate-determining step were calculated.

1. Introduction

Recently, many researchers from many countries are interested in the study of the highest oxidation state of transition metals which in a higher oxidation state generally can be stabilized by chelation with suitable polydentate ligands. Metal chelates, such as diperiodatoargentate (III) [1], ditelluratoargentate (III) [2], ditelluratocuprate (III) [3], and diperiodatonickelate (IV) [4], are good oxidants in a medium with an appropriate pH. The oxidation of a number of organic compounds and metals in lower oxidation state by Ag(III) has also been performed [5, 6]. The research is focus on the kinetics of oxidation of small molecules by DTA. In this paper, the mechanism of the oxidation of triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol by DTA is reported. Both of triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol which serve as thinners, solvent, and dispersant, are used in coatings, inks, printing, dyeing, pesticide, cellulose and acrylic acid industry, and so forth. In addition, they also can be used as fuel antifreeze, cleaning agents, the extractant, nonferrous metal dressing agent and organic synthetic materials, and so forth.

2. Experimental

2.1. Materials

All of the reagents used were AR grade. All of solutions were prepared with doubly distilled water. Solution of DTA was prepared and standardized by the method reported earlier [7]. Its UV spectrum was found to be consistent with that reported. The concentration of DTA was derived from its absorption at πœ†=351 nm. The solution of DTA was prepared with double-distilled water before using. The ionic strength πœ‡ was maintained by adding the solution of KNO3, and the pH of the reaction mixture was regulated with the solution of KOH. The kinetic measurements were performed on a UV-Vis spectrophotometer (TU-1900, Beijing Puxi Inc., China), which had a cellholder kept at a constant temperature (Β±0.1Β°C) by circulating water from a thermostat (DC-2010, Baoding, China). None of the other species absorbed significantly at this wavelength.

2.2. Kinetics Measurements and Product Analysis

All kinetics measurements were carried out under pseudo-first-order conditions. A solution of Ag(III), OHβˆ’, and H4TeO62βˆ’ with known concentrations was mixed with an excess of reductants. The complete fading of DTA color (reddish brown) marked the completion of the reaction. The product of oxidation was identified as ketone by its characteristic spot test [8].

3. Results and Discussion

3.1. Evaluation of Pseudo-First-Order Rate Constants

Under the conditions of [reductant]0≫[Ag(III)]0, the plots of ln(π΄π‘‘βˆ’π΄βˆž)versus time were straight lines, indicating the reaction is first order with respect to [Ag(III)], where 𝐴𝑑 and 𝐴∞ are the absorbance at time t and at infinite time, respectively. The pseudo-first-order rate constants π‘˜obs were calculated by the method of least squares (π‘Ÿβ‰₯0.999). The values of π‘˜obs were the average values of at least three independent experiments. The reproducibility was within Β±5%.

3.2. Rate Dependence on the [Reductant]

At fixed concentration of Ag(III), OHβˆ’, H4TeO62βˆ’, and ionic strength πœ‡, the values of π‘˜obs were determined at different temperatures. The plots of lnπ‘˜obs versus ln[reductant] were linear (π‘Ÿβ‰₯0.999), and from the slope of such plots, the order with respect to reductant was found to be fractional. The plots of [reductant]/π‘˜obs versus [reductant] were straight lines at different temperatures (Figures 1 and 2).

Figure 1: Plots of [triethylene glycol]/π‘˜obs versus [triethylene glycol] (π‘Ÿβ‰₯0.999) [Ag(III)] = 5.21Γ—10βˆ’4 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, [OHβˆ’] = 1.00Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, [H4TeO62βˆ’] = 1.00Γ—10βˆ’3 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, ΞΌ = 3.80Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1.
Figure 2: Plots of [tetraethylene glycol]/π‘˜obs versus [tetraethylene glycol] (π‘Ÿβ‰₯0.999) [Ag(III)] = 5.21Γ—10βˆ’4 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, [OHβˆ’] = 1.00Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, [H4TeO62βˆ’] = 1.00Γ—10βˆ’3 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, ΞΌ = 3.80Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1.
3.3. Rate Dependence on the [OHβˆ’]

At fixed concentrations of Ag(III), H4TeO62βˆ’, reductant, ionic strength ΞΌ, and temperature (298.2 K), the values of π‘˜obs increased with increasing concentration of OHβˆ’. The order with respect to [OHβˆ’] was fractional, and the plot of 1/π‘˜obs versus 1/[OHβˆ’] was linear (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Plots of 1/π‘˜obs versus 1/[OHβˆ’] at 298.2 K (π‘Ÿβ‰₯0.999) [Ag(III)] = 5.21Γ—10βˆ’4 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, [H4TeO62βˆ’] = 1.00Γ—10βˆ’3 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, ΞΌ = ΞΌ = 3.80Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1. (1) [Triethylene glycol] = 3.00Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1. (2) [Tetraethylene glycol] = 3.00Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1.
3.4. Rate Dependence on the [H4TeO62βˆ’]

At constant [Ag(III)], [reductant], [OHβˆ’], ΞΌ, and temperature (298.2 K), the experimental results indicated that π‘˜obs decreased while the [H4TeO62βˆ’]increased. The order with respect to H4TeO62βˆ’ was derived to be an inverse fraction, which revealed that H4TeO62βˆ’ was produced in equilibrium before the rate-determining step. A plot of 1/π‘˜obs versus [H4TeO62βˆ’] was a straight line (Figure 4).

Figure 4: Plots of 1/π‘˜obs versus 102[H4TeO62βˆ’] at 298.2 K(π‘Ÿβ‰₯0.999) [Ag(III)] = 5.21Γ—10βˆ’4 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, [OHβˆ’] = 1.00Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, ΞΌ = 3.80Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, (1) [triethylene glycol] = 3.00Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1. (2) [Tetraethylene glycol] = 3.00Γ—10βˆ’2 molΒ·Lβˆ’1.
3.5. Rate Dependence on the Ionic Strength

With other conditions fixed, the reaction rate was decreased by the addition of KNO3 solution (Table 1), which indicated there was negative salt effect which was consistent with the common regulation of the kinetics [9].

Table 1: Rate dependence on ionic strength ΞΌ.
3.6. Reaction Mechanism

In an alkaline medium, the electric dissociation equilibrium of telluric acid was given earlier (pKw=14):H5TeO6βˆ’+OHβˆ’β‡ŒH4TeO62βˆ’+H2HOlg𝛽1=3.049,(1)4TeO6βˆ’2+OHβˆ’β‡ŒH3TeO6βˆ’3+H2Olg𝛽2=βˆ’1.(2) The distribution of all species of tellurate in aqueous alkaline solution can be calculated from (1) and (2). In the alkaline medium, [OHβˆ’] = 0.01 molΒ·Lβˆ’1, the equation can be calculated: [H4TeO62βˆ’]:[H5TeO6βˆ’] :[H3TeO63βˆ’]= 1000 : 89 : 1; in the concentration range of OHβˆ’ used in this work, the H5TeO6βˆ’ and H3TeO63βˆ’ species can be neglected and the main tellurate species is H4TeO62βˆ’. According to the literature [10], the main DTA species is [Ag(H4TeO6)2]βˆ’ over the experimental concentration range of [OHβˆ’].

According to the above experimental facts, the following reaction mechanism is proposed: ξ€Ίξ€·HAg4TeO6ξ€Έ2ξ€»βˆ’+OHβˆ’πΎ1β‡Œξ€Ίξ€·HAg3TeO6ξ€Έξ€»+H4TeO62βˆ’+H2ξ€Ίξ€·HO,(3)Ag3TeO6ξ€Έξ€»+HOCH2RCH2OH𝐾2β‡Œξ€Ίξ€·HAg3TeO6ξ€Έξ€·HOCH2RCH2,ξ€Ίξ€·HOHξ€Έξ€»(4)Ag3TeO6ξ€Έξ€·HOCH2RCH2OHξ€Έξ€»π‘˜βŸΆslowAg(I)+HOCH2RCHO.(5) Reactions (3) and (4) are dissociation and coordination equilibrium, the reaction rates of which are generally fast, reaction (5) is an electron-transfer reaction, the reaction rates of which are generally slow. Hence, reaction (5) is the rate-determining step:ξ€Ίξ€»βˆ’dAg(III)𝑑Hd𝑑=π‘˜Ag3TeO6ξ€Έξ€·HOCH2RCH2OHξ€Έξ€».(6) [Ag(III)]t stands for any form of Ag(III) complex which exists in the equilibrium and Rβ€² stands for both of the reductants:ξ€Ίξ€»βˆ’dAg(III)𝑑=dπ‘‘π‘˜πΎ1𝐾2ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»[OHβˆ’]𝐾1𝐾2ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»[OHβˆ’]+𝐾1[OHβˆ’]+ξ€ΊH4TeO62βˆ’ξ€»ξ€Ίξ€»Ag(III)𝑑=π‘˜obsξ€Ίξ€»Ag(III)𝑑,(7)π‘˜obs=π‘˜πΎ1𝐾2ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»[OHβˆ’]𝐾1𝐾2ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»[OHβˆ’]+𝐾1[OHβˆ’]+ξ€ΊH4TeO62βˆ’ξ€».(8) Rearranging (8) leads to the following:ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»π‘˜obs=ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»π‘˜+ξ€ΊH4TeO62βˆ’ξ€»+𝐾1[OHβˆ’]π‘˜πΎ1𝐾2[OHβˆ’],(9)1π‘˜obs=1+𝐾2ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»π‘˜πΎ2ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»+ξ€ΊH4TeO62βˆ’ξ€»π‘˜πΎ1𝐾2ξ€ΊRξ…žξ€»1[OHβˆ’].(10) From (9), the plots of [Rβ€²]/π‘˜obs versus [Rβ€²] are straight lines, and the rate constants of the rate-determining step at different temperatures are obtained from the slope of the straight line. Equation (10) indicates that the plots of 1/π‘˜obs versus 1/[OHβˆ’] and 1/π‘˜obs versus [H4TeO62βˆ’] are straight lines. Activation energy and the thermodynamic parameters are evaluated by the method given earlier (Table 2).

Table 2: Rate constants (π‘˜) and activation parameters of the rate-determining step (𝑇=298.2K).

4. Conclusion

Based on the former discussion and results, we can know that the rate constants of the rate-determining step and the activation parameters for triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol are contiguous. Both of triethylene glycol and tetraethylene glycol form the same intermediate compounds with Ag(III), and the rate of tetraethylene glycol is a little quicker than that of triethylene glycol. The reason is that the electron-donating ability of tetraethylene glycol is larger than that of triethylene glycol. The transition complex formation between tetraethylene glycol and DTA is more stable than that of triethylene glycol.


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